"Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine are a sensory treat in concert. They blend folk
tradition with Terry's contemporary songs of the human condition in outstanding
harmony."-Diane Crowe, Mt. Toby Concerts
"Terry Kitchen's songs deftly reveal the human heart in all its grace and
contradictions. When he and Mara Levine join their voices, the result is simply
beautiful."-Si Kahn, singer, songwriter, playwright, activist
"Singer songwriter Terry Kitchen from Boston, together with Mara Levine,
rendered a superb performance at The Borderline Folk Club. Terry writes some
brilliant lyrics and melodies which reflect his inner feelings of love for his
fellow human beings. His songs convey a feeling of inner peace to the listener.
Mara Levine's soothing alto voice, reminiscent of Judy Collins, adds a totally
new dimension to the performance and elevates it a notch above excellence.
Her very stage presence brings a breath of fresh air to the venue. Together they
blend like honey and velvet."-Sol Zeller, President, The Borderline Folk Music
In 2008, award-winning Boston-based singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen had a gig in his home state of New Jersey, where he heard Mara Levine sing harmony with each of the other two acts. Kitchen was both impressed and jealous, and told her how much he enjoyed her performance. She promptly offered to back him up next time he was in the area. After a warm up set at the Minstrel Coffeehouse's open mic, they debuted together in April 2008 at the People's Voice Cafe in NYC. They have since performed as a duo at venues including the Rockwood Music Hall, Godfrey Daniels, the Borderline Folk Club, and the Place and Musical Lairs house concerts, and they have released a duo EP, appeared on each other's solo CDs, and are planning a full length duo CD.
Called "one of New England's best songwriters" by The Boston Globe, Terry Kitchen creates songs that are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. His 2017 CD The Quiet Places reached #22 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart, with its lead track "Enjoy It While It Lasts" reaching #8 on the song chart. The Quiet Places follows 2015's The Post-American Century, which reached #19 on Folk-DJ, and was nominated for Best Solo CD in Limelight Magazine's 2015 Readers' Poll. Kitchen's songs have won the USA Songwriting Competition and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and been runner up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His previous CDs include Summer to Snowflakes (2009), Heaven Here on Earth (2007), that's how it used to be (2004), Right Now (2002), blues for cain & abel (1999), blanket (1997), and I Own This Town (1995). Terry has performed at folk clubs across the U.S. and Canada including Club Passim, the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Cafe Lena and the Bluebird Cafe, and at festivals including the Falcon Ridge, Telluride, Solarfest and South Florida folk festivals. His 2013 novel Next Big Thing, based on his experiences with the Boston band Loose Ties in the 1980s, was called "a great debut novel" by the San Francisco Book Review.
Mara Levine, called "one of the best singers of her generation" by Christine Lavin, has been creating beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years. Her second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013. The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a '60s folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo. Mara was nominated by Ron Olesko in 2009 for the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014.
Her debut CD Mara's Gems (a reference to both her music and her jewelry making) was #52 on Folk-DJ's 2009 annual countdown. Since then Mara has had two #1 songs on Folk-DJ, her version of Bob Franke's "Straw Against the Chill" with Joe Jencks and her arrangement of Paul Simon's "Leaves That Are Green" featuring Gathering Time. Mara also has provided vocals for recordings by Spook Handy, Dan Schatz, Terry Rivel, Terry Kitchen , Bob Wright and Jim Indell.
In addition to performing with Terry, Mara performs as a duo with Caroline Cutroneo, shares bills with Gathering Time, and sings harmony for a number of groups and musicians. She has performed at venues across the United States including Swallow Hill in Denver, WFMT Folkstage in Chicago, Sunday Afternoon Live(Raymond Washington), the Good Coffeehouse(NY), the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club(NJ), the Franklin House Concerts(MA) and festivals including The South Florida Folk Festival, the Folk Project Festival, The Great South Bay Music Festival, the Highlands Bluegrass festival, Wilmington Wintergrass festival, and the Crossroads Folk Festival.
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