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Natalie Merchant to play Barbican

Natalie Merchant

Story by Jack Foley

TO coincide with the release of her new self-titled album, multi-platinum singer Natalie Merchant will perform two concerts at the Milton Court Concert Hall at the Barbican on May 10 and 11, 2014.

During her 30-year career Merchant has earned a place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating performer.

These concerts will showcase new songs as well as material drawn from her celebrated catalogue as a solo artist and with 10,000 Maniacs.

Due for release on May 5 through Nonesuch Records, the new album is Merchant’s sixth solo collection, and her first of entirely original songs in 13 years. She describes it as informed “by experience and keen observation,” dealing with issues of “love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph”.

These two concerts are part of a wider Nonesuch celebration at The Barbican, which will include a marathon weekend entitled Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records (May 17-18, 2014) and further one-off concerts and collaborations throughout May, featuring a breadth of artists associated with the label and in the spirit of it.

On May 18 Merchant will join Kronos Quartet and other Nonesuch artists for a concert of traditional and contemporary music collaborations.