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Maeve and Jim Trick at the me&thee

Posted by Christina Jedra  January 22, 2013 10:00 AM

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 Two out of the three Maeve group members are Marblehead natives.

The following was submitted by Kathy Sands Boehmer: 

On Friday, February 1, the me&thee features a mostly Marblehead night with Maeve and Jim Trick – two thirds of Maeve and all of Jim are Marblehead residents. Maeve is three girls, three guitars, and three voices: Courtney Reid, Rachel Taylor and Rollyn Zoubek. Maeve mixes gorgeous, soulful vocals with fabulous understated arrangements. Jim Trick is an award-winning performing songwriter and speaker. His music has been featured in ad campaigns, films and for the last decade he has been performing and inspiring audiences. 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.

Reid, Taylor, and Zoubek – the women of Maeve -- blend together their own distinct voices and styles to create a cohesive sound rich with harmony reminiscent of the Indigo Girls and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Maeve was birthed in 2001 when a promoter friend suggested that the girls, who were all performing in different musical configurations at the time, collaborate for an evening at a venue just for fun. This performance led to additional collaboration both as performers and songwriters. The trio then decided to take their music underground to try out their new songs and develop their unique sound alongside Boston commuters while busking in Harvard Square and at the Back Bay Train Station. One day while playing in the subway, the then-nameless band met a little girl named "Maeve" who danced to their music and dropped a dollar in the open guitar case. Thanks to this little angel, the band discovered its name. Above ground, Maeve continues to share their music in East Coast clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, churches and women's conferences. Maeve has shared the stage with Jars of Clay, Ollabelle, Brooks Williams, Nicole Nordeman, Sara Groves and Sam Phillips. Maeve has independently released four recordings and have worked with producers Phil Madeira (Buddy Miller), Don Chaffer (Waterdeep, Sara Groves), and most-recently with Grammy Award winning producer Charlie Peacock.

Covered in blood and screaming are not descriptions typically applied to acoustic musicians. This however is exactly how Jim Trick began his career as a performer. The community theater production of “The Wizard of Oz” was underway. Jim's chubby eight-year-old thighs were crammed into a pair of yellow tights and he and the other two "lollipop guild" munchkins were about to take the stage. Heart pounding and palms clammy he stepped into the light. At that precise moment his tiny nose began to bleed so profusely as to evoke gasps from the audience and to launch him into a complete meltdown. Fast forward 32 years and you will find that Jim's thighs are still chubby. He has not worn tights again and virtually never gets nosebleeds. He has however evolved into a magnetic and engaging performer speaker. For the last twenty years Jim has melded his original brand of alt-folk / solo acoustic rock with motivational life lessons taught and sung at retreats all over the country. Jim's concert appearances are intimate and with disarming humor and transparency Jim is able to instantly connect with his audience. Jim's fourth and most recent release is entitled Jim Trick Buying the Field was produced by Thomas Eaton (Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul) and features a wonderful array of players including Duke Levine, Maeve and John Curtis (Pousette Dart, Patty Griffin).

Tickets for the performance by Maeve / Jim Trick are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.  Tickets are available online at http://meandthee.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, and probably the country. 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 http://meandthee.org/.

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