Songs: unknown* + Phoebe Woolley
Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (Quiet Quiet Annex Lights concert series), April 22, 2016.
A packed house filled the Tranzac's back hall with a crowd eager to see outsider folk legend Michael Hurley make his Toronto debut. This was the capstone of a series put together by Invocation's Jay Pollard, bringing some modern folk icons to town and mixing them well with local musicians. Simone Schmidt got the call for this one, and took the stage as the night's headliner would, alone with a guitar, sharing songs and stories with the crowd. The latter one here (from the project's forthcoming sophomore album) is another account from the files of the Rockwood asylum, telling the story of a woman institutionalized for the "delusion" of daring to believe she should be entitled to inherit her father's farm — once again showing Schmidt's gift for giving a voice to the voiceless.
* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!