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Common Fence Point presents Lucy Kaplansky in concert

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Common Fence Music will present singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky in concert on Saturday, April 29.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert will take place at the Common FencePoint Hall, 933 Anthony Road.

Tickets to the show are $28 in advance, $31 at the door. Tickets and information may be obtained at, or at by searching Common Fence Music. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Melding folk, country, pop and rock, Lucy Kaplansky has been an iconic voice of the folk music scene since the folk music revival of the 80s and 90s. Her smooth delivery of highly emotive original songs and classic tunes has brought her success both as a solo artist and member of Billboard-charting supergroups Red Horse (with Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka) and Cry Cry Cry (with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell).

With one of the most in-demand voices of the industry, Lucy brings a thoughtfulness, power and charm to every performance. 

Raised in Chicago, Lucy began her career as a country artist performing in city bars while still in high school. After graduating, she moved to New York City where she became a part of the circle of artists – including Suzanne Vega, John Forbert, the Roches, John Gorka and Shawn Colvin – who made up the Greenwich Village folk music renaissance.

With her lush voice and strong ability to harmonize, Lucy became a sought-after singing partner, and often performed as a duo with friend Shawn Colvin with whom she shared the praise for their talent. Yet feeling that music was not her true calling, she decided to drop her performance career and earned a doctorate in psychology.

Though Lucy began working in a New York hospital and even opened her own practice, she was often lured back into the studio by her friends (who by that pointhad secured recording contracts) to provide vocals on their albums. She sang for Colvin, Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega, and even sang the hook for the “Heartbeat of America” Chevrolet commercials. It all came to a head when Shawn Colvin, her old duo partner, convinced Lucy to record a solo album that she herself produced. The recordings made their way to Bob Feldman at Red House Records who instantly offered Lucy a contract.

From there, Lucy’s career developed rapidly as she released hit albums in quick succession, both as a soloist and collaborator, and began touring to the extent that she had to leave her two psychologist jobs behind. While her first two releases,The Tide (1994) and  Flesh and Bone (1996) comprised the beautiful and intriguing introduction to the story of Lucy’s career, it was her next two solo releases, Ten Year Night and Every Single Day, and the 1998 release Cry, Cry, Cry (recorded in collaboration with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell) that became the stellar first chapter. 

Ten Year Night and Every Single Day both earned Lucy AFIM (Association For Independent Music) awards for best pop album of the year, while the critically-acclaimed Cry, Cry, Cry  was met with such overwhelming success that the trio then completed a national tour of sold-out shows in support of the release. Lucy and her incredible talent as a vocalist and songsmith were showcased on the CBS Morning Show, NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions and All Things Considered, Mountain Stage, and West Coast Live.

Since becoming a mother, Lucy has continued to write and perform nationally and internationally, releasing albums that deal with ever deepening themes like motherhood, family, loss, love, origins and dreams for the future. She also continues to have one of the most in-demand voices amongst her peers.  

Lucy formed folk super-group Red Horse in 2010 with singer-songwriters John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson, recording and releasing an album to rave reviews. Gorka (performing at Common Fence Music on Saturday, April 22) and Gilkyson also appeared on Lucy’s most recent solo release, 2012’s masterwork Reunion, along with Buddy Miller, Richard Shindell, Jonatha Brooke, Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter, J. Geils Band), and Jon Herington (Steely Dan).

“It’s inevitable that as you get older and your life deepens you find more ways of connecting to an even larger circle of people,” says Lucy. “This album is largely about reunions with family and deepening social connections with friends and audiences through my music. I find myself clearer about my priorities, my purpose, my politics and my faith.”

This Saturday, April 29, 2017 performance will be Lucy’s first at Common Fence Music, and is part of the Picnic Series. Concert-goers are invited to bring food and beverages to enjoy during the performances. 

Seasonal soups, homemade refreshments and soft-drinks will also be available for purchase. The hall is fully accessible.

Common Fence Music is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1993 with the mission to make folk, roots and world music performances and educational activities accessible to Aquidneck Island and Southern New England communities.

For more information about Common Fence Music, please visit, or call (401)683-5085. 


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