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Allysen Callery Record Release Show with Special Guests Lys Guillorn, Paul Belbusti & American Elm
June 25, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT$10
An evening of music to celebrate the release of Allysen Callery’s latest record, The Song The Songbird Sings. Callery is a singer-songwriter and Rhode Island native whose delicate, austere sound has been compared to classic British folk artists like Sandy Denny and Vashti Bunyan. She will also be joined with special guest sets by talented Connecticut singer-songwriters Lys Guillorn, Paul Belbusti, and Chris Bousquet/American Elm.
Allysen Callery is an American folksinger whose delicate, austere sound has been compared to classic British folk artists like Sandy Denny and Vashti Bunyan. A native of Rhode Island, Callery taught herself to sing and play finger-style guitar by listening to her parents’ collection of U.K. folk records from the ’60s and ’70s. In 2014 Callery made her debut at Austin’s SXSW festival, garnering praise from NPR & The Washington Post. Teaming up with Rhode Island-based musician and producer Bob Kendall, she recorded the album The Song The Songbird Sings, on the German label Jellyfant Records, which is to be released Spring 2016.
Allysen Callery on Bandcamp
Lys Guillorn is a bandleader, alt-folk-psych-garage troub, and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Southern Connecticut. Her most recent recording, Sunny Side Down is a two-song single released in January of 2016 with her band. Guillorn’s 2003 self-titled debut garnered notice because of its interesting songs, odd arrangements, and guest musicians (Dean Wareham of Luna/Galaxie 500, Stanley Demeski of Luna/Feelies, Glenn Mercer and Brenda Sauter of the Feelies and Robert Quine who played with Richard Hell, Lou Reed and many others), as well as its producer, Jeff Feuerzeig, who directed The Devil and Daniel Johnston. The 2013 follow-up, Winged Victory, is a haunting, twangy endeavor, recorded at Chester, Connecticut’s Dirt Floor Studio.
“…easily one of the best songwriters that Connecticut has produced in the past 20 years…” — Eric Danton, Listen, Dammit
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 latest releases include Mercy Choir Sings in the Traditional Rock and Roll Style, the scattershot His Noiseless Ball, His Boxwood Rattle and the punishing experimental PPIANO.
“Paul Belbusti, the mastermind behind Mercy Choir, is one of the most prolific musical acts Connecticut has ever produced. The sheer volume of music that Belbusti has gifted us under the Mercy Choir moniker is astounding.” – Chip McCabe, The Metal Dad
Chris Bousquet / American Elm
American Elm is Chris Bousquet, a singer-songwriter from Connecticut. He is the former leader of the internationally acclaimed High Lonesome Plains, and as well as the widely regarded Alligator Farmhouse. He has performed with such luminaries as Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Mercury Rev, Miracle Legion, John Sebastian, Asleep at the Wheel, The Nields, Mark Mulcahy, The Turtles, Nathaniel Rateliff, Dry the River, J. Geils, and Susan Cowsill.
The High Lonesome Plains rose to critical acclaim between 1999 and 2006, receiving airplay and garnering critical acclaim on four continents, Americana-UK called their 2002 EP Songs For Young Lovers, “one of the year’s best.” Rolling Stone writer and Australian DJ Stuart Coupe called it “the best thang to arrive in the mail for ages.” The lead track on the EP, “Brass Ring” was featured in the independent film The Box, the television show Witchblade and was included on 36,000 copies of a Magnet Magazine New Music Sampler. In 2006 The High Lonesome Plains released a full length album entitled The River and the Sea which received glowing praise both domestically and abroad (including Belgium, The Netherlands, UK, Australia and Spain). Independisc.com
From 2004 to 2007 Chris toured the Northeast as part of the “Times Three Tour” with songwriters Frank Critelli and Mr. Ray Neal (Miracle Legion, Vic Chesnutt). As American Elm, he has released several E.P.s (Ulmus Americana in 2008, alonesomenoise in 2014) and a single, “Empty Island Houses” (2014). American Elm’s latest is an EP called Into the Light Within, released in July of 2015.
“There is a deep embedded ache in Bousquet’s voice. You can feel it down in the trenches of his soul and through the crack in his voice.” – Redline Roots
“On Into The Light Within Bousquet really separates himself as a songwriter from a very crowded field of excellent songwriters taking up camp in his home state. While he’s not afraid to crank up the electric guitar to prove a song’s point, it’s his more introspective moments, such as on “Gloria” that he really knocks it out of the park.” – Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise