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Amy Speace and Chuck E. Costa in NJ Feb 6,2010

WFDU - Ron Olesko 30 Jan 10 - 09:36 PM
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Subject: Amy Speace and Chuck E. Costa in NJ
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 09:36 PM

On Saturday February 6 at 8:00pm, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club Concert Series at the Fair Lawn Community Center will present singer-songwriter Amy Speace. Opening the evening will be Chuck E. Costa.

Amy Speace's songs have taken her on the road, extensively touring to an impressive and loyal grass-roots fan base. Her live performances deliver warmth and humor with lyrics that evoke a universal emotion from her supporters. Other artists are recording her songs, including folk music legend Judy Collins who recently recorded Amy's song "Weight of the World" for an upcoming CD.

Born in Baltimore and raised in small-town Pennsylvania, Speace initially had her sights set on a career as a playwright/actor, graduating from Amherst College and toured with the prestigious National Shakespeare Company. After moving to New York, she had roles in various off-Broadway productions and independent films, ran her own theater company, and taught Shakespeare in the New York City school system.After teaching herself to play guitar, she began setting her poetry to music,and quickly found songwriting to be the most creatively fulfilling thing she'd ever done. She soon began performing as half of the female duo Edith O.

Speace made her solo debut with the 2002 release Fable,recorded with $5000 donated by fans and released on her own Twangirl label.Giving up her hard-won acting career to become a full-time musician, she hopped into her car and hit the road, booking herself into every club, cafe and college that would have her. After catching a performance at the SXSW music industry festival, Judy Collins' manager brought Speace to the attention of Collins, who signed her as the first artist to her Wildflower label. Amy's debut for the label, Songs For Bright Street, received warm praise from critics, including those in Europe, which has enabled her to build a strong touring base there. Her latest album, The Killer in Me, was written in a cabin in the New York mountains and explores darker, more personal themes.

Opening for Amy will be Chuck E. Costa. His candid and visceral delivery of literate and well-crafted contemporary folk tunes has steadily raised his profile on the national club, coffeehouse and festival circuits.

Chuck never started playing guitar. Instead, he started rummaging through the basement in search of his grandfather's baseball cards. Meddling through stacks of old china and piles of winter coats, he never found them. Something found him instead.Strumming it's scraggly strings; a progression of broken chords, he played with an honesty and innocence that would be preserved in the songs he would later write.

Since earning a degree in philosophy in Boulder, Chuck, a native New Yorker, returned to the Northeast and released 3 independent albums and an EP since 2002. He is a modern day troubadour who has been touring the country consistently for several years cutting his teeth as a performer and songwriter. With his dulcet voice and emotive lyrics Chuck has grown into a singer/songwriter with a unique and honest voice.

The Fair Lawn Community Center is located at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ. Tickets for this concert are only $18 (just $15 for Hurdy Gurdy members) and can be purchased online at or at the box office at the Fair Lawn Community Center on the night of the concert.

Additional information can be received at the website or by calling the Hurdy Gurdy Hotline at (201) 384-1325.

Ron Olesko
The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club

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