Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Concert Previews

Mary Fahl, Saturday at the Tin Angel.
Mary Fahl, Saturday at the Tin Angel.


Mary Fahl


Twenty years ago this fall, art-pop band October Project released the self-titled debut that launched singer Mary Fahl's acclaimed yet somewhat uneven career. And more than 15 years after Fahl left the group - just as it was dropped by its label - she's still being marketed as its former lead singer, probably because more people heard her soaring, otherworldly alto during October Project's brief, major-label heyday than in the years since. That's a shame, too, because Fahl has done some incredible work since, including 2003's The Other Side of Time, which embraced pop, operatic, and Middle Eastern influences, as well as her recent reimagining of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. "Exiles (The Wolves of Midwinter)" - the first single from her album Love and Gravity, due out Feb. 11 - is getting some deserved attention as the audiobook theme for Anne Rice's The Wolves of Midwinter (which mentions the haunting, Fahl-fueled October Project tune "Take Me as I Am"). Performing solo with just a guitar, Fahl's goosebump-evoking vocals will undoubtedly be front and center Saturday, and fans can expect a mix of new material, a decade's worth of solo work, and some October Project classics.

- Nicole Pensiero


Mary Fahl, with Rachael Sage, performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. Tickets: $25. Information: 215-928-0770,

Jesse Winchester


 Esophageal cancer put Jesse Winchester's career on hold, but the longtime singer/songwriter has rebounded to resume touring and recording. Winchester, who appears at the Sellersville Theater on Wednesday, underwent radiation and chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free in 2011, but says in a recent e-mail: "My health is fine, although I've lost weight and tire easily." Since his self-titled debut album in 1970, Winchester, now 69, has blended folk, country, and blues, ranging from the playful "Rhumba Man" to the bittersweet romanticism of "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz." He also will be featuring songs from a forthcoming studio album, the follow-up to 2009's Love Filling Station. The CD will be released next year by West Chester-based Appleseed Recordings. Winchester and Mac McAnally of Jimmy Buffett's band recorded the album in Austin this year.


- Tom Wilks


Jesse Winchester, with Tracy Grammer, plays at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets: $21.50-$33. Information: 215-257-5808,


Black Uhuru / Mike Pinto


 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson formed Black Uhuru in 1972, but the reggae band's heyday came in the early 1980s, when the trio of Simpson, Michael Rose, and Puma Jones worked with the great rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on albums such as 1981's Red, which Rolling Stone ranked at No. 23 on its 100 best albums of the '80s, and 1984's Anthem, which won the first reggae album of the year Grammy. Since that group disintegrated in the late '80s, Simpson has been the group's only constant. He'll bring the current incarnation to World Cafe Live on Tuesday, with Philadelphia ex-pat Mike Pinto opening with his own blend of reggae and ska.



 - Steve Klinge


Black Uhuru and Mike Pinto perform 8 p.m. Tuesday at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets: $20; $22 day of show. Information: 215-222-1400,

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