Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series Presents Ali McGuirk

Thursday, July 25 • 7:00PM • Free

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to present the eighth show of the 2024 Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series featuring Vermont-based soul and blues singer, Ali McGuirk!

Blending classic soul power with a folk songwriter lyricism, Ali McGuirk has the rare ability to silence a room with just a few words of a song. With a voice that is raw and sultry and a style rooted in improvisation, her sets are a hypnotic and intimate journey.

On her Signature Sounds Recordings debut ’Til It’s Gone, McGuirk delivers a sublime set of songs that pairs her trademark soul sound with rootsy turns and raw rock ‘n’ roll detours. The album landed on the Boston Globe’s Top 50 Albums list for 2022. Consequence of Sound raved, “‘All Back’ feels like it could exist somewhere outside of space and time– it could be on a record in the background of a party in a 1970s bungalow, or it could be on your Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. Either way, it’s a great listen.”
McGuirk co-produced ‘Til It’s Gone with Jonah Tolchin (a star singer-songwriter in his own right) and a set of session legends: Little Feat guitarist/mandolinist Fred Tackett, organist Larry Goldings (James Taylor, Norah Jones), singer Valerie Pinkston (Ray Charles, Luther Vandross), percussionist Lenny Castro (Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder). They provided the astounding chops, but the true magic of the album comes from McGuirk’s singular voice as both singer and songwriter. The nine tracks run from intimate introspection to wider meditations on oppression and justice, from tough r&b and tender soul to big rock guitar and twangy folk. And McGuirk's voice – bold, buttery, spellbinding – carries each song to the next til they’re gone.
McGuirk currently divides her time between touring North America and Europe and crafting new compositions in her lakeside Vermont cottage. She has performed spellbinding sets at Boston Calling, Merlefest, Americanafest, and NPR’s Mountain Stage.

All Levitt AMP programs are free to the public. In 2024, we will also have a Kids Zone area as well as beer and wine sales onsite. Food partners will be announced as they become available.

The Levitt AMP Cumberland Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, which exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. It partners with communities to activate underused outdoor spaces, creating welcoming, inclusive destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life.

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors - Community Trust Foundation and Fairfield Inn - Cumberland, as well as Diamond sponsors, Faith, Hope, & Images and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Special thanks also to our financial partners, including the City of Cumberland, Allegany County, Frostburg State University and the Arts & Entertainment  District of Cumberland.

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