Words of local musician inspire visual creations in Hillsborough gallery

From Feb. 20 to March 24, the 21 artists in the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will be paying homage to Hillsborough singer-songwriter Mary Rocap with visual interpretations of her work.


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CD: Indian Summer Home: Cedar Grove, North Carolina Style: Folk Quote: "Simple arrangements of guitar, vocals, bass, percussion, fiddle, pennywhistle and concertina accent this lovely album of stellar writing as well as four traditional songs."By Jamie Anderson With her traditional folk sounding ballads, you’ll swear she’s Gillian Welch’s long lost sister. Simple arrangements of guitar, vocals, bass, percussion, fiddle, pennywhistle and concertina accent this lovely album of stellar writing as well as four traditional songs. Her plain but warm voice with a slight trill is perfect for her portraits of dreams, everyday life and spirituality. Joining her on several songs are her daughters and nieces, a group she calls her angel singers.“Corner Market” is crisp with vivid images of childhood wanderings to the local store where she’s afraid of the storekeeper but happy to go, especially if she sees the train and gets him to “make the whistle whine.” The guitars on the title cut shimmer like the weather. A solo pennywhistle takes the break and comes back later to do an ethereal duet. “Grasshopper’s Lullaby” is a pretty ballad in three quarter time that she wrote for her daughters. The traditional tunes fit in well with her originals. I especially like “Never Grow Old” because it has a pleasant singalong feel, thanks to the Angel Singers. “Stand Up on the Mountain” is a hymn with a great talking vocal that really adds an emotional feel. Another song on the same theme is “Hallelujah,” but this one has a solid gospel piano at its center. She calls “Cassiopeia” a loose telling of the myth. The compelling lyrics are dark and haunting, leaving you with questions about this sad stranger. It’s based on a dream as is “Flamingos” but this one is lighter. After a big storm, she finds a flock of flamingos in the yard and makes a wreath from their feathers as a reminder of how they brightened a drab day.Some of the most impressive lyrics are found in “Orion,” a perfect match for music by Thomas Moore:Orion was out at midnightShooting arrows at the moonWas he trying to play Cupid?Amid bright stars he loomedI hid below in darknessAs the arrows they missed their markAnd like meteors they fellAnd one, it pierced my heart ... It sounds like an old fashioned ballad your grandmother might have enjoyed – one that doesn’t dull with age. Beautiful.Don't miss the charming duet of "Why Oh Why" by Woody Guthrie that she does with her (then) six year old daughter. It's the bonus track at the end that's not listed in the credits.While the arrangements are lovely and suit the songs well, I long for a spirited fiddle or a more aggressive guitar to add some variety to what is a laid back mix of songs. Still, if you like traditional folk rich with imagery, you’ll want this album. You won’t have to wait for an Indian Summer.” - Jamie Anderson


NOW HEAR THIS Mary Rocap / "Indian Summer Singer/guitarist Mary Rocap's second CD is an amiable collection of self-penned songs (plus two traditional gospel songs). Listening to this CD is a pleasant, peaceful experience-this is not something to listen to while watching football or roller derby. definitely meant to be listened to in a quiet spot where the visual imagery and the gentle music can be enjoyed. Although Rocap's style could be considered folk, the musicianship on her CD dresses up her tunes and provides a smart, sophisticated backdrop.” - patricia A murray

— The Durham Skywriter, January 2006

Lise Uyanik and the Mobile City Band, Stella, The ArtsCenter Just a year away from celebrating their 30th year of combining rock and soul in the Triangle, Lise Uyanik & the Mobile City Band officially disbanded in 1984 but never really stopped playing. And, while coming together for occasional gigs, the members of a band named for a Morrisville trailer park have created a side story of good citizenship that includes founding Wellspring Grocery, Somethyme Restaurant and the Music Loft. That's strong proof of creative class benefits, long before politicians were debating Richard Florida's buzzwords, huh? Tonight's for dancing. $15/ 8:30 p.m. —GC” - Grayson Currin

Independent Weekly

Mary is new to The Grove and relatively unknown in the folk music world - but that's all about to change! She comes from North Carolina with wonderfully crafted songs and sincere, honest delivery. You can tell 'me you heard her here first!”

— Oak Grove Folk Music Festival Program