about Tracy Grammer
Tracy Grammer has performed in solo, duo, trio, and band configurations on coffeehouse, theater, and festival stages since 1997. With pristine fingerstyle guitar, percussive strums, dynamic vocals, and incantatory narratives, Tracy delivers a polished, personal show notable for its melodies, meaningful content, and comfortable, authentic delivery. It's often the case at the end of the show that audiences can't decide which they loved better -- the songs, or the stories behind them.
Tracy's journey in music has been marked by both tragedy and triumph. In 2002, then-duo partner, songwriter Dave Carter, died mid-tour. The duo, heralded as "the new voice of folk music" by the Associated Press, was riding high on the success of their third album, DRUM HAT BUDDHA, and had just toured with Joan Baez as her featured artists and bandmates. Tracy's determination and grace in the wake of tremendous loss, and her transparency as she gained her footing as a solo artist, have earned her a devoted, lifelong following. Her concerts are nothing less than a celebration of courage, bravery, and love, as she continues to fold the songs of her late partner in with her own originals. As one fan puts it, "With Tracy, it's not just about the music -- it's a soul journey."
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 New York State's Songs of the Spirit Tour, 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.
Duo shows include Jim Henry (guitars, mandolin, Dobro, vocals) in and around New England and farther afield. The album band includes Paul Kochanski (bass) and Lorne Entress (drums/percussion). Please keep in mind that budgetary considerations absolutely determine routing and personnel. A modest guarantee is required on any show more than 100 miles from Greenfield, Mass.
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
NOTE: In 2018 we are planning CD RELEASE shows for LOW TIDE, Grammer's first album of original music scheduled for retail release January 19, 2018.
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, led a master class at Portland Songwriters Association in 2016, and returns annually to Noisemakers in St. Petersburg, Fla. 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, suggestions 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.
Workshop Feedback from "One Foot in Ice, One in Fire: The Art of Moving On" -- 2017 FAR-West Folk Alliance conference:
“Tracy Grammer was wonderful. Very sharing, warm, intelligent.”
“Great strength in the presentational personal journey.”
“An extraordinary talk!”
“One of the most moving, honest self-journey discussions I have ever experienced. The message was great – the integrity of the whole, even better.”
“Tracy is fantastic! Wonderful discussion & wonderful listener engagement! Wonderful!”
“Insightful – thoughtful – heartfelt – honest – humble.”
“Brave and beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing your story.”