Contemporary folk music artist Tracy Grammer has garnered acclaim across the country and throughout her field. The Boston Globe described her as “one of the finest singers and …
Contemporary folk music artist Tracy Grammer has garnered acclaim across the country and throughout her field. The Boston Globe described her as “one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom,” and even Joan Baez praised Grammer as “a brilliant artist.”
In the midst of such widespread fame, Grammer retains a special place in her heart for the Pacific Northwest where she and her late partner, Dave Carter, got their start during the late 1990s.
She returns on Friday, Feb. 2, with a 7:30 p.m. show at the Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Rd. in Port Townsend. Grammer appears as part of Rainshadow Recording’s ongoing concert series, sponsored by Corvus Crafts Printing, Robin’s Nest BnB, and KPTZ 91.9 FM.
Rainshadow’s Matt Miner noted that Grammer is “renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling.” The artist has recorded and performed with both Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, in addition to headlining several of the nation’s top folk festivals, including Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge. Grammer also “enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter,” Miner said.
She is currently on tour celebrating her 11th release, “Low Tide,” the first of her albums to showcase her original songs, and the ninth most-played album on folk radio in 2018. It’s a “Top 10 Album of the Year” as voted by Fish Records UK.
Since she hasn’t lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2005, Grammar acknowledged that she might have slightly lost touch with the signature sound of the area.
“But what I can tell you is that it’s a very friendly region for storytellers and contemporary folk singers, like myself, whose songs draw from all the realms of human experience and emotion,” Grammar said. “My connection to the Pacific Northwest is special, because it’s my musical ground zero.”
Grammar moved to Massachusetts in 2005, but has kept “a strong connection” with her Pacific Northwest fans by returning every year, sometimes twice a year.
“I performed to a full house in Port Townsend a year ago, and had a wonderful time,” she said. “The space was warm, the sound was incredible, and the audience was lively and engaged. It was perfection!”
After Carter’s death in 2002, Grammer returned here, “to the ‘cradle of your grace,’ to borrow from Dave’s ‘Gentle Arms of Eden,’” to heal from his loss.
“With the support of my audiences, I found the strength to carry on, and come into my own, without him,” she said.
Tickets for Grammer’s Feb. 2 concert at the Palindrome are $20 each at ticketstorm.com/e/29248/t online, or $25 in cash or check at the door.
For more information, call Miner at 503-484-8196.