Ming Liu and Ami Madeline present the Singer-Songwriter Showcase: A Night of Original Music from NY-based Singer-songwriters, at Green Kill, featuring Ami Madeleine, Sandrine ( with Malcolm Burn on bass), Lorkin O’Reilly and Kyle Miller, on Wednesday, August 30th at 8 PM. $5 at door or on Eventbrite.
Ami Madeleine (Rosendale, NY) With mesmerizing vocals and versatile instrumental skills, Ami Madeleine reminds you what it’s like to feel something deeply. She draws it out of you and makes you want to hug a friend or kiss a lover unabashedly. You’ll leave her set in an introspective dreamlike state of ease. – Darren Lyons
Sandrine (Kingston, NY) Sandrine was born in Australia and started performing at a very young age as a member of the Cornerstone Family, an itinerant Christian music group organized by her minister father. Though the church songs left an indelible impression with Sandrine, she rebelled as a teenager and moved out of the family house when she was 15. She took a job as a waitress at a café where her customers brought her samples of the secular music she’d been denied the opportunity to hear in the past.
In 2004, Sandrine released Trigger in Australia and immediately caused a stir. The title track made it into the Top 20 of the Australian pop charts and the largest commercial station named her Songwriter of the Year. She began her life in the US with an Album, Dark Fades Into The Light, which was the end result of an extraordinary musical, emotional and geographical journey that took her from the rugged Blue Mountain range of Australia to the gentler Catskills outside of Woodstock, where she recorded with producer Malcolm Burn, the former Daniel Lanois protégé who has produced and/or played with such artists as Rachael Yamagata, Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith and Bob Dylan. Nettwerk caught wind of the project and signed Sandrine before completion of the project.
Sandrine’s melodies incorporate elements of classic sixties pop with a dreamy sort of contemporary folksiness; she makes even her most confessional of songs instantly hummable by embedding them with subtle yet addictive little hooks. Sandrine has toured with Teddy Thompson, Citizen Cope, sung harmonies for Emmylou Harris at various festivals and writes for artists that come through Malcolm’s studio. After a break from any major touring schedules, she is now returning to recording and the stage with music that is just as melodic, but has more of the heavy and haunting than the sweet and light.
Lorkin O’Reilly (Hudson, NY) He may call Hudson home, but Lorkin O’Reilly’s music exudes the Scottish terrain from whence he recently came with naught but a guitar on his back, a head full of song, and hands schooled in UK folk avatars John Martyn and Nick Drake – Chronogram
Kyle Miller has been making too much noise for twenty-five years. Little Nothing is the latest chapter in that rowdy saga. Songs about friends. Songs about lovers. Songs about a homeless prostitute cum rock star (relax, that was latin).