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Monday, June 11, 2007
Rose Polenzani & Sharon Lewis, "Kings and Queens" tour, Wednesday, June 20
Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Doors 7:00pm, concert 7:30pm
After touring the world and releasing 4 albums as one half of the brilliant female duo Pooka, UK songwriter Sharon Lewis is now performing songs from her debut solo album The Hour Lilies. Previous tours in the UK, USA and Europe have seen her accompanying acts such as Everything But The Girl, Kristen Hersh, The Levellers and Al Stewart, in addition to intensive headline tours throughout France, Italy and the UK. Accompanied by piano and guitar Sharon's songs are classic and soulful. Her performances have been described as "remarkably intimate with melodies that turn you inside out". Sharon has recently sung with legendary dance act The Chemical Brothers and also collaborated with artists such as Orbital, Ultramarine and Rob Ellis of PJ Harvey. Produced, composed and recorded by Sharon, The Hour Lilies is a home spun record featuring a very fine collection of gentle and original songs.
Rose Polenzani was raised in the Chicago area and attended Knox College before leaving to pursue a singing career. Her singing style is distinctive and emotionally charged. She plays guitar and, less frequently, piano. Her lyrics often consist of rich blends of obscure images and emotions. Rose has performed in Lilith Fair in 1998, and the Sundance Film Festival in 1999. She has opened for the Indigo Girls, David Gray, Vic Chesnutt, Patty Griffin, Joan Baez, Jonatha Brooke, and Shawn Colvin. She has been reviewed positively in the Utne Reader, BUST Magazine, and the Boston Globe. Rose performed as part of Voices on the Verge, a collaborative musical project with Beth Amsel, Jess Klein, and Erin McKeown. Voices on the Verge toured together in 2001 and 2002 and released a live album, Voices on the Verge: Live In Philadelphia on the Rykodisc label. In 2004, Polenzani toured with Sharon Lewis of the British band Pooka, whom she cites as a major musical influence.