Sorcha

Sorcha

Portland, Maine, USA
SoloFolkBlues

Sorcha's "sultry and jazzy" voice captures the blues, jazz and country influences in her music. This 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist "unveils a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability...witty verses with smart rhymes." (Portland Phoenix)

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Biography

Sorcha's :sultry and jazzy" voice captures the blues, jazz and country influences in her music. Wielding acoustic guitar and claw hammer banjo, this 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist "unveils a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes." (Portland Phoenix)

An old piano in the laundry room in her artsy, rural coastal Maine home fueled her propensity to create. Having come to songwriting following a significant loss, Sorcha performs and teaches with a deep appreciation for creativity's capacity to uplift, empower and heal. She has released three albums - Balance (1999), Walk It Once (2006) and Laughing Lamenting (2010). Sorcha has shared the stage with Edie Carey, Tab Benoit, Tom Rush, Obo Addy and the late Bill Morrissey. Her music has taken her from Portland, Maine's Old Port Festival to Bostons Club Passim and Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY to the streets of Nashville.

Sorcha also facilitates songwriting exploration workshops at schools and grieving centers, often in collaboration with other musicians, artists and health care professionals.

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BAND BIO: Sorcha & The Clearing

Sorcha - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Joe Farrell - vocals, electric guitar
Patia Maule - vocals, keys, fiddle
Adam Montminy - vocals, bass
Chas Lester - vocals, drums

Sorchas voice captures the blues, jazz, country and latin influences of her new five piece band. This 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist expands her rock and soul side with Joe Farrell (vocals, electric guitar), Patia Maule (vocals, keys, fiddle), Adam Montminy (bass) and Chas Lester (vocals, drums).

Backed by a seasoned rhythm section, inventive instrumentalists and rich harmonies, Sorcha has the space to stretch out her whispers and wails, broadening her "suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes." (Portland Pheonix)

Learn about other collaborations at www.sorchastudio.com.

Lyrics

Miss Marlene

Written By: Sorcha

Miss Marlene your intentions were good
you didn’t mean to be so misunderstood
Miss Marlene you would have explained if you could
but the odds were against you so your story had to be good

you better be careful with your questions
they might open the wrong door
you better not make any confessions
cause then you got to say what you are making them for

you would never ask a magician
how does he swallow his swords and knives
even if you lose all inhibitions
you’d never tell the similar secret you hide

oh how your garden is growing
up to your knees in weeds, that came back from last year
what’s this peculiar flower blooming
I’ve never seen anything like it in here

the roses are all in denial
they don’t like it, they don’t want it, so they pretend it’s not there
pitchfork in the composting pile
the smell of contempt in the air

you could run away, call it a day, but your magic will follow wherever you go
or you could stay, try it a different way, uncover your secrets row by row

Farmer's Luck

Written By: Sorcha

nothin but cornfields far as the eye can see
our fiftieth year is as good as we hoped it would be
no diseases and plenty of rain
no tordanoes or hurricanes
crops have been good ever since the new family came
your mama says "they are a godsend
didn't think i'd live to see great-grand-children"
i say i hope we're half as lucky as them
but next year will be harder, you'll see

thanks be
to the hands and machines that have gathered this food from the field
the pantry is full, it must be a record high yield
i wish i could let it just fill me up
but i can't help but think it's just dreamer's luck
and one of these days i will finally be woken up
to a fire that's sparked in the combine
burning hundreds of acres in no time
i can hardly bear to turn out the light
for fear that this here is our last lucky night

i've never seen our son Elijah filled with such joy
last year he got married
and now they have a new baby boy
the city has promised him a living wage
i know they must go for the money's sake
but i'll miss him crazy, the energy won't be the same
and what if disaster falls on us
and we can't find a soul who can help us
we're both getting older and slowing down
and Elijah has a new family now

oh lord, what what can we do
oh lord, when i will i stop asking you
i know i've been planting the seed of worry
i know i should trust that these fields
will provide us with enough
and that's all that we need

Hold Me Close

Written By: Sorcha

I heard you coming down the corridor but I wasn't sure if it was you
but I started talkin' - talkin like I knew
I turned around and there you were dusting off your jeans
a sorry sight but a sight for sore eyes just the same, just the same

I said I can't believe you're still wearin' those boots that you had back when
I was eighteen and you were nineteen, goin' on ten
you’d chase me all around that sleepy town like it was your jungle gym
don't you dare shake that balance beam on me again - I'm still balancing

hold me close, don't ever let me go
I've always known if I couldn't be with you I'd be alone
hold me close, don't ever let me go
I've always known you'd find a way to make it home

I can still hear laughin at me from your pickup truck
when I drove my mercury onto the beach and I got stuck
you pulled me out of that mess alright just like Mike Mulligan
and you promised me right there and then you’d pull me out again

If You Get Too Close

Written By: Sorcha

if you get too close I’m bound to step on your toes
if you tell me come closer I’m bound to tell you no I won’t
see I’m a little cautious, you’re a little bit too sure
then when you pull back I want a little bit more

I don’t fear the reaper
I’m pretty good friends with him
he took my ma away when I was a kid
see I don’t fear commitment
no and I don’t fear love
I just fear the loneliness when it’s done

you say you want me near but I got to keep you at arm’s length
It’s a simple explanation, a woman just needs her space
see I’m a little cautious, you’re a little bit too sure
then when you pull back I want a little bit more

my heart trembles and my knees begin to shake
and I pretend not to notice every time you look my way
see I’m a little cautious, you’re a little bit too sure
then when you pull back I want a little bit more

if you want it all
don’t just tell me you want it all
if you want it all
don’t just tell me you want it all
if you want it all
you got to show me you want it all
if you want it all
you got to show me, you got to show me, you got to show me you want it all
you got to show me, you got to show me, you got to show me you want it all
you got to show me, you got to show me, you got to show me you want it all
you got to show me, you got to show…

Discography

SOLO/BAND:

Laughing and Lamenting (2010)
*Radio Airplay: Maine Public Radio, WCLZ, WMPG, WERU-FM

Walk It Once (2006)
*Radio Airplay: Maine Public Radio, WCLZ, WMPG, WERU-FM

Balance (2001)
*Radio Airplay: WERU-FM

COLLABORATIONS:

The Acorn EP, Ramblin' Red (2011)

GUEST ARTIST APPEARANCES:

- Goldrush (Putnam Smith, 2008) - harmony vocals
- Falling Out of Airplanes (Pete Morse, 2008) - harmony vocals
- Fame Without Fortune (Jordan Benissan, 2005) - harmony vocals
- Let Me Play My Music (Jordan Benissan, 2004) - harmony vocals, electric guitar, original song "Give It Time"

PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE CREDITS:

Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes (James Cotton, 2004) - Telarc Blues

Love Wants To Dance (Maria Muldaur, 2004)

Friends (Eric Bibb, 2004) - Telarc Blues

What About Love? (Deborah Coleman, 2004) - Telarc Blues

Set List

Original compositions. Occasional covers include Gillian Welch, John Prine, Peter Rowan, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Patti Griffin, Concrete Blonde.