Soaring vocals, stellar songwriting and crazy humor…it’s all there.
Vance Gilbert is one of the pre-eminent acoustic performers of today. From influences of Motown and R&B to classic Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, Gilbert has paved his own musical path with fresh and electrifying songs. With 10 CDs, a year and a half on the road with George Carlin, opening for Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker (who asked him to extend his opening set) he’s been a rotating presence at nearly every music festival and acoustic listening venue in North America to much critical acclaim. Most recently Paul Reiser is added to the list of those requesting Vance to open his shows.
As Vance’s audience knows, the magic of Vance happens on stage. His live show has a reputation that precedes it.
Over the course of over a decade in the music business, Vance has made many great recordings and his latest BaD Dog Buffet received rave reviews. With every project he does, Vance is no stranger to critical acclaim. His previous album, Old White Men hit the Top 10 for 2 straight months on the Folk DJ chart; Unfamiliar Moon landed in the Boston Globe’s Top 10 CD’s of the Year and his live album, Somerville Live was cited by the Boston Globe as the disc “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.” Going back to his roots, Vance also recorded a fan-funded album of jazz standards, entitled “Nearness of You” which Jazz Weekly called an “incredibly well-recorded disc.”
Throughout all this activity, Vance has been busy touring in Australia, the U.S and Canada. His appearance at Isis Music Hall is a not-to-be-missed chance to hear new songs and undoubtedly some new stories to tell which will have the audience rolling in the aisles. As the Boston Globe put it, “He is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats as eagerly between songs as they do during them.”
James Maddock’s status as a fixture on the Folk and Americana scene is confirmed with every listen of any song in his prodigious catalog. Relix Magazine put it this way: “James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages. Fortunately, he doesn’t need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery.”
After fronting the Columbia Records band Wood, whose debut Songs From Stamford Hill was featured prominently on TV shows such as “Dawson’s Creek,” Maddock moved from England to New York City in 2003. His 2009 album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for Best Americana Album, while the follow-up Wake Up And Dream ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV’s (NYC) Listener Poll. With the release of Another Life (2013) and The Green (2015) Maddock continued to demonstrate why many consider him to be one of the best singer/songwriters working today. He has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows). According to radio legend Vin Scelsa, Maddock’s “heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely crafted” music “touches the soul.” As a songwriter, James recently had three songs co-written with Mike Scott on the new Waterboys album Modern Blues (which appeared in the Top 50 on the UK Albums Chart), a co-write with Gary Barlow (“Actress”) on Barlow’s new album (2X Platinum), as well as a cut (“Fragile”) on the Dirt On My Tongue album by emerging UK artist Jo Harman. Songs from Another Life have been featured on NBC’s Parenthood and ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. Maddock is a constant live presence in the U.S. and Europe. His new full-length studio album, Insanity Vs. Humanity, recorded in Brooklyn with his touring band was released on September 15, 2017. A new record is slated for release in the Fall of 2018. For up-to-date news and concert schedule, log on to www.jamesmaddock.net.