Baltimore singer/songwriter Letitia VanSant will open for Michigan trio Mustard’s Retreat at Cellar Stage™ Timonium on Friday, May 18, 2018.
Friday, May 18th
Opening: Letitia VanSant duo
Tickets $20.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES
The oldest, and perhaps the most compelling, of all arts is the art of storytelling. Where we have been, where we are going how we came to be, where and why we are… the sharing of humor and wisdom. We have been telling and listening to stories since the dawn of time.
Mustard’s Retreat has been delighting audiences by telling stories for 40 years — they are witty, insightful, fun, and profound, as well as accomplished songwriters and musicians (guitars, dulcimer, electric bass, mandolin, harmonica, pennywhistle). In addition to being raconteurs and storytellers, they will give you things to laugh about for days to come and remember for years. Tales of stupid frogs, wandering cadavers, haunted bridges and techo-nerds, memories of small towns and high school, first loves and last… and places we’ve been or maybe just dreamed of.
Everything the trio does on stage is aimed at pleasing, moving and engaging their audience. Whether singing their own gentle love songs and vivid ballads, telling tall tales or offering treasures from America’s vast traditional song bag, a Mustard’s Retreat show always feels like it’s designed for the people who have come to see them that day. And leave it to these guys to pen a glowing ode to the coffeehouse volunteers whose enthusiasm keeps the folk embers glowing.
“I work with them several times a year and always wish it was more,” said Canadian songwriter Garnet Rogers, among the most popular performers on the folk circuit. “The thing that always impresses me is the incredible openness they have with the audience. They stand up there and just radiate friendliness; the audience is included in the whole process, encouraged to sing along and talk back. I’ve learned a lot from them in that sense.”
“They are so warm and friendly and giving on stage, completely in touch with the audience,” said Tom Paxton… “there are no barriers at all, and you just love to watch that and be part of it. But the thing that strikes me about them from Jump Street — and that makes it all work so well — is that their time is so tight. Michael is such a wonderful, simple bass player; his time is just flawless. And that’s why two guys can move you musically the way they do — they have a gorgeous sense of time and tempo, a real musicality to what they do.”
Libby Glover was born and raised in Flint MI, and was singing before she could walk. She continued to sing in choirs and folk groups through high school and beyond. She was the bar tender at the Old Heldelberg Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI when David did his first audition in Jan. 1975… and hired him on the spot. Soon they were singing together every night. With Michael they formed Mustard’s Retreat in May 1975. They established a great reputation throughout Michigan for fine harmonies, engaging performances and memorable songs.
After working together for several years Libby headed out of MI to live in SC, FL, LA, TX, CA… generally finding a band to sing with wherever she was, as well as singing with David & Michael whenever she got back to Michigan.
Libby made the move back to Michigan several years ago, and the trio picked up where it had left off. “Libby elevates us”, laughs David, “and brings a touch of class.”
Letitia VanSant‘s lyrics are at once personally and politically relevant. Hailed as one of Baltimore’s strongest songwriters, her distinctly intimate voice is fortified by sparse indie folk and Americana arrangements. Songs from her upcoming album Gut It to the Studs have already won critical acclaim from across the map, including Kerrville New Folk, the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, Falcon Ridge, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and Culture Trip’s Top 8 DC-Area Musicians to Follow.
“…a consummate reflection of a rising Americana star.” ~ PopMatters
“Letitia VanSant’s soothing and melodious voice shines in her folk-Americana music. Her observant songwriting focuses on stories of people, and her melodies are earnest and beautiful.” ~ Culture Trip
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