She is home from her tour of Germany and leaving shortly for Italy but you can see her next Wednesday 3/26.
West Chester House Concerts presents
Wednesday 03/26/2014 7:00 PM
When Grammy-winner Marc Cohn first saw her perform, he called himself “an instant Gillian Grassie fan,” observing, “it’s rare to hear a young singer with such control and understated soulfulness, and even more rare to hear a harp provide such a deep percussive groove. I was immediately captivated by her sound.” Traveling the world with her harp on her back and her heart on her sleeve, Gillian’s compositions challenge the conventions of her instrument and showcase a knack for “turning seemingly insignificant events [...] into songs worthy of everyone’s attention,” (Origivation Magazine). Recent performances have ranged from a private gala for HRH Prince Albert of Monaco to an opening slot for Amanda Palmer. A Philadelphia native, Gillian currently hangs her hat in Berlin, Germany. Her modern approach the harp, expressive vocals, and sophisticated but relatable songwriting have earned her grants from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and the U.S. State Department, a slew of awards, and the devotion of her fans, who collectively funded her 2013 release, The Hinterhaus, with a successful kickstarter campaign that allowed her to partner with producer Todd Sickafoose (Anaïs Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Erin McKeown) and an all-star line-up of guest musicians, including Grammy-winner Janis Ian (also a backer of the project).
Gillian graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Comparative Literature, and her songs are often inspired by literary works, pulling inspiration from authors and poets like Philip Larkin, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Luis Borges, William Faulkner, and Francis James Child, as much as from her musical influences, which range from Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin, to Björk, to Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and Nat King Cole. Ultimately, it is her engaging stage presence and ability to strike the delicate balance between innovative and accessible that wins over her audiences. One fan described her as “an awesome combination of Pippi Longstocking, drinking buddy, and the Mata Hari. Trust me, you never saw anything like this.” Pat & Linda Deeney
402 Circle Top Lane
West Chester PA 19382
Suggested donation $15 per person all money goes to the artist