FTC presents The Weepies and singer songwriters Shawn Colvin & Marc Cohn

Fairfield Theatre Company will host two shows at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk on Thursday and Friday, June 25 and 26.

On Thursday, June 25, at 8 p.m., husband and wife duo, The Weepies will perform. Singer/songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, both of whom had released solo material before banding together to form the folk-pop duo the Weepies, first met at one of Tannen’s shows in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the time, Tannen was touring in support of his debut record, Big Señorita. Mutual admirers of each other’s music, the two musicians started writing songs together, and soon the Weepies’ whimsical, acoustic-based sound took shape.

After releasing their third album, Hideaway, the husband and wife duo would put a hold on touring  only playing selected dates preferring instead to focus on raising their new son. But with a flurry of TV placements and commercial advertisements including Old Navy and Chase Bank, The Weepies music was never vanished from the public’s ear.

With their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, The Weepies have sold more than a million records, have over 17 million streams on Spotify, 20 million views on YouTube and over 100 TV/film syncs and now return to the stage for the first time since 2010’s, Be My Thrill.

Coming  to the Norwalk Concert Hall in support of their newest release Sirens, their first full-length release after Deb was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer back in 2013, Sirens shows a band at the height of its powers. While Deb underwent treatment, the band continued to write and record from their home studio in Iowa. With the couple unable to travel while Deb was in treatment, they invited guest musicians to record remotely wherever each musician happened to be, resulting in an unlikely superstar backing band. Players from across the spectrum jumped in, including: Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello), Gerry Leonard (David Bowie), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Oliver Kraus (Sia) and Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), as well as veteran Weepies compatriots Frank Lenz, Eli Thomson, Jon Flaugher, Meg Toohey, and Whynot Jansveld, plus a horn section from New Orleans.

Come see and hear for yourself the true power music has on the body and soul as the Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes the Weepies to perform for the first time in over five years and tour in in support this new masterpiece album that contains 14 original tracks, plus covers of Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” and a version of Irish balladeer Mark Geary’s “Volunteer.”

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin

But that was only night one and audiences should act quickly as the Fairfield Theatre Company presents two truly brilliant tunesmiths, in one unforgettable evening as they welcome two legendary Grammy award winning singers, Shawn Colvin & Marc Cohn to the Norwalk Town Hall on Friday, June 26, at 8 p.m.

Having sold out countless shows at StageOne over the past few years, these two Grammy award winning songwriters have been receiving accolades for decades for their songwriting ability.

As a storyteller, Shawn Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy and a searing sense of humor. Her spellbinding songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis told through clever lyrics, polished phrases and delicious sarcasm.

In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for her listeners. As a storyteller Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy and a searing sense of humor. In the 22 years since the release of her debut album Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released ten albums, maintained a nearly non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures and created a remarkable cannon of work.

With combined sales of her albums which have total more than 2.5 million copies in the US alone, Shawn Colvin continues to maintain a year-round touring schedule. Over the years Shawn has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Lyle Lovett and recently with Steve Earle.

Coming in support of her most recent album release, All Fall Down, her eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke, Colvin brings a night of classic gems and new hits to the Norwalk Concert Hall.  Recorded in Nashville, with a group of stellar musicians, the album features performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller and each song is deeply personal to Colvin, who describes All Fall Down as “an album about loss but also about redemption and resolution.”

And who else is better to accompany Colvin than the legendary songwriter and singer, Marc Cohn who combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. A natural storyteller, Cohn balances the exuberant with the poignant, and is able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.

Cohn’s career took off during the 90’s, with the recording of his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut disc, which yielded such classics in their own right as “Walking In Memphis,” “Silver Thunderbird,” and the lovely “True Companion”.

With a brand new single “The Coldest Corner In The World”  that was featured as the theme song for the feature length documentary Tree Man, fans of Cohns will feel as though they have been transported back in time, as this new song is reminiscent of the sound that turned this songwriter into a legendary Grammy award winner.   

So grab that marker, head over to your calendar and mark down “Must Not Miss” as you write in these two incredible nights of music coming to the Norwalk Concert Hall as the Fairfield Theatre Company continues to bring the best music to Fairfield County time and time again.

For The Weepies tickets, at $28-$48 in advance with a $5 member discount, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

For tickets to Shawn Colvin & Marc Cohn, at $35-$75 in advance, with a $10 member discount, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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