The Soul Café
Amythyst Kiah ft Ali McGuirk at the historic North Church of Portsmouth Soul Cafe Music Series
**Doors Open at 7:00pm
Our Native Daughters, Amythyst's recent collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell(Birds of Chicago) has delivered a full-length album. NPR described the opening track, Black Myself, written by Amythyst, as "the simmering defiance of self-respect in the face of racism."
Amythyst regularly tours the United Kingdom and has performed at Celtic Connections. She has also shined at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and opening for artists such as the Indigo Girls and more.
Provocative and fierce, Amythyst's ability to cross boundaries is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.
Rolling Stone Magazine says, "Amythyst Kiah is one of roots music's most exciting emerging talents, blending a deep knowledge of old-time music with sensibilities spanning classic country to contemporary R&B."
No Depression Magazine says, "Amythyst Kiah is going to be famous...the best way to experience her music is in person. I don't think its an understatement to say that Amythyst Kiah will remind you what it is to love live music."
NY Times says, "Her razor-sharp guitar picking alone guarantees her a place among masters, but it's her deep-hued voice that can change on a dime from brushed steel to melted toffee that commands attention."
"Slow Burn, the debut album from stirring songstress Ali McGuirk, possesses the kind of intense introspection usually reserved for artists twice her age. The singer dives headfirst into the turbulent waters of heartbreak, longing, and adulthood with cognizance that is wistful yet liberating; raw yet still devastatingly beautiful."
"A soul singer who evokes comparisons to Amy Winehouse but rocks even harder."
- Steve Morse, The Boston Globe
"A single listen to 'Slow Burn' reveals that McGuirk’s labor of love is full of rewards. The record ranges from ’70s-style quiet storm to ’90s neo-soul to modern alternative R&B. What’s that mean? If you dig Marvin Gaye or Sade, Norah Jones or Ledisi, you’ll dig 'Slow Burn,'"
- Jed Gotleib, Boston Herald
“When she opens her mouth, people stop and take notice, captivated by her swooping, honeyed voice.”
-Paul Robicheau, The Improper Bostonian