Cosy Sheridan, April 19, 2014



Hello Music Lovers, 

As the days get longer and the temperatures slowly climb we are feeling the draw of spring and the need to share the joy.  Of course, sharing the joy is really what we are all about here at Doverlaff House Concerts.  Cheryl and I have another great show lined up and would love for you to be here to share more joy, more great songs, more laughs and just plain old good times with us. 

On Saturday, April 19, we will feature award winning singer/songwriter Cosy Sheridan here in the Tiki Room of the Doverlaff Mansion. I am sure many of you know Cosy and her work.  I know you will want to catch her here in the intimate environment of the Tiki Room. Margaret Branch will join Cosy for a short opening set. For those who may not be so familiar with Cosy here is some information. 

“Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.”  She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival’s NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically-acclaimed debut CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records. “

The Chicago Examiner, on her CD The Horse King said “The Horse King,” from Chicago’s Waterbug Records, is Cosy Sheridan’s 10th CD, give or take. You can’t make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you’re doing, and do it well. Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here. Nine of the 10 cuts are Cosy Sheridan originals. They are mostly upbeat, often tongue-in-cheek, and always original and clever.”

Rich Warren, of Sing Out Magazine had this to say of Cosy’s 2008 release Eros, Cosy Sheridan possesses an eccentric muse, or perhaps it possesses her. That’s all for the good as this muse leads her into explorations to which other writers are oblivious. Thus, Eros stems largely from Greek mythology, as Sheridan sings with the wisdom of Minerva. Eros is a complete dozen song cycle that explores the nature of contemporary women and their lives as reflected in the age-old mythology. Sheridan specifically cites the myth of Eros and Psyche as the foundation for the album. She introduces the album’s concept with the opening “The Story Of Longing,” which contains a line about “the gods holding out their hand to me.” Several of the songs stand alone without direct reference to the theme, but, taken in context, they fit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. “The Beauty Cream” updates the Persephone myth in a mock Gospel style. The wonderfully tongue-in-cheek “Weekend Workshop” sends up and puts down some New Age rituals. It might take Dr. Freud to divine all the nuances contained in this fascinating album of well-written songs. “You Still Love Me Somewhere” could be mistaken for a Carter Family song, not derivative, simply in that timeless style. The album ends with some irony, with “Happiness is Waiting,” a song that uses laundry as metaphor. On this self-produced CD, Penny Nichols helped with the arrangements. Sheridan, who is a most adept guitarist, is accompanied by TR Ritchie, Kent Allyn, Nichols, David Surette and Eric Halter. This talented crew gives the songs bounce and substance. There’s some very tasty picking on many of the songs. Sheridan has practiced her trade for many years, and has touched on these themes before, but not in a coherent stream of new songs. I laud her for going to Hades and back for a CD that stands apart from the hydra of singer-songwriters. Sheridan sings with the knowingness in her performance of someone who has lived, and this makes the tale of Eros all the more provocative and relevant.

Some of Cosy’s videos that you may want to check out:

Quiety Led

First Song

Air Guitar

Well, that is just a taste of Cosy.  We are sure you will love her show, we did when we saw her at Artichoke Music last year.  

The suggested donation for this show is $15.  To guarantee your seats, send us a check, made out to Dan Dover with Cosy Sheridan in the memo line. I will not cash the checks until the week of the show.  We do prefer cash for at the door donations since I will need to give the money to Cosy after the show and will not have an opportunity to cash checks. You can mail checks to us at 7326 SE Woodward St., Portland, 97206

We sure hope you will join us for Cosy Sheridan on Saturday, April 19.  The show will start at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7. Its going to be a great show.  It will be better if you are here. 

As usual, we will provide some snacks for free and will have beer and wine available. We suggest a $2 donation for wine and beer.  

Hoping to see you at the show, 

Cheryl and Dan

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Quietly Led, Cosy Sheridan

Cosy Sheridan, First Song

Cosy Sheridan, Air Guitar
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