Date(s) - Thu. Oct. 31, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lay Low Moon performs in the Cafe with Matt Minigell and Jessye DeSilva! This show is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PM.
More information on the musicians:
Matt Minigell is a Boston, Massachusetts-based songwriter, musician, and busker. His highly lyrical, emotive brand of folk music and whispery, fingerpicked playing style have been compared to artists such as Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, and Nick Drake. When he’s not on the road or in the studio, Matt can usually be found beneath the streets of Boston performing at one of the city’s many subway stations.
Matt burst onto the Boston music scene in 2007 at the age of thirteen as the songwriter and frontman for cheerful Punk trio Left Hand Blue, who released several albums and toured regionally before parting ways at Somerville’s Davis Square Theater in 2014.
In the years that followed, Matt went on to form and perform in various bands and projects, including Boston Noise-Rock ensemble Noisebreaker, comedian Alan Richardson’s macabre comedy duo, “A Very Sad Man,” Glam-Punk troupe EXIT ACADEMY, and the lovably dilapidated Powerpop band, Matt and the Lower Standards, whose final live show took place at legendary Rock club T.T. the Bear’s Place during the venue’s final operational week and shared a marquee with the likes of The Neighborhoods, The Pixies, and Evan Dando.
In addition to his own pursuits, Matt has worked extensively alongside Indie Folk legend Mary Lou Lord, writing songs and playing acoustic, electric, and bass guitar on sessions which would contribute to her 2015 L.P., Backstreet Angels. He can also be heard playing rhythm guitar on Rockabilly statesman Jittery Jack’s 2014 release, Gonna Have a Time, and contributed both as a songwriter and a session musician to Folk upstart Annabelle Lord-Patey’s debut release, Polaris, and as a songwriter on ex-Left Hand Blue bandmate Carissa Johnson’s Record Store Day exclusive release, Malice in Wonderland.
Today Matt is working steadily as a Folk artist, and tours regularly throughout the US and Canada. His latest self-produced release, Guts, is available through online music retailers worldwide. He is currently working on several followup albums in conjunction with 9 Athens Music.
Lay Low Moon is an Indie Folk collective built around the songs of Seán McKenna and is comprised of Seán and various friends around Boston, MA. The name Lay Low Moon was inspired by lyrics from the Beck song, “Guess I’m Doing Fine” — off of the album, Sea Change, a collection that inspired McKenna’s early songwriting. Their sound and songwriting have been compared to Mojave 3, Neil Young, The Essex Green and Jeffrey Gaines. In various forms, Lay Low Moon has performed at many of the well established venues around the Greater Boston area, including Club Passim, The Middle East and many others.
In 2015, a version of their song, “Thru & Thru” was featured on a compilation titled One Hundred Thousand Voices, with proceeds benefiting a great charity organization called ‘Active Minds,’ who’s mission is to provide mental health outreach on college campuses around the country.
Their first full length release, On This Day Last Year, produced by Daniel Radin of The Novel Ideas, was released in August of 2018, which offered a departure from the two EPs (respectively titled One Summer and One Winter) released four years prior.
Jessye DeSilva is a Boston-based singer/songwriter who is passionate about telling human stories through their music. Favoring a sound that lies somewhere between piano-driven alternative rock and country-tinged folk, Jessye’s music centers around the idea that it is through the sharing of one’s specific experience that listeners will see their own stories reflected back. Jason Scott of indie blog B-Sides and Badlands says, “DeSilva evokes a chest-ripping emotion that hovers inches above the ground, pouring forth the kind of wellspring folk music rarely witnesses.” As a nonbinary queer person growing up in the conservative church, they often felt isolated and different, however it was the vulnerability and resilience of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Stevie Nicks that reminded Jessye that they were not alone. The evolution of relationships, societal and religious alienation, the community of chosen family, and the healing of the biological family are among the recurring themes in Jessye’s work.