Amy Fairchild, an award-winning singer and songwriter, is performing Friday, May 1, at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. The concert is the first co-production of the Playhouse and Vineyard radio station MVY 88.7, and will benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and Friends of MVY Radio. The Fruit Flies, the young Island duo of Charlotte Benjamin and Eli Berlow, will open the show.
Ms. Fairchild’s songs inhabit a folk-rock spectrum that contains the likes of Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Jenny Lewis, and Brandi Carlile, with touches of Lifehouse and Sarah McLachlan. Ms. Fairchild told The Times that the comparison to Sheryl Crow “is not a bad comparison, at all.”
She got her start in the Northampton area in the early 1990s. In 1997, Ms. Fairchild took off for New York, where she won the Lilith Fair Talent Competition in 1999, an event co-founded by Ms. McLachlan, and in 2001, took a top Kerrville Folk Festival prize, putting her in the company of past winners Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and Nancy Griffith.
The Boston-based Ms. Fairchild began studying classical piano at age 5, but will bring only her acoustic guitar and magnificent voice to the show. Barbara Dacey, director of worldwide programming for MVY, booked Ms. Fairchild for the show after hearing her latest record, a 2014 release titled Amy Fairchild, for which she won the 2015 Limelight Magazine’s singer-songwriter of the year award. The record, produced by Adam Steinberg and mixed by Paul Kolderie, is Ms. Fairchild’s fourth record, and the first since the well-received, multi-songwriter-award winning Mr. Heart, released on her own label in 2002.
Ms. Fairchild has a busy spring and summer performance schedule, and will be opening for country music star Lee Ann Womack at Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and music Club in Somerville on June 25.
In a phone call from California, where Ms. Fairchild was visiting family and performing, she told The Times, “I plan to play songs from my 2002 release, Mr. Heart, in addition to a healthy dose of tunes from the new record, and might even try out a few new ones.”
According to a press release from MVY, Ms. Fairchild’s show “is the first of what the folks at MVY Radio and the Vineyard Playhouse hope will be many collaborative concerts at the Playhouse.”
Amy Fairchild, with the Fruit Flies, at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church Street in Vineyard Haven, on Friday, May 1. Doors open at 7 pm. The performance is at 7:30. Tickets $12, at the door only.