NEW LONDON — Folk music favorite Lucy Kaplansky returns to New London’s Friday Night Folk for a Nov. 17 performance at All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Congregation at 19 Jay St. at 7:30 p.m.
Kaplansky, who detoured from music into a psychology career before returning to songs, joined a blossoming singer-songwriter scene that included Richard Shindell, Patty Larkin, Eliza Gilkyson, Dar Williams, and John Gorka — all frequent collaborators with Kaplansky to this day.
A rare vocal talent, “truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs,” according to the New York Times, Kaplansky is known to blend country, folk and pop styles, and has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh. Whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe, her iconic voice has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle. A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning.
One of the most in-demand harmony singers, Lucy has sung on countless records and has also performed with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin, her frequent duo partner.
Raised by a piano-playing mathematician and a homemaker in Chicago, Lucy began singing in bars when she was still a teenager, even traveling to Norway to perform as a country singer. When she was just out of high school, she took off for New York City, where she became part of the renaissance of the Greenwich Village folk scene centered around Folk City and the Fast Folk recordings. Her compatriots, in addition to Colvin and Vega, The Roches, Steve Forbert and John Gorka.
Eventually Shawn Colvin lured Lucy back to music, producing her debut album “The Tide” (1994.) Red House founder Bob Feldman was blown away by the release and signed her right away. Since then, she has released six solo albums with Red House and released radio-charting albums with the folk supergroups Red Horse (with Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka) and Cry Cry Cry (with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell).
Currently on tour in support of her new album “Reunion,” 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. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Ticket are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for students and military with ID. Tickets and advance reservations available at fridaynightfolk.org, or by calling 860-443-0316.