Music: Dust Devil Heart plays Fri., Jan. 3

Dust Devil Heart plays Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Jan. 3. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Dust Devil Heart is an acoustic duo featuring singer-songwriters Holley Anderson (guitar, vocals) and Elise Morrison (bass, vocals). Their big hearted originals are filled with close harmonies and poetic lyrics. They mix in beloved covers by artists such as Lucinda Williams, Leonard Cohen, Dar Williams, and the Indigo Girls. Formed in 2018, Dust Devil Heart has played regular gigs at The Stand in Branford and the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in Madison. They have performed in Corvallis and Eugene, Oregon in June, 2019 and were featured at the Shortbeach Music Festival in July, 2019.

Their collaboration as singer-songwriters began in 2018, but Holley and Elise are both life long musicians. Elise grew up playing french horn in orchestras, singing in choirs, and performing in musicals through college in Oregon, after which she pursued a career in theater. This took her to New York, Montana, Kentucky, Providence, RI, Texas, and now New Haven, CT where she is an Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Yale University. Other original performance ventures of hers include Cabaret Murderess (2007)a speculative feminist cabaret about Lizzie Borden with Molly Flynn and Michelle Carriger; Smoke and Mirrors, a bi-monthly multi-media cabaret at Brown University; Through the Looking Glass: A Surveillance Cabaret with Sleeping Weazel in Boston (2012); and, in collaboration with Jamie Jewett, Luke Dubois, and Thalia Field, an original dance-theater piece called Zoologic, performed at FirstWorks Providence, RI in 2015. Her book, Discipline and Desire: Surveillance Technologies in Performance was published by University of Michigan Press in 2016. Holley sang in choirs growing up, performed in musicals, and has traversed the country on various adventures, musical and otherwise. She has lived in Alaska, New Mexico, Texas, and New York, where she and Sander Hicks founded Vox Pop, a coffee shop, book store, and performance venue credited with kindling the social scene on Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, NY. After running Vox Pop for six years, including the popular weekly open mic for local musicians, Holley became a Licensed Social Worker and returned to her home state of Connecticut. She works in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy division at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Holley and Elise met through their young children, who are now in elementary school, and discovered a shared love of indie rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, Dar Williams, and the Indigo Girls. Though both of them had written songs in the past, the songwriting floodgates opened when they began collaborating in early 2018. Their big hearted originals, sung in close harmonies, have become the hallmark of their music making and won them fans across the country. They have performed regularly at The Stand in Branford and the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in Madison, with a summer tour in Oregon and a spot at the Shortbeach Music Festival in 2019. In December 2019 they recorded a podcast about their collaboration and songwriting process with Briah Luckey and Sarah Cohen’s Women’s Work: Journey and Process New Haven based arts collective and podcast. They will be recording their first album, titled Palm Trees and Boulevards in the spring of 2020.

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