Beth Amsel, one of the most stunning talents on the contemporary folk scene, will make an appearance at the Cath Coffeehouse on Monday, Sept. 20. Amsel is known not only for her angelic voice and accomplished guitar work but also for being one of the most versatile performers in the genre.
Drawing influences from across the musical spectrum — she claims both Led Zeppelin and Willie Nelson as inspiration — Amsel’s music combines country, pop, folk and blues in an endearing way.
Her voice has the consistency of molasses but can hit a higher range with ease. Her songwriting addresses the typical subjects — love lost and found, desire, ambivalence — but does so with an unusual panache and style.
To this writer, she’s reminiscent of a young Ani DiFranco not so much musically but in attitude, strength and exceptional skill. Featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Amsel is beloved in her native New England and has been nominated for a Boston Music Award. Her live show is said to combine her pointed songs with humor verging on the bawdy.
The show will start at 7 p.m. with local songstress Stasia Demos opening the evening of entertainment. Call Cath at 251-2677 for more information on the show.