April 18th

Josephine Foster
Meg Baird
Joshua Marcus

@ The Physick House
321 S. 4th Street
8pm; $12, $9 in advance


Haunting Beauty
Join Bowerbird for a rare appearance by modern folk singer-songwriter Josephine Foster in the beautifully intimate setting of the historic Physick House. Josephine will be joined by Spanish guitarist Victor Herrero and Philadelphia's own Joshua Marcus.

Over the course of just a few years, Colorado native Josephine Foster has captivated audiences & critics alike through a magnetic patchwork of recordings ranging from broken spirited balladry as one half of Born Heller, fiery psych rock gestalt with her rock outfit The Supposed (All the Leaves Are Gone) to the voice of an outsider folk siren (Hazel Eyes, I will Lead You) and her latest collection, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. The one constant is the utterly overwhelming strength and seductive unease of her voice & the bravery of an iconoclastic spirit. "You might call Ms. Foster's eerie warbling old-fashioned, except that is evokes a scrambled past that exists only in her own vision: mountain songs that never were, spaced-out hybrids that never will be." (New York Times) "She's a Grace Slick for the 21st Century-and that's all grace, no slick. An amazing combination of God-given ability and formal skill. You can hear Jefferson Airplane in her music, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Joan Baez... She's also the one, out of that whole scene that has embraced the electric guitar, while at the same time being the most classical of them all." (Arthur Magazine).

At the tail end of last year, Espers' Meg Baird released Leaves From Off the Tree, a collection of traditional English and Appalachian folk songs recorded in a trio with British singer Sharron Kraus and her Espers bandmate Helena Espvall. Casting aside Espers' baroque psychedelia and hushed electricity, Baird and her friends showcased a breathtaking affinity for this traditional material with their spare, homespun arrangements and bracing vocal harmonies. The relaxed atmosphere and spirit of that album now shines through again on Dear Companion, Baird's captivating new solo collection of traditional ballads, unlikely covers, and well-crafted originals. ~ Pitchfork

Philadelphia's Joshua Marcus has been quietly emerging, banjo in tow, as one of today's most intriguing songwriters. His astonishingly honest songwriting is steeped in Appalachian tradition - at the heart of his songs is the simple beauty and subtlety of a great melody. The strengths of Marcus' songs and his live performances have led to increasing appreciation and critical acclaim, most notably for his 2007 solo debut make/believe. On his latest full-length album, Reverse the Charges, he enlarges the scope and range of his songbook, marking him as one of the most engaging folk songwriters today. He is artist that has figured out what he wants to say and just how to fit it to tune -- the lilting banjo, heartbreaking harmonies and sly lyrical phrasing.

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Physick House Museum
321 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA

bowerbird@LANDMARKS is an ongoing curatorial partnership that expands cultural offerings in Philadelphia by bringing experimental and improvisational music, film, dance and other creative, genre-defying performing arts to historic sites in the region.

Showcasing the newest performing arts is nothing new for Landmarks' four historic, 18th century houses---Grumblethorpe, Physick House, Powel House and Waynesborough. These houses would often have been the locations for recitals of the most "fashionable" music of their time. Powel House which was the one of the most significant cultural and social centers of colonial and revolutionary Philadelphia. Events in the bowerbird@LANDMARKS series revive this long-lost tradition of intimate concerts, and provide an intelligent alternative for contemporary audiences.

What can you expect if you attend a bowerbird@LANDMARKS performance? You can expect to hear some of the most innovative, avant-garde music being produced by local, national and international artists. You can expect to be challenged to expand your definitions of music, and to leave behind your preconceptions. Each performance will involve some risk-taking by both the performer and the audience member, but if you come with an open mind, and we promise to provide you with a uniquely stimulating experience.


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