Lucy Kaplansky is one of the finest folk singer/songwriters performing today. We are so happy she will be returning to Morso on Saturday December 9, 2017. Her show starts at 8pm and tickets are $25 each. For over 25 years she has been performing with a remarkable solo career and has also been part of amazing groups that have included Shawn Colvin, Richard Shindell, Dar Williams, Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka.
She started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, she took off for New York City. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone’s favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin.Convinced that her calling was in another direction, Lucy left the musical fast track to pursue a doctorate in Psychology. Lucy was often pulled back into the studio by her friends, (who now had contracts with record labels) wanting her to sing on their albums. She harmonized on Colvin’s Grammy-winning Steady On, and on Nanci Griffith’s Lone Star State of Mind and Little Love Affairs. She also landed soundtrack credits, singing with Suzanne Vega on Pretty in Pink and with Griffith on The Firm, and several commercial credits as well—including “The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet.
She signed with Red House and started playing gigs. Red House released The Tide in 1994 to rave reviews. Lucy’s second album, Flesh and Bone (1996) and it clearly showed a performer and songwriter stepping into her own. After releasing, The Tide, Lucy’s success took flight with back-to-back hit albums Ten Year Night and Every Single Day. Both received the AFIM award (Association For Independent Music) for best pop album of the year.In 1998 Lucy teamed with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell to form Cry Cry Cry, and the resulting album, Cry Cry Cry (which The New Yorker dubbed “a collection of lovely harmonizing and pure emotion,” and to which Entertainment Weekly gave an “A” rating), was an astonishing success in stores and on radio.
The Red Thread followed and marked Lucy’s tenth year (and fifth album) on Red House. It wove together themes of motherhood, home and the family with beautiful production.Her 2007 release Over the Hills explored universal themes of love, joy, loss, and dreams for the future, through reflections on family. After the release of Over the Hills, The Boston Globe referred to Lucy as “becoming the songwriter laureate of modern city folk.”
In 2010 Lucy joined up with acclaimed singer-songwriters John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson to record an album as part of new folk group Red Horse. Red Horse has received rave reviews and was the number one album on Folk Radio for several months in 2010.In 2011 Lucy released an EP, Kaplansky sings Kaplansky, featuring songs written by her father, famed University of Chicago mathematician Irving Kaplansky, including live performances of the two of them performing together in California. This is Lucy’s first venture into 1940’s style swing, reminiscent of the work of Kaplansky’s former student Tom Lehrer.
Lucy released “Reunion”, her seventh solo CD, in 2012. The title song “Reunion” celebrates Lucy’s pioneering immigrant grandmother and her journey from Poland to Toronto, where the matriarch and business woman founded the Health Bread Bakery chain in the early 20th century. Depicted on the album cover in a painting by noted political cartoonist Avrom Yanovsky, the bakery was the center of the Kaplansky family’s life. Although raised in Chicago, Lucy attended many family reunions in Toronto, reuniting one last time with her cousins in 2011 after the passing of her parents, aunts and uncles.Like the title track, each song on Reunion tells its own unique story. Lucy and co-writer Richard Litvin connect us to our common humanity through songs of family, origins, loss and discovery–from watching parents pass on (“I’ll See You Again” and “Sleep Well”), to witnessing a daughter blossom (“Mother’s Day”), to chronicling the journey of an abandoned child refugee (the radio-friendly “Scavenger”).
Lucy and Richard Shindell reunited for another CD released in 2014 under the name the Pine Hill Project. Recently, Lucy, Richard and Dar Williams returned to perform as Cry, Cry, Cry for a summer show in 2017.Lucy continues to perform all over the world.
When not performing, she lives in New York City, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Tickets for all of our Featured shows are limited please call 253-530-3463 for availability!
Seating is general admission. We reconfigure our dining room so everyone with a ticket has a seat that is unobstructed and faces the artist. It is an intimate venue, perfect for listening to the amazing performers.Come and listen to the music...