$8 in advance/$8 at the door
4:30pm doors/5pm showtime
Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music and sound, honing her early gift for the violin and a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, into a sharp eye for songwriting and a skilled hand as a multi-instrumentalist. Calling the rugged grandeur of Lake Superior's North Shore home for the better part of the last decade, Barbara Jean developed her craft through constant live performance and dedicated study of the fiddle and banjo. Dubbed "Minnesota's answer to Emmylou Harris" by longtime Star Tribune Music Critic Jon Bream, Barbara Jean brings a grace and comfort to the stage that is disarming and captivating. Her gift for songwriting has been recognized on a national level with accolades from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest and the Big Top Chautauqua earning her a spot on the esteemed National Public Radio show Mountain Stage. She has shared the stage with notable acts such as Trampled By Turtles, Leon Russell, Kathy Mattea, Low, Junior Brown, Jonathan Edwards, Martha Scanlan, The Pines, Eilen Jewell and more. With two full-length original albums under her belt, the sky is the limit for this stellar songstress as she takes her songs and sound to wider and wider audiences.
'..writing for both guitar and piano,the primacy of her sultry vocals continues to drive her songs with sincerity and delicate passion. Her music has been described as a “deceptively simple” and her presence “enrapturing”- a songstress that eschews archetypal female folkisms with sexy, subtle rebellion...'
A Notable Project of 2013: Moon and Pollution
"A collaboration so new that their only web presence is their Are You Local? submission page. Entrancing, down-tempo trip hop featuring vocalist Molly Dean and producer Graham O’Brien (No Bird Sing)"
“The wisdom of an old soul in the body of a young, yearning individual.” Whether it’s her dynamic and passionate performances, or her poignant and honest songwriting, this sentiment has been expressed throughout Roohan’s career. With a style that shifts seamlessly from sunny indie pop to heartfelt Americana and a stage presence that’s full of dynamic soul, she’s an entrancing presence who is making waves.
MaryLeigh was nurtured as a writer and performer at the celebrated Caffe Lena before shipping off to play pubs in Scotland for a year. Since moving back to the states, she has played everywhere from intimate cafes to wild festivals and has had the pleasure to open for acts like Milo Greene, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and Sean Rowe, and tour alongside Erin McKeown, Chris Pureka, and Melissa Ferrick.
In 2011, Roohan ventured to The Music Shed in New Orleans to record her debut album, The Docks. The album received wide acclaim in New York’s capital region. Beyond securing rotation on both college and public radio stations (WEXT, WEQX, WSPN), The Docks’ single “Foolish Girl” was named second to Sean Rowe’s “Downwind” in 97.7 WEXT’s Top 60 Songs of New York’s Capital Region (2012). This release and her many heartfelt performances reached wide audiences and, in 2012, the top alt-weekly in New York's capital region - Metroland -named Roohan "Best Female Singer-Songwriter".
Taking time to graduate from college, Roohan was laying low in 2013 except for her secret adventures to record a new album with Jason Brown at JBrown Noise. The time in the studio yielded a ten-song album that she released nationally in January 2014. Met with glowing reviews in her hometown, Roohan has widened her sights. With Skin & Bone in hand and her persistent wanderlust has brought her into the hearts of people all over the country. Skin & Bone has attracted new fans and opportunities including the chance to create original music for a soon-to-be-released documentary about women of 1969. Catch her in concert by checking her forever-changing tour schedule.