By: Bob Moore & Maria Moore
Amy Speace came to New Hartford and her performance lit up the Night at the ‘Nights at the Beekley’ concert on Saturday, February 12.
As David Sessions said to the audience in his introduction: “I’ve told Amy that we’re the kind of a crowd that likes to hear her talk about her music and I hope to learn a lot more about it this evening.” And that’s exactly what Amy proceeded to do.
The evening was a delightful mix of stories of the people in her life, and the stories in her songs, which sometimes related to each other and sometimes did not. But no matter. The stories were charming, and Amy’s music stands on its own, with no need for props or help of any kind. Accompanied only by her guitar and ukelele, Amy enchanted her audience. Whether crooning a love song as in “It’s too late to call it a night,” or whooping it up as in “Double Wide Trailer,” her sweet, melodious voice carried her audience with her on a journey of musical discovery from Near-New York (Jersey) to Nashville and back again to New Hartford, where she made everyone feel,as she said at the beginning of the evening: “… you’re my kind of people!” And for her audience that evening at the Beekley, Amy was the star who lit up their night.
Amy’s music spans a vast emotional range. Here’s one example as she sings “Weight of the World” which was performed by Judy Collins at the Newport Folk Festival, albeit without acknowledgement. But let Amy tell you about that…
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Bob’s hands-down favorite from the concert is Amy’s rendition of “Battened Hatches” by New Haven composer Chuck E. Costa. Listen and you’ll see why Amy Speace’s music is so easy to love…
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