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snarky yet melancholy folk-pop poetry

Rachel Marie

EPK

Short Bio

Rachel Marie follows in a tradition of unapologetically forthright women folksingers, with songs that hearken to "overstuffed lines of Tori Amos, philosophical turn of Indigo Girls, and lilting vocals like Joni Mitchell." The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs keeps audiences charmed.

Long Bio

Rachel Marie follows in a tradition of unapologetically forthright women folksingers, with songs that hearken to "overstuffed lines of Tori Amos, philosophical turn of Indigo Girls, and lilting vocals like Joni Mitchell." The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. Rachel takes a straightforward and honest approach to songwriting in an effort to foster genuine human connection and encourage empathy through music. Passion for using the power of her voice to shed light on injustice gives rise to poignant poetic statements on subjects from heartbreak and death to police brutality and immigration. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs keeps audiences charmed. 

Boston-based and Pennsylvania-raised, Rachel has played at prestigious folk venues including the me&thee (MA), Club Passim (MA), the Burren (MA), and Godfrey Daniels (PA). Rachel's latest full-length album, False Foundations, was released in May 2018. 

Emergency Champagne || Rachel Marie (Original Song)
03:51
Light of Mine – Rachel Marie || NESR 2022
05:12
Rachel Marie "Strange Reunions"
04:30
Rachel Marie - Not Okay
Rachel Marie - From Where I Still Am | Sofar Worcester
02:57
Let Me Bee (Live at the Burren Backroom)
02:49
Rachel Marie – Not Okay (Official Video)
04:29

Testimonials

Rachel Marie's music manifests the purity of her voice and her spirit.  Her songs are touching and profound and her rapport with the audience immediately makes one feel as though you have known her for a long time..  

Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Music Curator, Writer, Presenter, Harbortown Music (Marblehead, MA)

Rachel's stories and finger style guitar playing create song-scapes rather than just your average tune. Melody and harmony are prevalent, but the experience is what you go home with. Add in a brilliantly woven, genuine and sometimes silly banter and Rachel’s unique show will stay with you a long time.
Tom Bianchi, 24 Hour Music, LLC

"Rachel has an open and positive energy that shines through every interaction. Her message boils down to, "we are all human beings, with all that entails, but it is going to be okay anyway." In her performance, Rachel collaborates with the audience to break down any vestige of fourth wall that might creep into the performance setting. We had a magical evening with Rachel."

Eric Lund, Presenter, The Greenhouse (Lakeville, MN)

Rachel Marie's music is refreshing, poetic, and pointed. Often powerful, her songs also reveal an underlying sense of humor and an insightful perspective through both lyrics and melody. In a live setting, her passion for performance shines through. Rachel connects with her listeners through a magically complementary mix of music and message. Her album There is Love is a terrific collection of songs: all well worth a listen or three.
Nick Noble, host of THE FOLK REVIVAL on WICN (Worcester Public Radio)

I definitely heard some of the feminist singer songwriters that I grew up listening to in [False Foundations] – Overstuffed lines of Tori Amos, philosophical turn of Indigo Girls, lilting vocals like Joni Mitchell.
Victoria Farmer, The Christian Humanist Podcast

Press

"It's a real honor to premiere the video for Rachel Marie's song, "Not Okay," which features many of the "false foundations" that her fans sent her. The video perfectly complements the song, underscoring the need for community and people with whom it's okay to not be okay."

Ken Templeton, Red Line Roots

Past Performances

Artists

Split bills with:

Ash & Eric

Melanie Brulée

Julia Crafton

John Elliott

Dave Fry

Lex Land

Kim Moberg

Grace Morrison

Prateek

Tom Smith

Opened for:

Antje Duvekot

The Kennedys

Goodnight Moonshine

Heather Pierson Trio

Geneviève Racette

Lucy Wainwright Roche

Cheryl Wheeler

Christopher Williams

Venues

Massachusetts 
The Burren Backroom Series 
Club Passim

Lizard Lounge
The me&thee  

Off the Common Coffeehouse
Old Sloop Presents
One Broadway Collaborative
South Shore Folk Music Club 

 
New Jersey
Fanwood Performance Series
The Troubadour (Folk Project)
More Barn Studios


Pennsylvania
Creativity Commons, SteelStacks
Godfrey Daniels

House Concerts

Private House Concerts in:

New Haven, CT; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Lakeville, MN; Philadelphia, PA;  Milwaukee, WI

Festivals

Massachusetts

Club Passim campfire. festival

New Jersey

Black Potatoe Festival
Folk Project Acoustic Getaway,

New Jersey Folk Festival

New York
Falcon Ridge Lounge Stage

Pennsylvania

Muses at the Ice House

Musikfest
PrideFest (Pittsburgh)