Cafe Paradiso — Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.
Legion Arts CSPS Hall — Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
Mother and daughter duo Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche have tour stops in Iowa this week. — video still
Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche are, of course, well aware of the famous musical figures in their extended family. From The Roches, Suzzy’s vocal group with her sisters, to Lucy’s father Loudon Wainwright III and half-siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright — not to mention Lucy’s own solo efforts — there is plenty of musical firepower in the family.
But Suzzy says she and Lucy have something special. “We kind of grew up together in the little one room apartment in Greenwich Village,” she says. “We have our own special kernel within the kernel of the family.”
The duo will appear at CSPS Hall in a concert presented by Legion Arts on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance or $21 at the door. They also have a show in Fairfield at Cafe Paradiso on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20.
The pair are out in support of their second record, Mud & Apples, a beautiful collection of original songs and covers that features rich harmonies and sensitive readings of songs both new and familiar. The familiar songs include The Eagles’ “Desperado,” Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bleecker Street,” among others. Lucy acknowledges that such iconic songs can be risky to cover.
“We decided to jump in and cover songs that really shouldn’t be covered — that it would be ill-advised to cover,” she says.
Suzzy says revisiting classic songs can be a revelation for artists and listeners. “When you hear someone do a really popular song,” she says, “you listen to it in a new way. We do like to do songs that people know mixed in with our own.”
The album includes four songs by Suzzy and one — the title track — by Lucy. Their CSPS concert will likely include those songs as well as numbers from their first record, Fairytale and Myth. And they’ll dip into their personal catalogs, as well.
“We do some of my solo songs that we’ve worked up together,” Lucy says, “and some of Mom’s we’ve worked up together.”
They have a lot of music to choose from. “There are so many songs, we’d have to lock the audience in the room to do them all.”
There’s a good chance their fans wouldn’t mind a bit.