On Sunday, September 23, singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, former lead vocalist, lyricists, and sometimes pianist of alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs, will perform in the 1910 Barn hayloft. A conscientious voice in folk-pop for nearly four decades, Merchant’s performance is a benefit that will support education programming at Hancock Shaker Village.
Q called her “among the most compelling and distinct voices of the last decade,” while Vogue has said she is “one of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the Eighties intact and uncompromised.”
Merchant is more passionate than ever about environmental issues and social injustice – topics that permeate the lyrics of her vast music catalog. With 10,000 Maniacs, Merchant released six critically acclaimed studio albums. She left the band in 1993 – a year after the single These Are Days, written by Merchant and band member Robert Buck, became a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks list – and released her multi-platinum solo debut Tigerlily followed by the platinum Ophelia. In 2017, The Natalie Merchant Collection was released – a deluxe box set complied by Merchant, comprised of ten discs, including all eight of her solo studio albums released in the past three decades. A ninth disc, Butterfly, is a new studio set arranged for string quartet. The final disc is Rarities, a collection of fifteen previously unreleased tracks, which offers a unique perspective of Merchant’s innovative experimentation with diverse artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm. “Magnificent,” exclaims Mojo in a five-star review, “a definitive and absorbing celebration of an artist with a singular voice and vision.”
Merchant long career has encompassed many genres, musical approaches, and survived the digital age. She continues to work from a range of perspectives when writing and collaborating borrowing from classic poetry, children’s songs, Shakespearean sonnets, and folksong. “Merchant’s music is indie pop that’s reached maturity,” claims The Guardian.
VIP $200 (limited) SOLD OUT
Preferred seating, an autographed limited-edition poster, and post-concert meet and greet with Natalie
Preferred $125 (limited) SOLD OUT
Preferred seating and an autographed limited-edition poster
General admission: $60 SOLD OUT
All tickets include free early admission to the village to wander. (And the barn bar’s open, and Seeds Market Cafe will be open for dinner.)
The Hancock Shaker Village member discount is not valid on tickets purchases for this benefit event. Thank you for your support! Members truly do make our work possible.