WHAT DO BOB DYLAN AND LEONARD COHEN HAVE IN COMMON?

•November 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Question: What Do Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen Have in Common? Answer: Suzanne Sheridan

Westport – Yes, both men are songwriters; yes, they are both musical icons of the latter half of the 20th century; yes, both are standard-bearers for human rights; yes, they both had multiple life-partners. But what they solidly have in common is singer/performer Suzanne Sheridan. Few women have attempted to conquer the oeuvre of even one of these men much less both in the time frame of less than a month. But no one has ever accused Suzanne Sheridan of being timid in her approach to music.

On Friday November 17 from 6-8 PM, The Suzanne Sheridan Band will be performing the music of Leonard Cohen who died exactly one year ago. The concert will take place as part of the “Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s” series at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place in Westport.

Sheridan has actually been performing Cohen’s music (and Joni Mitchell’s music) since 2010. Those performances have taken place in the US and Australia and Canada. But when Cohen died, Sheridan felt compelled to keep his music alive and created a concert dedicated to him, which her incomparable band played to overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception in Canada just this past summer.

On Saturday December 9 from 8-10 PM, The Suzanne Sheridan Band will be performing the music of Bob Dylan at Voices Café at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

Sheridan first covered the music of Bob Dylan with her band at “Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s” on April 28 of this year. That concert was immediately sold out so a second concert was scheduled for May 12 and as soon as it was announced, that concert was also sold out. The following week, on May 20, the band took the Dylan concert to New Milford’s Merryall Performing Arts Center and that show was sold out.

On August 12 of this year, the band switched gears and took the Leonard show to Canada. Westporters were still hungry for Dylan and Voices Café scheduled the Dylan concert for December 9. The Westport Historical Society was hungry for the Cohen music and scheduled the concert for November 17. This is Sheridan’s Olympiad of the finest male songwriters of the last half of the 20th century and you can join her on this epic journey. She is up to it, her band is up to it, and hopefully you will be up to it. This chance may never come again.

To reserve tickets for the Leonard Cohen concert on November 17, call 203-222-1424. To reserve tickets for the Dylan concert on December 9, visit Voices Cafe or call David Vita at 203-227-7205 x 14.

OH! CANADA!!

•June 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

SATURDAY AUG. 12, 2017  OH CANADA!!

For the third year in the last five years, Suzanne Sheridan has been asked to perform at the glorious Piggery Theatre in the glorious Quebec lakeside resort of North Hatley. On August 12, 2017 The Suzanne Sheridan Band will be performing the music of Canada’s Leonard Cohen and until you hear Suzanne singing Leonard’s “I’m Your Man” you have not experienced one of life’s greatest moments. They love Leonard in Canada, they love Suzanne in Canada, you will love her singing his music. Joining Suzanne in this extraordinary show will be Bob Cooper on keyboards, Joe Meo on sax and clarinet, and Jake Habegger on drums. Suzanne is on vocals and guitar.
Join us by Lake Massawippi in North Hatley, Quebec for the summer’s best night.

SCHEDULE UPDATE

•May 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Suzanne Sheridan has found a new friend in Bob Dylan. Bob has never sounded so good and neither has Suzanne. The Bob Dylan Tribute Concert started on April 28, 2017 at the Westport Historical Society. That was sold out so the WHS added another concert date on May 12. That was sold out. Then on to the Merryall Center in New Milford to a packed house and they were an immediate hit with the audience and got invited back for the 2018 season. They are being courted by several other venues including the Trumbull Historical Society, the Stratford UU, Voices Cafe, and more to come.

July 24 is the date that Suzanne and Bob Cooper will be performing in concert at Meadow Ridge in Redding, CT; August 12 will find Suzanne and the band at The Piggery Theatre in Canada with the music of Leonard Cohen; September 15 they will be performing at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, CT.

We hope to see you at any or all of those performances. We do it all for you and we do it because we love the music.

NEW GIG AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE

•May 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Just got another gig at another great performing arts space. Friday September 15 I will be there with some very friendly musicians. The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown is one of my favorite places ever. I played there with Exit 43 and it is as perfect a place as you could find. Every town should have a Buttonwood Tree. It’s located in the middle of beautiful downtown Middletown, easy access from lower Fairfield County and restaurants galore. I will keep you updated but SAVE THE DATE! Friday SEPT. 15.

BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE CONCERT IN NEW MILFORD ON MAY 20

•May 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment


A Bob Dylan tribute concert will be the May 20 concert at the Merryall Center in New Milford. Following two sold-out concerts in Westport, The Suzanne Sheridan Band will be on stage at Merryall in tribute to the great American rock poet Bob Dylan on his selection for the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The concert will take place Saturday May 20 at 8 pm at the Merryall.

 

The Nobel Prize honored Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He is the first musician ever to win the award and the first American to win in the literature category since Toni Morrison won in 1993. The New York Times called it “perhaps the most radical choice in history stretching back to 1901″ when the first Nobels were awarded.

 

Over a career that has spanned more than five decades, Dylan has written songs in many genres, from folk, blues and country to rock, English folk, jazz and the Great American Songbook. In the 60’s, Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movements. Later, he composed beautiful love songs, such as “Make You Feel My Love,” first commercially released by Billy Joel in 1997 under the title “To Make You Feel My Love” before Dylan’s version appeared later that same year. It has since been covered by numerous performers and has proved to be a commercial success for recording artists such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry and Kelly Clarkson. Two covers of the song (one by Garth Brooks and one by Trisha Yearwood) were featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats. Dylan eventually released the song as a single.

 

“A lot of his songs are amazing,” Sheridan says, but she especially likes “To Make You Feel My Love” for the “sensitivity” displayed by it. Another of her favorites is “It Ain’t Me Babe,” which shows the cynical side of Dylan’s personality. His output has always been characterized by what Sheridan calls “telling the truth to power” and also by a “poetic spirituality.” Dylan’s list of accolades is a long one. In addition to the Nobel, he has received 11 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a special Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. He is also a member of several music halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sheridan will be covering the Dylan songs that capture “the essence of who Dylan is.” These most l will include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rollin’ Stone,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’, ” “I Shall Be Released,” “You Gotta Serve Somebody,” “Masters of War,” “Forever Young,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Just Like a Woman,” and “Hey Mr. Tambourine Man.” Sheridan might even take on an imitation of Dylan’s scratchy, high-pitched vocalizations.

Sheridan will be joined by musicians Bob Cooper on keyboard and organ; Colin Healy on harmonica, mandolin and fiddle; drummer Jake Habegger; and Paul Horton on lead guitar, a well-known Nashville studio musician.

This will be Sheridan’s first appearance at Merryall. She and Merryall artist Rob Brereton performed together in October 2016 at the Westport Historical Society’s very popular folk series, Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s. In addition to her Dylan concert, she and her band have done concerts featuring the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen (her personal favorites), Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Pete Seeger in addition to leading singer-songwriter circles. She has been to Australia and Canada with the Mitchell/Cohen show and has performed several times at Voices Café. Her concerts at Voices Café have proven to be their highest grossing concerts since the inception of the series, beating out such notables as Peter Yarrow and Cheryl Wheeler. It is time that the Merryall audience finds out whyl.

 

The Merryall Center is located at 8 Chapel Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776. There is parking available in the lot next to the Merryall Center and in the field across the street where the Merryall Chapel is located. The phone number is 860-354-7264

 

For tickets to Suzanne Sheridan and The “Bob Dylan Tribute Concert” click here: Sheridan/Dylan concert. The date is Saturday May 20 at 8 pm and tickets are $10. For further information on Suzanne Sheridan, visit her website at Suzanne Sheridan Music.

YOU AIN’T GOIN NOWHERE

•May 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The Suzanne Sheridan Band sold out the first Bob Dylan tribute concert on April 28 at the Westport Historical Society’s “Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s” so another date has been scheduled: Friday May 12 at 6 PM. Just call 203-222-1424 to reserve your seat for this amazing concert.

WHS TO HOST DYLAN TRIBUTE CONCERT

•March 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The Westport Historical Society’s next Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s with singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and guest musicians will pay tribute to American rock poet Bob Dylan on his selection for the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The concert will take place Friday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Society’s Sheffer Gallery.

 

The Nobel Prize honored Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He is the first musician ever to win the award and the first American to win in the literature category since Toni Morrison won in 1993. The New York Times called it “perhaps the most radical choice in history stretching back to 1901″ when the first Nobels were awarded.

 

Over a career that has spanned more than five decades, Dylan has written songs in many genres, from folk, blues and country to rock, English folk, jazz and the Great American Songbook. In the 60’s, Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movements. Later, he composed beautiful love songs, such as “Make You Feel My Love,” first commercially released by Billy Joel in 1997 under the title “To Make You Feel My Love” before Dylan’s version appeared later that same year. It has since been covered by numerous performers and has proved to be a commercial success for recording artists such as Adele, Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry and Kelly Clarkson. Two covers of the song (one by Garth Brooks and one by Trisha Yearwood) were featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Hope Floats. Dylan eventually released the song as a single.

 

“A lot of his songs are amazing,” Sheridan says, but she especially likes “Make You Feel My Love” for the “sensitivity” displayed by it. Another of her favorites is “It Ain’t Me Babe,” which shows the cynical side of Dylan’s personality. His output has always been characterized by what Sheridan calls “telling the truth to power” and also by a “poetic spirituality.” Dylan’s list of accolades is a long one. In addition to the Nobel, he has received 11 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a special Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. He is also a member of several music halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Sheridan will be covering the Dylan songs that “really appeal to me” and also capture “the essence of who Dylan is.” These most likely will include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rollin’ Stone,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’, ” “I Shall Be Released,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “Forever Young,” “Just Like a Woman” and “Hey Mr. Tambourine Man.” The Coffeehouse might even see Sheridan trying an imitation of Dylan’s scratchy, high-pitched vocalizations, she says.

Sheridan will be joined by musicians Bob Cooper on keyboard and organ; Colin Healy on harmonica, mandolin and fiddle; and drummer Jake Habegger. The fifth performer will be Paul Horton on lead guitar, a well-known Nashville studio musician.

Sheridan did her first Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s in 2012. She has done concerts featuring the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen (her personal favorites), Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Pete Seeger in addition to singer-songwriter circles.

 

The “Bob Dylan Tribute Concert” will be on Friday, April 28 from 6-8 pm at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall.  There is a $20 donation, which includes wine and light refreshments, and reservations are suggested: (203) 222-1424. For more information visit westporthistory.org.