From left, Ken Woodward, Alexandra Spalding,
Annie Lynch, and Mat Davidson. (Ross Dallas/WERS)
By Alex Schab
Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers dropped by the WERS Live Mix Studio today to play some songs for Local Music Week. In addition to Annie Lynch herself, the Beekeepers are made up of Alexandra Spalding on cello and vocals, Ken Woodward on upright bass, and Mat Davidson on banjo, guitar, and vocals. The band was in good spirits during the set, laughing about playing “busking style” outside a giant grocery store earlier in the year. They played a couple of songs off their upcoming EP, which Annie Lynch describes as the “super tentatively titled” Squidhell Sessions, named after the studio where it was recorded.
In addition to talking about their new EP and playing the alt-folk they’re known for, the band also talked about their move to New York. As Lynch put it, they’re “transitioning into a New York based band, but we’re still a Boston band at heart.” In fact, the supporting tour for the new EP will be launched right in town at the Lizard Lounge, described by Annie as a “great, great venue”, in Cambridge on May 9.
By Alex Schab
Sarah Tollerson was in the WERS live mix studio to play some songs for Local Music Week today. Fresh from winning a competition at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge last night, she came in with her acoustic guitar in tote and a smile on her face. She played some tracks from her album Keeping Old Love Letters, the first song, “Down the Line,” fittingly featuring lines such as “This isn’t a love song, it’s so much more/ I wrote so many love letters before I knew who they were for”. She also played “Addicting,” what she describes as “one of my only happier, upbeat songs,” and “Fallen Back In.” All of the songs featured her beautiful voice over gentle acoustic melodies, and even though she was the only person playing in the studio, her voice packs enough punch to make the room seem full.
When she’s not out playing shows or recording, she can be heard right here, busking in the city’s subway stations. She says her career as a busker began after college, after she spent “a grand total of six days” as a waitress. If you want to catch her playing on the T, you may find her at the Blue Line Government Center stop. If you don’t want to leave it to chance, however, she’s playing a show at Tommy Doyle’s in Cambridge tonight at 9:30 p.m.