The folk-rock sister duo Nerissa and Katryna Nields grace the Voices Café stage in concert. Tickets are $20 in advance, and may be purchased at http://www.voicescafe.org .
What does the folk-rock sister duo, Nerissa and Katryna Nields write about after twenty years in the music business; a career which produced fifteen CDs, three books, a DVD, a thriving children’s music educational empire, four children and two husbands (one apiece)?
Plenty. It’s the “Full Catastrophe” of course, their latest CD. Taken from the line from Zorba the Greek: "I'm a man, so I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe," the Nields sisters have created a powerful, passionate, thoughtful, humorous work that explores the crazy ride that is this insane twenty-first century idea that in a post-feminist world it might somehow be possible for a woman to raise her children, maintain her relationship and career and contribution to her community while tending to her artistic soul at the same time.
The songs from the new CD are an offering to everyone who struggles to balance a home life —with or without kids or partner — with an artistic life, which is to say a work life, for all who labor honorably may choose to do so artistically. The older we get, the more precious both seem to us. Nerissa says, "I could certainly live without friends or family, but I am not sure I would want to. I could let my work go, say goodbye to the muse and my Les Paul guitar, but that would be saying goodbye to joy. We might be happier simplifying our lives, but as Katryna said when we first began this project with the title track, happiness might be overrated. Our cups overfloweth. We choose those cups, and we surrender to the reality that this means many many spills need to be cleaned up."
Here's to the mess. That's no small thing.
To sample The Nields’ music visit http://www.nields.com/.
Venue information available at http://www.voicescafe.org.