CEDAR CITY–One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best makes her Southern Utah debut Saturday night at Off The Cuff Improv Theatre in in Cedar City. Aireene Espiritu is a singer/songwriter playing mostly original songs on guitar and ukulele, accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music – a mix of stompin’, swayin’, and timeless Americana.
Jonny Whiteside of The Los Angeles Times wrote,“ Folk singer-songwriter Aireene Espiritu works in the elemental substance of vernacular American music with an uncanny ease. Whether blues, hillbilly, soul, folk or R&B (Espiritu) demonstrates masterly command of each. Her original compositions mix deft lyrical construction and classic form just as impressively…An authentic, authoritative vocalist and with distinctly sensitive manner of phrasing.”
Aireene Espiritu was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax’s field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles’ Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears.
Advance tickets are $12, and available at Groovacious Records in Cedar City, and online at otccomedy.com. Tickets at the door are $15. Doors open at 6:30 –concert begins at 7.
For further information call (435) 590 2590