Sloan Wainwright in Concert

What: Cornell Folk Song Club Concert
When: Saturday, October 5, 2002
Where: 165 McGraw Hall Hall,
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
How Much: $10 / usual discounts

Sloan Wainwright

The Wainwright family appears to have a thing for names. Sloan, if you don't know yet, is a she. With an older brother named Loudon Wainwright III and parents living in Westchester, what better could she have expected?

In spite of her less than deprived background, Sloan has has benefited from a variety of cultural and artistic influences. She emerged several years ago as an important element among today's singer-songwriters. Sure, her songs are introspective, as she explores love and loss and self-discovery. Her words can be both powerful and personal, and she has the touch that makes her songs mesmerizing and memorable.

Sloan began writing songs at the age of ten and hit the Greenwich Village folk scene as a teenager. Since then she has done a few conventional things, such as marrying her childhood sweetheart, having two children, and starting a successful business (a bakery). She never gave up writing songs through it all, and since 1990 has been appearing steadily on the music circuit.

Her voice has been called "thick as molasses" and "like nothing you have ever heard," and her melodies have been likened to "smoky, tantalizing aromas." After focusing on traditional folk acts for the last few semesters, the Cornell Folk Song Club thought Sloan Wainwright was an obvious and excellent choice to add a contemporary singer-songwriter to its schedule.

Tickets are available at Ithaca Guitar Works, Borealis Bookstore, and at the door. You may also order tickets online.

(John Henderson)

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