Friday, June 8th at 7:30pm. Wellfleet Preservation Hall presents up-and-coming, standout R&B artist and songwriter Ali McGuirk. This young award-winning singer is the REAL DEAL (think Sarah Vaughan meets Joni Mitchell, then picks up Amy Winehouse). Tickets are $20 each and available at http://wellfleetpreservationhall.org.
Ali will be touring with the talented NJ duo Dharmasoul who will open the show with a rousing set of soul and funk-infused blues.
Ali McGuirk has made a career of captivating audiences with her unique blend of hypnotic R&B grooves, folk songwriter lyricism, classic soul delivery, and a gravelly blues temperament. With a focus on lively improvisation, strong instrumentals and her own buttery voice, her earliest years as a performer were spent earning residencies across 4 continents, from Santorini to Hong Kong.
In 2016, she was recognized on the cover of the Boston Globe Sunday Arts section as an "artist to hear," along with Lake Street Dive, Haim and others by the influential Boston rock critic Steve Morse. Shortly thereafter, she released her debut, self-titled EP.
In November 2017, she released her first full-length album, "Slow Burn," which saw her working with an eclectic mix of artists, including Boston guitar legend Jeffrey Lockhart (Lettuce, D'angelo, Lalah Hathaway), Brandon Mayes (Kendrick Lamar, Soulja Boy), DeShawn Alexander (Marcus King, Eric Krasno) and Cilla Bonnie (Air Traffic Controller).
"Slow Burn" was named as one of Steve Morse's Top Ten Albums of 2017, put Ali in the Boston Herald's list for "Best Music of 2017" and contributed to Ali's Boston Music Award Nomination for 2017's Best New Artist.
Opening band Dharmasoul is a New Jersey based soul/folk/rock duo featuring Jonah Tolchin & Kevin Clifford.
Although Dharmasoul is difficult to narrow down into one genre, they can best be described through their noted influences of contemporary artists such as Medeski Martin Wood & Scofield, Vulfpeck, D’Angelo, Soulive, Snarky Puppy, and Lettuce as well as throwback influences including The Meters, Staple Singers, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers Band, and Stevie Wonder.