PFS Presents Zoe
PFS Presents Zoe Mulford
Saturday, January 4, 2019
Doors 7:30pm | Music 8pm
$10 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $12 Not-Yet-Members | $15 Doors
About Zoe Mulford
Zoe Mulford is becoming best known as the writer of “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” which Joan Baez covered on her album “Whistle Down the Wind” in 2018. An American songwriter now living in the north of England, Zoe backs her clear voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo to deliver powerful, evocative songs that draw on the traditional music of the US and the British Isles to make sense of the modern world.
“supremely evocative and sometimes cheekily humorous” – fRoots Magazine
Zoe grew up just outside Philadelphia, in Swarthmore. She took up the guitar and fell in love with the banjo during a twelve-year stint in Durham, North Carolina. Four years in Washington, DC introduced her to the community of contemporary songwriters, including the Azalea City Recordings cooperative. In 2006, she moved to the north of England. She now divides her time between Pennsylvania and Manchester, UK and tours on both sides of the Atlantic.
“The President Sang Amazing Grace” first appeared on Zoe’s 2017 album “Small Brown Birds” (Folk-DJ #1 Album, February 2017 and #4 Album of the Year.) Joan Baez heard the song on KPFA while driving near her home in California.
“It’s an amazing little tune,” said Baez in an interview on NPR News. “When I first heard it, I had to pull the car over, because I started crying. And then for the first two weeks of trying to figure it out on the guitar, I kept crying. I was afraid that when I got in the studio, it wouldn’t be over. But I went into the studio, and then I just looked at the musicians and I said, “Let’s go to church.”
Thoroughly engaging as a solo performer, Zoe has also collaborated onstage with performers as diverse as slide guitarist Pat Wictor, saxophonist Brad Yoder, and English fiddler Tom Kitching.
Other artists who have performed Zoe’s work include Rhiannon Giddens (in a very early recording with the Irish band Gaelwynd), the Kronos Quartet, and John Roberts & Tony Barrand in their “Nowell Sing We Clear” Christmas review. She is a past Kerville Newfolk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist and has had work published in Sing Out! Magazine.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST