http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-talks-to-bbc-world-service-about-striking-a-chord-through-music-2010-08-24August 24, 2010|2 comments
Natalie Merchant has contributed a moving and personal interview to the new BBC World Service series Striking a Chord, in which musicians talk about songs they have written that “struck a chord with a nation, or a generation." Merchant discusses her song "Wonder" and the impact it has had, as well as the unique power of music. "It's hard to unite people in one feeling and one frame of mind," she says. "I feel like music is a way to do that. It's one of the only ways."Read more|Journal Topics:Radionatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-gives-one-of-years-most-assured-performances-pure-poetry-in-motion-dallas-morning-news-2010-08-23August 23, 2010|1 commentsNatalie Merchant Gives "One of the Year's Most Assured Performances, Pure Poetry in Motion," Says Dallas Morning News
Natalie Merchant's US tour brought her to Texas for three shows, including Thursday night in Dallas. The Dallas Morning News says Merchant's voice "sounds as pure and powerful now as it did 20 years ago" and calls the show "one of the year's most assured performances. Natalie Merchant proved to be nothing less than pure poetry in motion." In Florida, where the tour heads next, the Sun Sentinel says her "voice is simply timeless."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-carolina-chocolate-drops-rokia-traore-cambridge-folk-festival-sets-on-sky-arts-tv-2010-08-20August 20, 2010|0 commentsNatalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rokia Traoré Cambridge Folk Festival Sets on Sky Arts TV
Natalie Merchant's performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival earlier this month will be featured on the UK's Sky Arts TV Saturday night, which also includes interviews with Natalie and with Carolina Chocolate Drops, plus performances from the Drops and Rokia Traoré. Merchant's US tour stops in Texas this weekend. The Arizona Republic says: "Her ambitious touring and recording project shows an artist who continues to evolve and push herself."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Televisionnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-talks-poetry-with-students-of-826-valencia-2010-08-16August 16, 2010|0 comments
Natalie Merchant's US summer tour came to California last week for a number of concerts, including stops at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego over the weekend. Merchant had previously performed in the Bay Area and stopped by 826 Valencia, Dave Eggers' writing program for students. The San Francisco Chronicle described the event as "a kind of 'master class' for high school kids."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-performs-w-full-orchestras-this-fall-the-atlantic-calls-live-set-tour-de-force-2010-08-11August 11, 2010|3 commentsNatalie Merchant to Perform with Full Orchestras This Fall; The Atlantic Calls Her Live Set "A Tour de Force"
As Natalie Merchant and her band perform songs from Leave Your Sleep in California this week, new shows have just been added in the Northeast this fall featuring a full symphony orchestra. LA Weekly calls Leave Your Sleep "the most sonically adventurous project of her career." The Atlantic, reviewing the Seattle show, says it "worked—in wondrous ways," calling it "a tour de force ... an artist's creative and courageous venture into new territory altogether."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News Reviewsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-carolina-chocolate-drops-and-rokia-traor-at-the-cambridge-folk-festival-2010-08-05August 05, 2010|0 commentsNatalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rokia Traoré Cambridge Folk Festival Sets on BBC Radio 2
Natalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Rokia Traoré performed recently at the 45th annual Cambridge Folk Festival in Cambridge, England. BBC Radio 2's festival highlights program features interviews and live performances by all three both artists. Press coverage of the festival included praise for the performances.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-carolina-chocolate-drops-rokia-traore-perform-at-cambridge-folk-festival-2010-07-29July 29, 2010|0 comments
The 45th annual Cambridge Folk Festival gets under way tonight at Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge, England, and three Nonesuch artists are set to take the stage there this weekend: Natalie Merchant headlines Saturday night, Carolina Chocolate Drops perform both Saturday and Sunday, and Rokia Traoré performs on Sunday. BBC Radio 2 will broadcast highlights next Wednesday.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tournatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-heads-to-uk-releases-itunes-session-of-reimagined-originals-covers-2010-07-28July 28, 2010|0 comments
Natalie Merchant's tour resumes in the US next week following a stop in the UK for the Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend. Fans on both sides of the Atlantic can now pick up an iTunes Session from Merchant with reimagined original music and cover songs. The Grand Rapids Press gives 3.5 of 4 stars to a recent show, full of "compelling songs, tight musicianship and Merchant's strong vocals."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-creates-uplifting-show-w-cheerful-vibes-tender-intimate-voice-chicago-tribune-2010-07-23July 23, 2010|1 commentsNatalie Merchant Creates "Uplifting Show" with "Cheerful Vibes" and "Tender, Intimate Voice," Says Chicago Tribune
Natalie Merchant brought her Leave Your Sleep tour to the Chicago Theatre for what the Chicago Tribune calls an "uplifting show," in which Merchant's "multimedia presentation enchanted with childlike wonder and wide-eyed imagination." The Tribune cites her "refreshing enthusiasm and approachable demeanor" and, most important, her "tender, intimate voice."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchants-leave-your-sleep-is-as-gorgeous-as-it-is-ambitious-says-chicago-sun-times-2010-07-20July 20, 2010|7 comments
Natalie Merchant's summer tour continues this week, as she and her eight-piece band head to Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. Merchant will sign copies of her new album, Leave Your Sleep, at Borders in Chicago on Thursday. The Chicago Sun-Times says the album "is as gorgeous as it is ambitious ... Leave Your Sleep reawakens the soul to the spirit of poetry."