Hi All. Mercy Choir is taking up residence at Never Ending Books in New Haven on the last Friday of the month for the foreseeable future. On the last day of the Wobbling Roof variety shows at Never Ending Books I remember thinking to myself, “I should just do this forever.” So that’s what we’re doing. We’ll call it Mercy Choir and Friends. We’ll play in our various incarnations and have wildly different supporting acts of every conceivable genre. We’ll have musical guests, non-musical guests, experimenters, traditionalists, new friends, and old friends. We’ll play our old stuff and our new stuff and other people’s stuff and stuff that maybe would normally only happen in our rehearsal space. And we’ll do it for and with all the people we love.
In the past year or so, I blinked and Mercy Choir went from a solo act to a six person supergroup of some of the most talented and musically versatile bandmates I’ve ever played with. Just like I always intended, Mercy Choir sounds, looks, and behaves differently at every show. In case you didn’t know, the current lineup is Timothee Goselin Jr, Loralee Geil, Bruce Crowder, Brian Slattery, Chris Zollo, and me. I love these people. That’s a fact.
Enough about us. More importantly, music in CT is better than ever. Every day I hear or see or meet another new band that blows me away. And for some reason, the old-timers (like me) sounds better than ever. We want to share a bill so many of these great artists. And so we will.
Just a taste of what’s ahead: For the first show (7/29) in this Never Ending series, we share the night with Quiet Giant and Swamp Yankee.
The second show (8/26) Lys Guillorn and Sam Carlson join us. And every month we’ll keep it rolling with more and more good music and entertainment and wildness and weirdness.
Incidentally, without Lys Guillorn’s help, advice, and input, and vision with the Wobbling Roof series, I wouldn’t have the guts to try something like this. I suspect you will see her quite a lot at these shows. Hopefully with an instrument in her hands.
Also, I want to give a hat tip to my hero James Velvet. His decade-long residency at Cafe 9 with his band The Mocking Birds was an institution and was 100% in the spirit of love for New Haven and for live music. That’s what we’re aiming for here. So as always, we say, thanks for the inspiration, James.
So, long story short, if you want to see Mercy Choir play (pro tip: you do), you now know where to find us. We’ll be at Never Ending Books on State Street in New Haven on the last Friday of every month, hopefully forever.