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Local acts to headline night of me & thee coffeehouse performances Sept. 14

Posted by Liam O'Kennedy  August 9, 2012 10:00 AM

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On Friday, September 14, the me & thee celebrates an all-Marblehead night headlining Mason Daring (left) and Jeanie Stahl. "Marblehead Morning" is one of the most exquisite songs of all time. Mason is known for his gorgeous movie soundtrack work and Jeanie is a master of ballads and hot jazzy torch songs. Daring and Stahl will be joined by stellar bassist, Richard Gates. Opening will be Addy & Julia, two Marblehead students who in addition to performing as a duo, are members of the high school’s renown a cappella groups. They put on quite a performance at our Beatles benefit this summer. You won’t want to miss this concert. Doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8:00 PM show at the me & thee coffeehouse which is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street.

Mason Daring moved to Boston after college and a collapsed record deal. He spent the next year as a subsistence folk singer, becoming the house act at the famed Bull & Finch Pub - the model for the TV show Cheers. But the coffee-house circuit was a netherworld, not quite big enough to break into pop radio, and Daring decided it was time to move ahead. He enrolled at Suffolk Law School, but soon thereafter met folk-singer Jeanie Stahl. Her extraordinary vocal talent persuaded him to renew his performance career -while maintaining his status as a full time law student and paying the bills driving a Checker Cab- and the duo quickly became a staple on the North-East singer/songwriter circuit, playing as far afield as Chicago and New York. Their signature song, Marblehead Morning, became a hit on regional radio, they released a pair of albums on Philo, and they became such a fixture at Cambridge's famed Passim's Folk Club that their Passim All-Stars still gather for semi-regular reunion gigs. Daring took an additional course in copyright law at Harvard Law, graduated from Suffolk Law School in 1976, and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1977. But it was his law work that led, ultimately, to his first film score. He served as legal counsel to first-time filmmaker John Sayles during the production of The Return Of The Secaucus Seven. Sayles had heard Daring's recordings, and at the end of editing came to Mason with an offer to write the music score for the film - for a total budget of $700 dollars. The film was a critical success, and when Sayles started his next film, Lianna, he returned to Mason for both the legal and musical work. Daring turned down the legal work but eagerly accepted the job as composer. He has gone on to compose the scores for all the films of John Sayles.  

Marblehead based songstress Jeanie Stahl was on the crest of a promising solo career, in 1983, when a tragic wind surfing accident prevented her from performing for two years. The release of her debut solo album, I'm Just Fooling Myself, came about at that time. In addition to performing frequently at New England folk music clubs and coffeehouses, Jeanie and Mason periodically joined together with Bill Staines, Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick in the folk super-group, The Passim All-Stars. With the increased demand for Daring's time as a producer and soundtrack composer, Stahl began to perform as a soloist in the early-1980s. Although she's turned the songs of such songwriters as Gordon Lightfoot, Robin Batteau and Randy Newman into heartfelt experiences, Stahl remains as effective singing jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s.

Opening act, Addy Sleeman and Julia Taliesin have been singing together for about a year. They also perform individually by singing in two of the school's a cappella groups: Addy is in the Jewel Tones and Julia is in Luminescence. These Marbleheaders have been performing in small coffeehouses, competitions and fundraisers, area concerts, and at private events. They love performing and it shows in their faces and in their interaction with an audience. This young duo is captivating their growing following with their striking vocal harmonies, compelling melodies, and impassioned lyrics. Both young women have a diverse performance background, which has included choral work, stage productions, and Broadway-style ensembles. 

Tickets for the performance by Mason Daring and Jeannie Stahl with Richard Gates – Addy & Julia opening are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.meanthee.org and can be purchased in person in Marblehead at either the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas. The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus. The me & thee is the oldest continually running acoustic coffeehouse in New England. The me & thee has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website: www.meandthee.org.

Next concert:  September 21, 2012 – Erin McKeown with Barnaby Bright opening

CALENDAR/PSA: Friday, September 14, 2012 Mason Daring and Jeannie Stahl with Richard Gates – Addy and Julia opening at the me and thee. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. The coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead and starts at 8 p.m. Call 781-631-8987 or go to www.meandthee.org for information and directions. 

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Addy Sleeman and Julia Taliesin

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