Unity House Concerts presents… Allysen Callery & Driftwood Soldier

Event details

  • Saturday | November 19, 2016
  • 7:30 pm
  • 245 Porter Lake Dr. Springfield, MA 01108
  • 413-736-2324


Join us in our intimate wooded setting for an amazing co-bill with sixties-inspired singer-songwriter Allysen Callery and mandolin and bass “gutter-folk” duo Driftwood Soldier!

Self-taught New England rising star and fingerpicker Allysen Callery, who joins us fresh off her European tour, has been compared to Sandy Denny, and not unfairly: after all, she learned to play from her parent’s record collections. But her shimmering, delicate will-o-the-wisp inventions and reinventions, proudly and accurately described as “quiet music for a loud world”, are all her own – as is that soaring, counterpuntal voice. New CD/vinyl release The Song the Songbird Sings, with its ringing echoes of the 60′s British psychedelic folk revival, offers perfect proof of why we’re so thrilled to hear more, with tightly crafted, elegantly performed originals and a stunning Gordon Lightfoot cover that holds us close with dark urgency in a frozen wasteland.

Philly duo Driftwood Soldier reinvents folk in their own way, too, with a chunky, funky post-apocalyptic Americana in live performance that echoes that of last year’s debut Scavenger’s Joy, a wonderfully bouncy, grungy, organic collection chock full of growled vocals, howling slackstrings, and percussive found materials (including coffee cans and suitcases) that evokes both history and reinvention, with hints of early Deadhead experimentation, Leon Russell’s soul, the field recordings of Robert Johnson and Lead Belly, and the sparse, harsh deconstruction of Morphine and Tom Waits.

All Unity House Concerts take place at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield at 245 Porter Lake Drive in Springfield, MA – less than an hour from Northampton, Hartford, Worcester and the Berkshires, with easy access to Interstate 91.

Doors open for all shows at 6:30. Homemade desserts and coffee are available for a small donation in Fellowship Hall. Open seating begins at 7:00.

Tickets $15 for adults, $5 for students w/ID. Cash only, please!