Saturday night is the second to last Steeple Coffeehouse show for the season, and they’re featuring a double bill with Danielle Mraglia and the duo of Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz. Here are the program notes:
Folk fans in the Northeast are already hip to the talents of Danielle Miraglia, and with her latest release, Nothing Romantic, it won’t be long before the rest of the country takes notice as well. The record begins with “Snow Globe” which showcases her impressive talent on the acoustic guitar, fingerpicking like ol’ Doc Watson himself. Next comes “Sell My Soul,” a rowdy, bluesy number about the temptations and frustrations of the music scene. “Pull up the black limousine, dig me from this hole, set up the drum machine, I’m ready to sell my soul,” Miraglia sings as soulful harmonica and bari sax commiserate.
Mandolin, bass, piano, dobro, pedal steel and drums all make appearances on the record, weaving in and around the true star of the record: Miraglia’s smoky vocals. They sweetly draw you in, while spiritedly getting her point across.
Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz
Leslie and Steve moved to Rochester from the Boston area where together they ran The Mozaic Room coffeehouse, which ended its eleven-year run in the Spring of 2007. In 2003, they started recording and performing together as a duo. Their music combines their backgrounds in traditional, country and gospel music with their taste for contemporary singer/songwriters. Their performances feature simple but tasteful arrangements of timeless melodies. Steve’s guitar is often supplemented by other traditional instruments (mandolin, autoharp, banjo, bass), but the focus is always on thoughtful lyrics and beautiful harmonies.
The Steeple Coffeehouse is located in the parish hall at Pilgrim Church. Tickets are $14 in advance and $17 at the door. Discounts are available for seniors and students. Learn more on the Steeple Coffeehouse website (www.steeplecoffeehouse.org)