Here’s how Suzzy Roche describes her career: “I began singing with my sisters when I was a kid. Eventually, we became The Roches, and we performed professionally for over thirty years. One day we were singing on the streets of New York City, and soon we were on stage in the clubs around Greenwich Village, and then a record deal. We’ve had a long career that has included surprising collaborations with other wonderful musicians, memorable shows, numerous recordings, and countless songs…it would be ridiculous for me not to include my most important biographical note, which is that I was blessed with a daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche, early in my career, and she is the joy of my life.”
So it’s fair to say that Lucy comes from a musical family. She’s the daughter of Suzzy and Loudon Wainwright III, and the half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright. The BBC, in a review of her 2007 debut album, Lucy, says that “she’s clearly inherited her father’s way with words and her mother’s quirky nonchalance,” and that instead of the family’s “extravagant flamboyance,” she adopts “a rather more coy, introspective, and wholly less brazen approach both in song and delivery.” Lucy has sung backup for Neko Case, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and performed a duet of an Elliot Smith song with the host of This American Life, Ira Glass. In her previous appearances at the Freight, she has held listeners spellbound with her charming stage presence, crystalline vocals, and refreshingly straightforward songs. She returns with a new solo album, There’s a Last Time for Everything, and an exquisite new album of duets with her mother, Fairytale and Myth, created in collaboration with the late Ron Morsberger. The website No Depression calls the mother-daughter album “ethereal and hauntingly beautiful,” and declares that it “poignantly captures the ragged ways that we all move between fantasy and reality.”
What more is there to say? This show should be a rare treat!