All I've Got is a Photograph

All I've Got is a Photograph

Participating musicians have been asked to find one or two photos (preferably anonymous, from a thrift store or the like) and write songs or stories about them. The photos will be shown on a screen on stage while the song is being performed, and musicians may also use any costumes or props to enhance the story!

Performers include: Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Brother Burnet, Dave Hogan, The Sawtelles, George Hakkila, An Historic, Grimm Generation, Mercy Choir, Steve Asetta, + more TBD!

Lys Guillorn and Her Band

Lys Guillorn's live sound is more raw than her records, her guitar playing matched in intensity by brother Michael Guillorn on bass and Peter Riccio (of the Sawtelles, Fuchsprellen, NHIC) on drums. Guillorn's songs are dark, twangy, and lyrically driven, and have drawn comparisons to Laura Veirs and Kristin Hersh. The singer-songwriter from Shelton, CT, released her second full-length record, Winged Victory in November 2013 on Little Cowgirl Records.
“So if oddly uplifting, folk, blues country-infused acoustic semi-electric psychedelic dark pop music is your thing, please say hello to Lys Guillorn, you'll get along just fine.” Geraint Jones, Comes With a Smile (UK)

Elisa Flynn

Elisa Flynn grew up in Yonkers, NY, and after taking years of classical piano lessons, discovered the Clash, and her life was changed forever. She decided it was her destiny to play punk rock guitar, but had no idea how. (This was illustrated in her role as a founding member of noise rockers the Bunny Brains.)

A few years later, she bought a $70 sparkly red Sears guitar in a run-down Main Street music shop, and began her musical career in 90’s Danbury, CT, a small city with a quirky local music scene. Learning as she went, she took up playing with a vengeance as a member of Freakbaby (later called Jet Jaguar), a roiling punk and free jazz-inspired combo, for 6 years.

After moving to Brooklyn, Elisa spent 2 years in the band The Happy Ending as a guitarist and singer, but when the band split up, she went solo. After taking voice lessons from Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), she took her stronger voice and headed out with an acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of effects pedals. Her first EP, "Dimestore Mary" came out in 2006, and was called a “collection of songs raw and rigid in execution,” by, and said “the world needs more songs like this.” She released her first album, Songs About Birds & Ghosts, on her own Cat in a Dress Records. Recorded at Emandee Studio in Brooklyn by Mark Ospovat, it features Anders Griffen (who has worked with Jeff Lewis, Regina Spektor, Diane Cluck and many more) on drums, and Ospovat on bass. Her EP "19th Century Songs" was released in April 2011, also featuring Griffen and Ospovat.

She has played regularly at many venues in NYC, including the Sidewalk Café, Zebulon, Pete’s Candy Store, the Cake Shop, Spike Hill, Banjo Jim's, Small Beast at the Delancey, the Way Station, and at the acclaimed underground Picasso Machinery series. She has also played venues in CT, CA, MA, PA, and VT.

The Sawtelles

Husband and wife duo the Sawtelles are a balance of four elements, alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t. Their strict DYI philosophy aligns them more with the hand painted Sun Ra LP’s of 1950’s and 60’s then it does with those striving for mainstream commercial success.

Frank Critelli

Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. He also writes other things. Like postcards. His songs are available on compact disc or for download at and other places like CD Baby and iTunes.
Frank Critelli often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he's played in streets and subways, barrooms and classrooms, coffeehouses and colleges, theaters, festivals, and (most recently) in his kitchen. He's also shared a stage with great performers like Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, John Sebastian, The Hooters, The Lemonheads, Steve Forbert, William Elliot Whitmore, Willy Mason and many others.

Daphne Lee Martin

!! After a whirlwind affair with roots music, garnering her several songwriting and performance awards, including CT Music Awards' 2012 Country Artist of the Year, Daphne Lee Martin is back in force with a new collections of songs on her latest record, Moxie.

Boasting a new cast of characters in a deeply provocative and reflective story, Daphne's live show leans heavily on trip hop, blue-eyed soul and prohibition-era voodoo all set in a seedy cabaret. Moxie was produced by Bill Readey, right here in New Haven, and features several guests from the wealth of the Elm City's music scene, including John Panos (Mates of State), Matt Lindauer (Sugarbat), Eric Stevenson (Pocket Vinyl),Milksop:Unsung, Matt Thomas (M.T.Bearington), Sam Perduta (Elison Jackson) and Erik Elligers (Goodnight Blue Moon).

Mercy Choir

Mercy Choir is the songwriting and recording project of New Haven, CT based musician Paul Belbusti. Over the past decade, Paul has produced a large quantity of critically acclaimed music ranging from abstract experiments to more traditional pop and rock and roll. His newest record is called "His Noiseless Ball, His Boxwood Rattle."

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All I've Got is a Photograph with Lys Guillorn and Her Band, Elisa Flynn, The Sawtelles, Frank Critelli, George Hakkila, Brother Burne...

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