April 20, 2017
Special Thursday night event: live music from Almond&Olive and Calvin Conway. Sound by Jon Monteverde.
Almond&Olive (A&O), comprised of singer-songwriters Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson, create inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres, while also incorporating Alms’ timeless vocals and the duo’s distinct songwriting. Blended together, Alms and Davidson's voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs. The music A&O creates comes at you in waves. Together their voices lay down a solid base and tone, funneling you into succinct chorus melodies that build into a crescendo of rich and powerful harmonies. The end result of each song is satisfying and expressive, weaving together themes of love, fear, hope and loss. Each song’s purpose is to mark a moment in time and give the listener a glimpse into the lives of these prolific songwriters. It’s a vulnerable look at times, though for the most part the music resolves itself to the basic emotions of hope and love, and let’s you know that no matter how low things get, there is a lift coming soon. Alms and Davidson believe that, when possible, using their platform of musical creation and performance to give back to those in need is a natural extension of their personal goals: to make the world a better place for those who live in it.
For this Transistor performance, Almond&Olive performed songs from their newly released debut album,
"Standing at the Precipice," as well as some new material not yet released. The show will feature Phil Roach (of Cornmeal) on violin and Rebekah Abel on trumpet and French horn.
Visit Almond&Olive at almondolivemusic.com.
Calvin Conway is a songwriter from Chicago who plays harmonica and sings with heart. All of his songs are true stories, written from his solo train travels across America. The sound is familiar, yet original, and his brand of blues steeped Americana faithfully hits home every time.
For his performance at Transistor, Calvin played an inspired, original set of music, complete with stories from the train. He was joined by Bill Pekara on guitar.
Find Calvin at calvinconway.com
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