April 27, 2019 | 7:30pm
The John and Christina Markey Malden Senior Community Center
7 Washington Street – Malden, Massachusetts
Hauntingly beautiful vocals, artful lyricism, and thoughtful musings on the human condition abound in this evening guaranteed to touch your soul. Madigan, Poddar and Marie are all accomplished folk artists, each with albums that have earned them public acclaim and a place on the national folk scene, including at Boston landmarks The Burren and Club Passim, and notable venues like Godfrey Daniels, Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA and the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Their work is starkly honest, socially poignant and richly rewarding.
Students & Seniors free
Molly Pinto Madigan
Hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions, Molly Pinto Madigan (www.mollypintomadigan.com) won first place in WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and was named “Artist of the Year” at Salem State University, her alma mater. Madigan has performed extensively around the Boston area at venues like Club Passim, The Boston Celtic Music Festival, First Night Boston, Cantab Lounge, notloB Parlor Concerts, Campfire Festival, The Lizard Lounge, and The Bull Run, sharing the stage with some big names in folk music, including Claire Lynch, Scott Alarik, Bridget Fitzgerald (of Cherish the Ladies), Robbie O’Connell (of The Clancy Brothers), Susan Cattaneo, Tracy Grammer, and John Carter Cash. Molly has been featured on WUMB’s Local Folk, WATD’s Almost Famous, as well as WBRS’s Off the Beaten Path. She recently won first place in the Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Contest, and was awarded a prestigious Passim Iguana Music Fund for her album, “Wildwood Bride.”
Prateek Poddar (www.prateeksongs.com) is a singer-songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts. His most recent single “Emma,” has been described as “stripped-down, honest heartbreak” (Vanyaland), and is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Prateek was nominated for “Songwriter of The Year” at the 2018 New England Music Awards and is currently nominated for “Singer-Songwriter of The Year” at the 2018 Boston Music Awards. After taking up songwriting in college, he got his start as a musician playing the famed Lizard Lounge Open Mic in Cambridge Massachusetts, usually every week. In 2016, he released his debut EP, “Walking in My Sleep,” recorded in a bedroom with only his guitar and two microphones. Since then, Prateek has played on stages and at festivals across the United States, including the Kerrville Folk Festival and Club Passim.
Rachel Marie (www.rachelmarie.com) is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are relevant, relatable, and far-reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. Rachel takes an unapologetically honest approach to songwriting in an effort to foster genuine human connection and encourage empathy through music. Passion for using the power of her voice to shed light on injustice gives rise to poignant poetic statements on subjects from heartbreak and death to police brutality and immigration. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs keeps audiences charmed.
Rachel’s first musical home in Boston was in early music, earning a master’s degree from the Longy School of Music and performing with groups such as the Boston Camerata, Eudaimonia, and Emmanuel Music. She is now planting roots in the Boston folk music scene, thriving on a supportive community of songwriters and building a musical home.
Opening Act | Duo Sessions
Niko Malinowski, guitar and Sam Bigus, bass
Heavily influenced by the innovators of modern music and the early jazz giants, Duo Sessions features Niko Malinowski on guitar and Sam Bigus on bass. They play a mix of jazz standards, contemporary tunes, and original compositions. Niko and Sam are energetic and engaging musicians and have played at numerous music venues such as Chianti, The Bebop, and The Fallout Shelter. Their music emphasizes conversation and improvisation, and seeks to captivate and inspire their audiences.