PRESQUE ISLE – The rising folk star whose “provocative, dark-eyed ballads are becoming the talk of the folk world,” according to The Boston Globe, is returning to Presque Isle for a one-night performance.
Antje Duvekot will appear at the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Wieden Auditorium at 7:30 tonight.
Duvekot made her debut at Wieden last year when she served as the opening act for folk singer and northern Maine native Ellis Paul.
Paul has called the German-American songwriter – who has been rising to the top of the Boston folk scene in the last year – “the next great American folk singer-songwriter.”
In late September, Duvekot won the Outstanding Folk Artist award at the 2006 Boston Music Awards. This summer, she won the coveted Kerrville [Texas] Best New Folk award, which is given to the nation’s top singer-songwriters.
In November, Duvekot will serve as the sole musical performer at the Boston Choice Awards, the largest awards show in New England where the top names in arts, entertainment, travel and tourism are honored.
Duvekot was born in Heidelberg, Germany, but moved stateside at the age of 13. Music, she has said, was her lifeboat. She found the folk music scene and never looked back.
It was really the Irish supergroup Solas that set her career in motion. When the international group put out a CD of covers by contemporary songwriters, including Duvekot, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, Billboard magazine called Duvekot’s work the clear highlight.
She since has released her third CD, the 2006 “Big Dream Boulevard,” on Black Wolf Records.
Concert tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Carol Ayoob at 768-9462 or visit www.antjeduvekot.com.