Three-Time Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire Lynch and her band will take the stage at Francis Marion University's Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the bluegrass genre. She has now earned The International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” title three times, as well as two GRAMMY nominations. “Dear Sister,” her new album was nominated for 2013 Album of the Year and showcases Lynch and her razor sharp band (Mark Schatz – bass, Matt Wingate – guitar, mandolin, Bryan McDowell – fiddle, mandolin) on a rock-solid, 10-song set of bluegrass, folk and Americana cuts.
Standouts include “Doin’ Time” (with Tim O’Brien on vocals and bouzouki), the title track “Dear Sister”—an anthemic ballad of the Civil War written by Lynch and Louisa Branscomb that is based on recently discovered historic letters written by a relative of Louisa’s —and the Pierce Pettis-penned “That Kind of Love.” The songs constitute what is possibly Claire’s most personal record to date and certainly one of the most broadly accessible albums of her career.
Lynch was recently awarded one of the 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists. With only seven awards going to musicians this year, the 2012 USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields - including cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts and visual arts.
As a songwriter of inventive and evocative Music Row fare, her songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, and others, and she has performed as a backing/harmony vocalist with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Pam Tillis -- just to name a few.
The cost of the concert is $25. For tickets to the Nov. 15 concert, contact the Performing Arts box office at 843-661-4444, or online at www.fmupac.org.