7 October 2016
The Young Novelists & Anthony da Costa
A fantastic double bill featuring two young acts that will make your heart happy and feel that the torch has been passed to the next generation happens at the me&thee on October 7. The Young Novelists from Toronto and Anthony da Costa, newly planted in the Nashville scene, arrive at the me&thee on Friday, October 7. The Young Novelists are a compelling harmony driven duo and Anthony da Costa is an old soul whose music resonates with all generations.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
The Young Novelists have a rich but rustic sound and deliver a dose of honesty in audible form. Their latest album, Made us Strangers, showcases a significant sonic progression for the band. It’s ripe with raw but elegant instrumentation and stacked multi-layered harmonies. This effort led them to being named the New Emerging Artists at this year’s Canada Music Awards. Their take on folk tinged rock translates well from the stereo or the stage.
The Young Novelists’ sound resembles but doesn’t mimic the Decemberists and Mumford and Sons. It’s original and quirky and it’s a delight to hear. Graydon James is the frontman and he’s been touring as a duo with his wife, Laura Spink. Their stage show is honest and pure and their rapport with each other and with the audience is as real as you can get. The newest record “hinges on interpersonal relationships” and has an underlying theme which includes both traditional and non-traditional ones — from brothers in a band to a torrid love triangle to a new father missing the sound of his son’s voice when they’re apart. The Young Novelists show is as engaging as it is endearing.
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Anthony da Costa is a 25-year old singer-songwriter/ guitarist currently living in Nashville. Originally hailing from Pleasantville, NY, Anthony has been writing songs since the age of 10 and playing professionally since 13. You may have seen Anthony on the stage of the me&thee as part of an early “Beatles Benefit” or as part of other shows with Pesky J Nixon, Seth Glier, and Jonathan Byrd. He has record seven albums and three EP’s to date, including collaborations with Abbie Gardner of Red Molly, John Elliott, and Raina Rose.
He was hailed by Sing Out! Magazine as “an outstanding writer of plainspoken Americana.” Anthony has opened for the likes of Loretta Lynn, Judy Collins, and Suzanne Vega. He plays guitar in a band called Nancy and Beth featuring actor / singers Meghan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights). Most recently Anthony has played in Aoife’s O’Donovan’s band and has toured the country with them.
Anthony da Costa photo by Jenn Hellow
- The Young Novelists:
- Like the Decemberists but rockier and less quirky, like Americana but quirkier and rockier, a talented Toronto outfit. rock NYC
- Unerringly classy country-rock Toronto Life
- folk rock at its best Asheville Citizen Times
- unpretentious brilliance Exclaim Magazine
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- With his new beard and old thick eyeglasses, Anthony da Costa could be your therapist. He’s not. He’s just another excellent singer-songwriter who puts a nuanced balance of strumming and fingerstyle picking to smart songs Loudon Wainwright III could have written — had Wainwright been a 23-year-old therapist-looking guy from Westchester. Acoustic Guitar Magazine
- Da Costa may be a prodigy with lyrics and melodies, but he’s always honest about who he is Washington Post
- Anthony continues to demonstrate that he is an outstanding writer of unadorned, plain-spoken Americana Sing Out!