Summer with Serious - a thank you and an invitation
27th Jul 2020
Suzanne Vega celebrates the release of An Evening of New York Songs and Stories (Cooking Vinyl) with a run of European and UK dates. The previously sold out London show has been rescheduled from EartH in September to Sunday 7 February 2021 at the Barbican. All existing EartH tickets remain valid for the new date.
Saturday 6 February 2021 | BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
Sunday 7 February 2021 | LONDON Barbican
Monday 8 February 2021 | LIVERPOOL Philharmonic
Wednesday 10 February 2021 | BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
Tickets on sale this Friday, 10am at serious.org.uk/SuzanneVega
In anticipation of the tour, Vega exclaimed, 'I am excited to share these songs about my hometown, the city I love, joined by the band with which I recorded An Evening of New York Songs and Stories.'
Album pre-order: https://svega.lnk.to/NYSAS
On An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, Vega revisits some of her most New York-centric repertoire in a stunning live recording on which she is backed by longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and keyboardist Jamie Edwards. Recorded at New York City’s famed Café Carlyle in early 2019, the album includes both familiar songs like ‘Luka’ and ‘Tom’s Diner’ and deep cuts from her catalogue like ‘Frank and Ava’ and ‘Ludlow Street’. The mix of repertoire also features ‘New York Is My Destination’ from Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, Vega’s one woman play about the Southern gothic novelist Carson McCullers, and a cover of her late friend Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’.
Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has written and recorded numerous songs that have become part of the contemporary music vernacular, including ‘Luka’, certainly the only hit song ever written from the perspective of an abused boy, ‘Marlene on the Wall’, a surprise hit in the UK and ‘Tom’s Diner’, a strange little a cappella piece that was remixed by U.K. electronic dance duo ‘DNA’ and became a major club hit. Her albums, including her self-titled debut, the follow up, Solitude Standing and 99.9F have sold millions of copies.
Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who 'observes the world with a clinically poetic eye,' Suzanne’s songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, Suzanne Vega’s work is immediately recognizable, as utterly distinct and thoughtful as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 30 years ago.
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