Music: Singer-songwriter Esther Golton on Wed., Apr. 17, at 8 PM

Esther_Golton_PressPhoto2_WebSinger-songwriter Esther Golton, a recent transplant to Connecticut from distant Alaska, will perform in the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Apr. 17. The cover charge is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

Philadelphia born, educated with a degree in flute performance, jazz and composition, Esther moved to Alaska in 1997 to live a simple life in a wilderness log cabin.  “Alaska is a place of extreme weather and fiercely independent people.  And it’s beautiful.  I think my songs and style have come to evoke that experience.”

Esther Golton creates music that satisfies the quest for something delightfully different and diverse.  Her voice has been described as  “silky smooth, precise and winsome.”  Add an unusually intricate use of the mountain dulcimer, stunningly fluid flute, and melodic, colorful writing, and you begin to turn heads.

Esther’s extraordinary life has included an Appalachian Trail Thru-hike (’91), 2 years in Tokyo teaching English and busking in the train stations (’92-’93), self-building a cabin while in Alaska (’98), and traversing the U.S. as a touring singer-songwriter (’07-present).  She was also an integral part of Whole Wheat Radio, an 8-year web-radio project (’02-’10) that encouraged discovery and support of independent music, and hosted top-notch touring acoustic musicians for live-webcast house concerts, as well as providing a community gathering space to the local townsfolk.

Esther’s newest work, Stay Warm, will be released in 2013.   She previously produced 2 other projects:  a lyrically rich collection of songs titled Unfinished Houses, and Aurora Borealis: Conversations with Alaska’s Northern Lights, an album of exquisite flute-dulcimer instrumentals.  Says Carrie Newcomer: “The world so needs works of honesty and truth and worth like these.”

Listen to Esther Golton’s song “Going to Shadu”:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Wednesday, Apr. 24. SINGER-SONGWRITER: HENRY SIDLE

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Wednesday, May 1. MAY DAY TROUBADOR & FILM SCREENING: BILL COLLINS and May Day-appropriate film TBA

• Thursday, May 2. INDIE ROCK—THE SAWTELLES

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE, BUCK McGRANE

• Thursday, May 16. ROCK—ROPE

• Thursday, June 6. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Wednesday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNA AYRES-BROWN