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Harry & Friends
January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The first Harry & Friends of 2023 returns to Tuft Theater as a Songwriters In The Round event.
Performers will be: Sylvia Angell, Andy Melnick, Kim Rea, and Rande Smith. The evening’s timeline will begin at 7:00 – 8:15, with a performance; 8:15 – 8:30, break; 8:30 – 10:00 song circle. The audience is encouraged to participate in the song circle with, or without an instrument!
*Please be aware there is no Swallow Hill Music Member Pricing on this event. All sales final. No Refunds.*
More on January’s guests:
Sylvia Angell: According to unevenly reliable sources, I started writing when I started reading. Over the years, I’ve used writing to figure out what matters to me and to earn a living. After many years of playing autoharp, I took up songwriting about a decade ago, deeply inspired by my jamming mates Kim Rea and Rande Smith. Various kinfolk and familiars often appear in my songs, whether I invite them or not.
Andy Melnick: Fifteen years ago, I knew a real honest-to-goodness poet. First among her exceptional traits that I’m free to speak about in public was the peculiar way she observed the world around her and the subsequent way she used the English language to convey her understanding to the rest of us. Her poems were lessons in the synthesis she found among experiences, and in the plasticity of written language used to describe that synthesis.
I’d like it if I could manage just a wee bit of that with songwriting, inshallah. It is a challenge to see this world with fresh eyes every day, and it is perhaps an even greater endeavor to share that vision with someone else.
Until that time, if I wind up with a handful of flat-footed songs that make people laugh? That’s not a bad place to start.
Kim Rea: Kim Rea was born naked, which was only the beginning of the many traumas that forced him into writing such timeless theraputic hits as “You’re Havin’ Sex Without Me?”, “Aunt Edna Has An Elephant Herd” and “Damaged Goods”. He used to play in bars, restaurants, coffee houses, airport baggage areas (paid for by the City of Denver), and benefit concerts, where John Denver once told him, “You keep that up and see where it gets you”. Apparently, to Swallow Hill.
Rande Smith: At different times in his life, Rande Smith has been known as: a newspaper boy; a gas station attendant; a burger flipper; a bass player; a chef; a pastry chef; a baker; a wiseass; a songwriter. He made a living doing all but the last two things.