Moira Smiley sings at Ripton Coffee House

RIPTON — Smiley is a singer/composer who creates and performs new work for voices.  A musical polyglot, and vocal shape-shifter, her voice — and composing — are heard on feature films, BBC & PBS television programs, NPR, and on more than 60 albums. She accompanies herself with banjo, accordion, piano and percussive movement, and when she’s not leading her own group (moira smiley & VOCO) Smiley has toured with Indie artist tUnE-yArDs, Irish super-group, Solas, The Lomax Project and Billy Childs’ “Laura Nyro Re-Imagined.” She’s also toured with Paul Hillier’s Theater of Voices and KITKA.  
Recent solo performances include TED, Stravinsky’s ‘Les Noces’, the London Proms Festival, features on BBC Radio3, and ABC Australia’s Books & Arts programs. Her recordings feature spare, vocally driven collections of warped traditional songs, original polyphony and body percussion.  She is a well-known choral composer (recent commissions included for Los Angeles Master Chorale) and arranger, with millions of singers around the world singing her works.  In 2018, she released a solo album and choral songbook called “Unzip The Horizon.”   
The evening kicks off with open mic at 7:30 p.m. followed by the featured performance. General admission is $10; $15 if you’re feeling generous, and $3 for kids under 12. The Community Coffee House now has wheelchair accessible bathrooms thanks to recent renovations. Yea! 
To sign up for open mic contact (802) 388-9782 or [email protected]. For more info visit rcch.org.

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