Minnesotan singer/songwriter Rachael Kilgour will be featured at Me&Thee Music on Friday, April 7, to kick off the venue’s spring season of live music.
Me&Thee Music is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization now in its 53rd season at the UU Church, 28 Mugford St. in Marblehead.
Kilgour’s plain-spoken, lyric-driven work and intimate performances have endeared her to listeners, other artists, and LGBTQ communities across the country. She is the 2015 grand prize winner of the International NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest. Kilgour has also been featured at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at the Sundance Film Festival.
Married in her early twenties, Kilgour devoted her young adulthood to parenting her stepchild and building family and community. Her work from that time — Self-Titled, Will You Marry Me?, Whistleblower’s Manifesto — chronicled her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and addressed sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy.
Later, Kilgour followed up with the release of her EP, Game Changer. The aptly titled work examines the complicated nature of romance and relationship with a stunning defense of queer love, while at the same time examining her priorities as a citizen of an ever-changing world. Rolling Stone magazine chose Kilgour’s “Holy Are We” as one of the 10 best Americana songs.
Kilgour was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2020 to focus on a songwriting project about the life and recent death of her father. The delicately crafted songs, which explore identity, inheritance, and grief in the wake of a parent’s death, will become her newest album to be released later this year.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students and children. Locally, tickets are available at Arnould’s Gallery on Washington Street. Online info and No-Fee Tickets can be found at meandthee.org. No phone orders will be accepted and no other ticket websites are authorized.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the music begins shortly after 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.