Youth in a Roman Field, Rybree, Alicyn Yaffee
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
This event is 21 and over
Youth in a Roman Field
Youth in a Roman Field wants to help you break the rules. The bastardized string quartet-meets folk band-meets jazz combo from singer, songwriter, and multi- instrumentalist Claire Wellin incorporates sounds of "Appalachia, cayenne pepper, & ghosts." The band includes collaborators Tiffany Topol, Scott Stangland, Cassidy Stirtz, Katrina Lenk, and Jamie Mohamdein. Their debut album, 'Of Grit and Grace,' was released in May of 2012, and the EP 'Suits for Children' was released in October 2014. Originally out of Chicago, they are currently making a home in New York City and will release their second full-length record April 20.
Claire brings a solo version of the band across the country this Spring, weaving string loops with soaring violin melodies and powerful vocals. Part singer-songwriter, part solo-chamber orchestra, the show offers an intimate translation of the inventive songs on the band’s upcoming record, Storm Conductor.
"Listening to Youth in a Roman Field, it's not hard to imagine the band in a shady glade singing its timeless, melancholy folk — the accordion makes the fantasy list toward the french countryside. The songs are clear, simple, a little sad and swept with romance. Frontwoman and bandleader Claire Wellin has a clarion voice that goes from naive to soulful, on songs that touch on belle époque cabaret music and early American folk music." -Jessica Hopper, Chicago Tribune
Alicyn is a rare bird among young guitar players. She has a soulful style, emphasizing tone and feel over flashy technique, while at the same time possessing considerable harmonic knowledge and a good deal of prowess on the fretboard.
Alicyn wrote, sang and played guitar on every song of “Someone Else,” her debut solo album. Recorded and mixed by Josh Connolly and produced by Benny Rietveld, the album features Cindy Blackman Santana, Pepe Jimenez, Jeff Cressman and Ronnie Foster. Wooing listeners with her lush vocals and passionate guitar work, Chris Spector of Midwest Record wrote of Alicyn’s debut album, “a Diverse outing with energy and ideas to spare… Well done.”
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