Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Brittany Ann Tranbaugh has invited colleagues Eliza Edens, who lives in Brooklyn, and Liv Greene, a Nashville artist, to join her for a trio of performances at Hansberry Garden & Nature Center on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 5 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, June 4 at the same time). Suggested cover is $10 – $15.
Hansberry Garden is delighted to host these three award-winning queer Americana musicians on the first weekend of Pride Month. Bring your hankies! — the words “poignant” and “heartbreaking” turn up consistently in descriptions of their work. For more about each artist, see the brief bios below this Spotify playlist with previews of their music.
Brittany Ann Tranbaugh (pronounced TRAN-baw) is a Philadelphia-based songwriter whose queer Americana heartbreaker “Kiss You” won Song of the Year in the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Tranbaugh has been writing songs and playing shows as a side gig since she was a teenager, but in February 2023, at 31 years old, she finally quit her office job to pursue a full-time career in music. Listeners can expect a self-titled EP produced by Grammy-winner Tyler Chester (Madison Cunningham) in the fall.
“Unassumingly charming with a velvety voice… she envelops a forlorn loneliness that’s at once poignant and crushing,” says American Songwriter of Liv Greene. Greene has been processing the world around her through writing songs since teaching herself her first guitar chords at 12. In school, Greene honed her skills at Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan and New England Conservatory in Boston, studying songwriting and contemporary improvisation. Now Nashville-based, Greene just finished up work on her second album, due out in the next year, collaborating with engineer Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch), and employing the help of talented friends like Jordan Tice, and Sarah Jarosz.
Born and raised in rural Massachusetts and currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Eliza Edens weaves together disparate influences of people and place into her work to create mesmerizing sonic tapestries with guitar and voice. With a love for tinkering with alternate tunings à la Nick Drake, a curious harmonic ear from years of childhood classical piano lessons, and an ever-expanding affinity for words and stories, Edens’ songs build a kaleidoscopic world that documents the parallels between hope and heartbreak. The resulting sound is a diverse palette of guitar-based, experimental folk-rock centered around Edens’ gently cradled voice and brimming at the edges with pockets of sonic whimsy.