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Amy Helm

Friday, January 31, 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Opening act: Leo Martinez. Deep, soulful folk-rock. Amy Helm is blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an extraordinary song-writing skill that draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions. She played her first gig in her early teens in a Manhattan bar and her talents soon found a home in the New York-based Ollabelle, whose three acclaimed albums and countless live gigs saw her evolve into a confident, charismatic performer. She worked extensively with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012. Amy sang and played in his band, played on and co-produced his Grammy-winning comeback album, and helped organize the legendary Midnight Ramble concerts at Levon's home studio in Woodstock. This Too Shall Light, the follow-up of her successful solo debut, is her latest album. On this album two songs in particular pay homage to Levon — “The Stones I Throw,” and the closing traditional number, an a cappella version of the hymnal “Gloryland,” which was passed from father to daughter. The album is rich with streaks of Americana, country, blues, and gospel. Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Joe Henry, with whom she jointly arranged a diverse collection of songs for the record, produced it. Amy Helm’s voice veers from commanding to pleading within a single soulful verse, and you’ll hear the kinds of four-part harmonies that can burst open a melody and close the loop of an octave. And sentimentally, it’s a sound that represents the feeling of community. Tickets: $28 advance, available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at; $32 at the door, if available. Presented by the New Moon Folk Club, Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) at St. Basil's Cultural Centre, 10819 - 71 Avenue, Edmonton.

10819 - 71 Avenue

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