Lucy Kaplansky has a well-honed grasp on melody, which is something almost impossible to teach and reveals her deeply rooted and intuitive musicianship. Still, Kaplansky’s seriousness and austerity, matched with a few uninspired new songs, made it a long evening, and one whose highlights were frustratingly weighed down by filler.
There’s something comforting about Richard Shindell. He makes folk-oriented rock’n roll, simple, lovely, melodic, and lyrically engaging. A troubadour of sorts, this Buenos Aires resident (by way of New York City) manages an engaging ease that not only endears him to the audience, but that beautifully complements the salt-of-the-earth, storytelling nature of his songs.