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Tickets on sale for July 26 Strand appearance

‘A Summer Evening with Natalie Merchant’

Apr 12, 2019
Photo by: Jacob Blickenstaff Natalie Merchant

ROCKLAND — Natalie Merchant’s summer tour of intimate venues across the Northeast comes to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., on Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at $65 for general admission.

For “A Summer Evening with Natalie Merchant,” she will be joined by her longtime guitarist Erik Della Penna, with whom she has been playing for two decades; they will perform material from the past 35 years of Merchant’s career. Most of the tour dates are in towns Merchant has never played before, chosen specifically by the singer/songwriter herself.

“I’ve reached a point of wanting unique experiences on tour, of not settling for the predictable routing and venues,” Merchant said. “Last July, Erik and I had a very pleasant experience touring the United Kingdom as an acoustic duo. This summer, we’ve decided to do a tour of the northeast US following the same format, steering clear of big cities and playing unique and intimate venues in small, picturesque towns. We're looking forward to seeing the rocky coast of Maine, the green rolling hills of Vermont, the historic village squares and white steepled churches of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. I imagine we will meet many locals and visitors seeking the same sort of experience that we are and I expect the audiences and the settings will inspire us.”

Q magazine has called Natalie Merchant “among the most compelling and distinctive voices of the last decade,” while Vogue has said she is “one of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the Eighties intact and uncompromised.”

Her career began in 1981 when, as a college student, she joined the seminal alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs, which signed to Elektra Records in 1984. As lead vocalist, lyricist and sometimes pianist, Merchant released six critically-acclaimed studio albums with the band. She left the group in 1993, and in 1995 released her multi-platinum solo debut, "Tigerlily," followed by the platinum "Ophelia" (1998) and "Motherland" (2001).  In 2003 she independently released an album of traditional and contemporary folk music, "The House Carpenter’s Daughter." More solo albums followed in 2010, 2014 and 2015; and in 2017 Nonesuch Records released "The Natalie Merchant Collection," a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Merchant, as well as a new studio set; a disc of rare and previously unreleased tracks; and a lyric book and pictorial history of her solo career. Merchant also remains dedicated to a wide array of social justice and environmental causes.

The Strand lobby and balcony bars will be open for age 21 and older. For more information, visit, call (207) 594-0070 ext. 3 or email For more information on the tour, visit or click here.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or

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