NOTE: In 2017 we are planning CD RELEASE shows for Grammer's first album of original music, due in September.
1. words+music show *new*:
Powerful readings from the memoir in progress interspersed with song. Described by one attendee as a monologue with musical interludes. Best suited to playhouses and small theaters with professional stage, living room set, and lighting. Solo or duo. Sound system required.
Tracy offers an engaging balance of story and song tailored to her audiences. Often described as incantations, her shows transport, enlighten, and entertain, and nearly always end with the whole room -- or hillside -- singing along. Solo internationally; duo in New England and further afield with the right financials. Festivals, theater/opera house, coffeehouse, private party, house concert, library. Family shows are also possible.
3. songwriting workshops.
Tracy has taught two consecutive years at Camp Ned in Colorado and led a master class at Portland Songwriters Association in 2016. Less about craft and more about impulse, writerly voice, and authenticity, Tracy's workshops offer an inspiring spiritual and physical approach to the art of songmining, using her methods and those of the late Dave Carter as examples.
4. writing workshops.
With a keen writer's ear, ten years of workshop experience, and a daily writing practice, Tracy is an enthusiastic, effective prose and memoir writing facilitator. Prompts, writing time, sharing, suggestiong for further development. Ideally offered following a performance or workshop.
Tracy taught choral music for two years at a private charter junior high/high school in western Massachusetts and continues to serve as a sub at another. Encouraging, uplifting, authentic performances and discussions tailored to the school's objectives, delivered by a real-life working musician.
6. private events.
Weddings, memorials, church services, graduations, bedside/hospice ... Tracy is delighted to be of service. Inquire within.
PROMOTERS & FANS SPEAK OUT:
"Tracy Grammer has blossomed from half of a famous duo to an accomplished solo performer whose show includes her renditions of [Dave] Carter's repertoire, a select few covers, and tunes of her own. Her strong, smooth voice, her friendly, conversational banter, and her warm and funny stories from before, during, and after the Dave Carter years draw the audience in like a well-written autobiography turned into a quality movie with a killer soundtrack. Highly recommended." -Joe Mercadante, Steeple Coffeehouse
"Any world in which Tracy Grammer needs to say more than 'It's Tracy Grammer. When do you want me to play?' is a world gone horribly wrong." -Scott Sheldon, Sanctuary Concerts
"Tracy charmed our audience with songs and stories new and old, invoking the magic of her partnership with the late Dave Carter but weaving in her own unique style and grace, keeping the material fresh and engaging." -Melinda Perrin, A Place for Folk
"With Tracy, it's never just about the music. It's a soul journey." - a fan
about Tracy Grammer
TRACY GRAMMER has performed in solo, duo, trio, and band configurations on coffeehouse, theater, and festival stages since 1997. A favorite on the folk circuit, Tracy is primarily known as a sensitive, creative song interpreter with a springwater clear alto, a girl-next-door stage presence, pristine fingerstyle guitar, beautifully intoned violin, and an unshakable dedication to the legacy of the late songwriter, Dave Carter. Her quick wit and writer's eye also make her a riveting storyteller and at the end of the night, it's often the case that audiences can't decide which they loved better -- the songs, or the stories behind them.
Tracy's show has evolved over the years from a sad remembrance of her late partner to a joyful celebration of life. Continually refining her voice and presentation, Tracy's hope is that her work and her journey will continue to serve as a balm and an inspiration to thousands worldwide. "I'm on the road for one reason," she says. "to restore love."
In addition to performing internationally, Tracy has judged Kerrville New Folk, served as a Folk Alliance panelist and mentor, led songwriting workshops, hosted the Dave Carter Memorial Writer's Round-up for eight years, taught choral groups at a private school in Massachusetts, and delivered the keynote at Cape May Singer-Songwriter Weekend. She has toured as bandmate and opening act for Joan Baez, performed with Hugh Masekela and Odetta as part of the Songs of the Spirit Tour in 2007, and recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter. She is the only performer invited to play the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 13 years in a row and promoters everywhere agree: the photos don't do her justice.
She performs in solo, duo, and band configurations. Duo shows can include Jim Henry (guitars, mandolin, dobro, vocals) in and around New England and farther afield; Rob Schnell (percussion, drums, guitar, vocals) accompanies in the mid-Atlantic. Please keep in mind that budgetary considerations determine the personnel we're able to bring.
NOTE: We cannot entertain any offers without guarantees.