Due to unforeseen circumstances, Melissa Ferrick has cancelled her Friday, April 7 concert. See below for a letter from Melissa.
Instead of leaving the Fiddle stage dark that evening, the Fiddle is delighted that long-time Fiddle-favorite, Minneapolis-based singer / songwriter Ann Reed has agreed to cross the Big Lake and share her beautiful songs, and hysterical stories with us.
For more info about Ann’s music, stories and adventures, check out this link to the concert’s webpage where you can also view a video of Ann singing “The Fair,” with Singing Festival favorite Dan Chouinard at the piano. He and Ann are pals and coordinate a Twin Cities monthly sing-along, so be prepared to sing-along with a few songs, as well.
If you bought Melissa Ferrick tickets online, those tickets are good for the Ann Reed show! Just show up to the MSU Community Music School, 4982 S. Hagadorn at 7:30 on 4/6 and your ticket will be honored.
If you prefer a refund, please call or email Brown Paper Tickets and it will be issued in full.
To the Ten-Pound Fiddle and Mid-Michigan music community, and to those who have purchased a ticket to my April 7th show:
Please accept my deepest apology for canceling my upcoming show on April 7th. Due to unforeseen changes in my professional responsibilities at Berklee College of Music and my sudden and unexpected acceptance to grad school, the need to cancel some of my shows has become obvious. I don’t fly, as many of you know, so performing in Lansing and being home within a twenty-four hour period of time is not possible for me. Please know I wish I could have been there and I hope this cancellation hasn’t caused anyone too much trouble.
Thanks to the Ten Pound Fiddle, to Susan Frazier and Goldenrod Music, and to all of you for your understanding.
Melissa grew up in Ipswich, MA during the 70’s, playing the violin, trumpet and bass guitar, At 16, Melissa was accepted into the New England Conservatory’s Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as a trumpet player, giving her the opportunity to tour with the Conservatory’s Extension Division, which traveled to perform in California and China. She was accepted to Berklee College of Music on songwriting and trumpet scholarships and chose to continue her music education there from 1988-1990.
After two years playing Boston’s local rock club scene, Melissa left school and moved to New York City. In 1990, Melissa lived on 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, playing at the Bitter End weekly and working at Right Track Recording studios and Chrysalis Records to learn the ropes of the business.
In July of 1991, Melissa’s phone rang and she was asked to open that night for Morrissey in Boston on his his “Kill Uncle” tour. She was invited to finish the U.S. dates with Morrissey and to continue on to the U.K. as his opening act. When she returned to the States, at 20 years old, she was offered deals with three major labels.
Melissa signed with Atlantic Records, and in 1993 she released her debut album, “Massive Blur, ” and her sophomore effort, “Willing to Wait.”
In 2000, Ferrick founded her own label, Right On Records, and released a string of Albums and EPs. In 2010, Ferrick signed with NY based MPress Records and released two albums with MPress, 2011’s “Still Right Here” and 2013’s “the truth is.
“Still Right Here” debuted on Billboard’s Heat-Seekers Album Charts, won an 8th annual International Acoustic Music Award (IAMA), and garnered two Independent Music Award (IMA) nominations. The title track’s music video premiered on the launch of Huffington Post’s Gay site and won two RightOutTV awards.
Ferrick was also a featured music honoree in OUT Magazine’s OUT100 – focusing on artists who make an impact on the community. 2013’s “the truth is” was the first self-produced album since 2004 and an evolution in the sound she had developed over the course of her career.
The record was also a creative departure in its collaborative approach to the recording process, hiring grammy award winning engineer Trina Shoemaker to mix the album remotely from Alabama and Independent Mastering to master the album from Nashville. The result was a sweeping Americana/Alt-Country record that won the 2014 Independent Music Award for Alt-Country Album of the Year Fan Vote.
Ferrick is also an eight-time Boston Music Award winner and regarded by the industry and her peers as one of the most prolific and hardworking artists in the business. Ferrick tours regularly and plays throughout North America, performing upwards of 100 shows a year. She has shared the stage with Morrissey, Marc Cohn, Paul Westerberg, Dwight Yoakam, John Hiatt, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, G-Love & Special Sauce, Bob Dylan, Dan Bern, Ani DiFranco, k.d. Lang, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Joan Armatrading, Mike Doughty, The Indigo Girls and many others.