For quite a few years now, Flying Cat Music has quietly been bringing a special class of folk talent – both Americana and world – into the small-but-acoustically-and-visually-stunning space at the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia. The room tends to be not only packed, but also attentive in that endangered listening-room way. Flying Cat has conditioned its audience to be all ears, and has rewarded it with some great material to feast on. It has become one of the region’s premier listening-room experiences.
Up next for Flying Cat is the poignant, often-devastating singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier. “Jagged edges, broken parts,” begins her song “False from True.” The line introduces a quietly brutal story of estrangement and loss on a remarkable album of same (2014’s Trouble & Love), but it might as well serve as the writer’s declaration of artistic purpose and the quarry of subjects that has sustained her career across ten consistent releases: damaged, lost and suffering people treated with surgically fine candor and with unforced compassion in a voice that is itself jagged edges and broken parts.
Mary Gauthier returns to the Empire State Railway Museum on Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $23 at the door or $20 with an advance RSVP. This is an intimate venue with seating for approximately 50 guests. Seats can be reserved by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Flying Cat Music at (845) 688-9453. RSVPs must be received by 5 p.m. on the day of the show in order to confirm seat availability.
The Empire State Railway Museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia. For more information, visit https://flyingcatmusic.com.