Nellie McKay, quirky songstress, to perform in Hampton with string quartet

A Sunday story from my colleague David Nicholson included a nugget of exciting information. Nellie McKay, a piano-playing songwriter known for witty, irreverent tunes, will play The American Theatre in Hampton Nov. 1.

Nicholson's story about the 2013-14 season for Hampton Arts showed that she'll be performing with the Turtle Island String Quartet, a group that share's McKay's thirst for bold, unpredictable moves.

What follows is an explanation of the tour from Baylin Artists Management website.


Singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist, Nellie McKay joins forces with the two time GRAMMY® award winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s. While the combination of voice and strings has long been a staple of the classical genre as well as of contemporary music, Nellie McKay’s talents on piano, mallets, and ukulele and Turtle Island’s famed innovative rhythmic techniques unleash an unprecedented range of possibilities. A healthy dose of original music, for which both Ms. McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet are renowned, rounds out this sweeping concert.


The website mentions that Nellie McKay performed on Broadway in "The Three Penny Opera," and says that her show with Turtle Island may include songs from Marlene Dietrich and Doris Day. McKay released a CD tribute to Doris Day, "As Normal as Blueberry Pie" in 2009.

Here's an NPR Tiny Desk Concert featuring McKay from 2011.


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