Local Vocals at Katharine Cornell boasts Martha’s Vineyard talent

Lynn Christoffers

Island singers and songwriters Tristan Israel and Nancy Jephcote take the stage this Friday, Nov. 9, for a Local Vocals Concert at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

Mr. Israel’s songwriting brings to mind the best of the 60s folk revival but with a contemporary twist. His up-tempo songs, sung with grit, are well enhanced by energetic bass playing, violin, and percussion. Mr. Israel’s CD, “The Sound After the Flash,” was released this September to accolades from old fans and new. It will be available at the concert as will Nancy Jephcote’s album, “Garland of Rain.”

Those who have not yet heard Ms. Jephcote turn out a vocal performance may be surprised to discover that her songwriting is not in the country style often associated with fiddle playing, for which she is more widely known. These songs, in a modern folk/pop style, are by turns insightful and emotional. Three-part vocal harmony from Paul Thurlow and Brian Weiland contributes to the flavor as do both of their multi-instrumental back-ups.

“We want to keep the concert affordable,” said Mr. Israel, in a press release. Ms. Jephcote continued, “It’s that cozy time of year. We hope to get people off their sofas and computer screens to share local music in good company.”

Doors open at 7:15 pm. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for children.