snarky yet melancholy folk-pop poetry
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.
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.
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.... like you're part of her tribe.
Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Booking Manager, me&thee
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 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
"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
Club Passim campfire. festival, Cambridge
Black Potatoe Festival, Clinton
Folk Project Acoustic Getaway, Hackettstown
New Jersey Folk Festival, New Brunswick
Falcon Ridge Lounge Stage, Hillsdale
Private House Concerts in:
New Haven, CT; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Milwaukee, WI
The Burren Backroom Series, Somerville
Club Passim, Cambridge
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge
The me&thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead
Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater
Sofar Sounds, Worcester
South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury
Fanwood Performance Series, Fanwood
The Minstrel, Morristown
Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme, Succasunna
Creativity Commons, SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem
Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg
The Mediator Stage, Providence
Newport to Nashville, Newport
Split bills with:
The Promise is Hope