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A Special Evening with Lyricist & Composer Crys Matthews (Indie/Folk)

March 31, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

EC-CHAP Acoustic Series: A Special Evening with Lyricist and Composer Crys Matthews. (Indie / Folk)

Doors open 7:00pm / Show starts 7:30pm

The Packing House – 156 River Road, Willington CT

Ticket Price: $25 advance online (link above) or $30 cash at the door.

Prolific lyricist, composer, and performing artist Crys Matthews is coming to The Packing House! Crys’ debut performance in this intimate setting will confirm the truth of her words and power in her messages. From her home in Washington DC to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Crys Matthews is on a trajectory for national recognition. This is a performance not to miss!

Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August 2019, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists in the year’s New Song Music Competition and, after performing at Lincoln Center on November 30th she was named grand-prize winner. Matthews also won the People Music Network’s Social Just Songs contest at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland.

Matthews has quickly gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as The Birchmere, The Hamilton, and Jammin’ Java. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included BMI’s Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.

A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.

Tickets are available now for this special evening with singer-songwriter Crys Matthews. Tickets $25.00 in advance online or $30.00 at the door. This program is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance.

Soft drinks and snacks available. The Packing House is a BYOB&F venue (Bring Your Own Beverage & Food – wine and beer only, ID required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase.

For more information, please visit www.thepackinghouse.us/upcoming or call 518-791-9474.



The Packing House
156 River Road
Willington, CT 06279 United States
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(518) 791-9474
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March 31, 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
$25 – $30
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Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance
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