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The primary inspiration behind XVII was Nerissa and Katryna’s hero, Pete Seeger, who died in January of 2014. His love of sharing music and his passion for justice had been a part of their lives since before they were born (their parents fell in love at a Pete Seeger concert). The songs on XVII are about the lessons we hope to learn by midlife: accepting the passage of time and the choices we’ve made, and being thankful for the moments of grace. They are about knowing where we’re supposed to be, and recognizing that there are many things we may never understand. They’re about having faith in something bigger, be it God, humanity, love, or all of the above.
Written by Nerissa, but with significant contributions from Katryna, the songs show a confident songwriter trusting her voice, willing to take leaps, and able to write songs that are deeply personal. The songs give Katryna room to stretch her voice, from intimate whispers to full throated soaring. The sisters’ vocal interplay and intricate harmonies—the duo’s hallmark—are as thrilling as ever.
ABOUT LISA BASTONI
“Ten cracking tracks…the songs are Americana of the highest order, think along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin, with high quality musos to match.” Maverick-UK
Lisa Bastoni had a thriving singer-songwriter career going until she took a break to start a family with her husband, novelist Christopher Boucher. In the past, Bastoni has shared the stage with artists including Arlo Guthrie, Lori McKenna, Regina Spektor, and Little Big Town. Now, after nearly ten years away from writing and performing, Bastoni returns to music with The Wishing Hour, released in January 2017.
While some of the elements of the album were recorded in different studios in New York and Nashville, all of the basic tracks at the heart of the album were recorded on a laptop in a corner of the kids’ playroom of her Watertown, MA house in the wee hours of the night.
The ten tracks on this record — including standouts “In This Town,” “Wichita” and “Rabbit Hole” — are a collection of starkly honest, beautifully crafted, and ultimately uplifting timeless Americana songs.
We’ll see you there! Remember…
Doors open 1/2 hour before the concert.
All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries are available for purchase before each show and during intermission.