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Lucy Wainwright Roche & Gary Stewart - July 10 2009

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"Lucy is the 27-year-old daughter of the singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche of the Roches.

Her half-brother is the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, her half-sister is singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright and her stepmother was the Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle of the McGarrigle Sisters. That's a lot of singer-songwriters for one family.

"It never ends," Lucy laughed. "It goes on and on."

With two promising EPs to her credit that got rave reviews from the New York Times and National Public Radio, Lucy is the second generation of her family in the music business and a fast-rising newcomer on the indie-folk scene. She comes to music a great deal later than her brother and sister, beginning her career after teaching second and third grade for three years in New York.

After her parents split up when she was 2, Lucy spent weekends and summers away from her Greenwich Village home, going on the road with her mother and aunts, who perform together in the sister group the Roches. "I loved that," she recalled. "I was really, really into it. Hanging out with my mom and my aunts when I was a kid was like a traveling circus with all the people I liked the best. It was my favorite thing to do."

Be that as it may, when she graduated from high school she went off to Oberlin College in Ohio to become a teacher rather than the next in the long line of singer-songwriters in the family. With most kids, becoming a musician rather than going to college is a form of rebellion. Coming from her family, it was the other way around.

"With a family like mine, everyone wondered why I was going to school," she snickered. "But music was such a huge part of my life that when I went off to school I didn't really think I needed to do it, too, since I was around it all the time. Then when I got further into my own life I realized that it wasn't in my life as much anymore, that music was their life and not mine. That's when I started to miss it. And that's how I came back to it."

That happened four years ago, when she agreed to go on tour with her flamboyant brother Rufus as a backup singer. "I think he could see in me that I was aching to do it," she said. "He pushed me over the edge when he asked me to go on the road with him. And, sure enough, I didn't want to go back to my teaching job after that."

She had to go back, for one more year, but since then she's hit the ground running, touring with Dar Williams, Neko Case, Mary Gauthier and, most unexpectedly for her, Loudon Wainwright III, her father."

[from an interview - March 2009]


support on the evening was from Gary Stewart (Leeds).