The band renowned for producing deeply moving and profoundly beautiful music, Hem is here. Buy Hem tickets and listen to the melodious voice and intoxicating melodies of a seamless band. The inidie folk band Hem originated from New York City in 1999. The members of the band include guitarist Gary Maurer, Drummer Mark Brotter, violinist Heather Zimmerman, banjo player Steve Curtis, pianist Dan Messe, bass guitarist George Rush, Bob Hoffnar on pedal steel and Sally Ellyson as lead vocals. The band has released four studio albums, three extended plays and several compilations.
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The first album of the band Rabbit Songs featured opening lines from many lullabies sung by Sally Ellyson for a friend’s infant son including the lullaby Blow The Moon Out. The album was widely acclaimed in the United States Press and received enthusiastic positive reviews and glowing praise. Grace, comfort, quiet persistence radiated from every song and the album was described as “effortlessly timeless appeal” by Allmusic.
The band released its second album Eveningland in late 2004 with Rounder Records. The album was filled with finally etched folk tunes adding orchestral texture that enhanced the song’s melancholy resonance. The album was another success for the band garnering fame not only in the United States but also overseas. Pitchfork Media and the international Media outlets like BBC gave positive reviews about the album. Their third album No Word From Tom was a flexible citified mix of country and folk. The band released its fourth album Funnel Cloud in 2006. The album was recorded with a 21-piece orchestra and the song Not California was featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”. The album takes on the themes of fear and innocence with songs of romantic longing and wistful reflection. Their fifth album Departure And Farewell with Waveland Records was released in April 2013 featuring Tourniquet that has a beautifully conceived and animated video.
Hem got a career breakthrough with the song Half-Acre in 2006. It was featured in a television commercial that increased the band’s popularity significantly making them known to millions of people. In 2007, the band received another career boost when they played for Boston Pops’ annual event Edgefest with Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. They also provided music for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a Public Theatre Production at the Delacorte Theatre in 2009.
With distinct and heartfelt voice and magical vocal cords of Sally Ellyson combined with perfect chords and notes, the band gives extra-ordinary performances wherever they go. They employ dynamics with hear-quickening shifts between quiet and forceful passages with a memorable foray. The Onion wrote about the Funnel Cloud that it keeps lead whisperer Sally Ellyson’s rich and dreamy simple melodies front and center while puffy clouds hover around while Paste ranked the album at 27 among Best Music of 2006. Washington post praised Sally writing that Hem’s central instrument is Sally Ellyson’s voice, whose immaculate clarity has no provision for twang.
Beside receiving positive reviews from critics and earning respectable fan base, the band also received a nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play for Drama Desk Awards in 2009-10. With the release of the new album Departure And Farewell, the band is touring extensively throughout the nation gaining fame and attracting listeners to their fascinating music. Buy cheap Hem tickets and enjoy the melodious and captivating music that goes straight to the heart and has touched millions of lives.
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