It's Harmony Night at Martyrs'! Grab your ears and head down to Martyrs' for a night of good medicine. Beautiful opening set from Eugenia Elliott and Rob Newhouse from Charming Axe, followed by a new set of songs from Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots (Gerald Dowd, Dave Nelson, Alton Smith, with Josh Piet filling in for John Abbey), and a heartfelt closing set from Peter Joly Group (Jon Williams, Josh Piet, and Rachel Drew on harmony).
RACHEL DREW & THE BITTER ROOTS
Soulful Americana band, Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots, features Rachel's vocals with Alton Smith on piano, Gerald Dowd on drums, Dave Nelson on guitar, and John Abbey on bass. The band, and Rachel's songs, pay homage to mid-60s R&B, early-70s Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, and a bit of classic country. Whether inspired by dreams, family, or heartbreak, her songs have a haunted, aching quality. Rachel also performs with Tony Richards, Peter Joly Group, Phil Angotti, Great Moments in Vinyl, and more.
PETER JOLY GROUP
Buffalo-born troubadour/Chicago transplant since'93 (Big Breakfast, For Pilots), Peter's focus is as an Americana singer/songwriter. Check out his terrific 2016 self titled release. Peter Joly Group is Jon Williams on guitar, Josh Piet on bass, and very often harmony-singer Rachel Drew.
EUGENIA ELLIOTT AND ROB NEWHOUSE
A love of pure mountain-style harmonies is what brought Eugenia Elliott and Rob Newhouse together over a decade ago. They sing songs they love--traditional, contemporary and original tunes--spanning bluegrass, pop, country, and folk, with lush romantic ballads and lively toe-tappers. Newhouse (Guitarist/Vocalist) has played in many bands, including Chicago roots-pop favorite the Elvis Brothers. He left the bar band scene in 1998 and began teaching at Chicago's famous Old Town School of Folk Music. Since moving to Chicago in 1991 from the east coast, Eugenia Elliott has made her mark on the Chicago music scene in a wide variety of musical genres that include vocal jazz standards, bluegrass, old time country and popular contemporary music. You can hear her in local bands such as the Teflons, the Linda Marie Smith Band, the Melanie Budd band as well as on her own album of originals entitled 4000 Weeks.