PRINCETON — Award-winning folk artist Antje Duvekot will perform at the Princeton Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Duvekot has recorded three albums, the last two, “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer’’ and “New Siberia,” produced by folk legend Richard Shindell.
“What a blessing to have worked with someone as talented as Antje,’’ Shindell said. “With a voice like hers and songs as good as these, a producer just tries to get out of the way, do no harm and let the artist speak for herself.’’
“The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer” was voted top album of 2009 by folk station WUMB 91.9 FM in Boston.
Duvekot’s path has taken many twists and turns, from being uprooted to the United States from her native Germany at age 13, to college at the University of Delaware, then short stints in New York City and Vermont, followed by her current residence in Boston. She is often also on the road in this country (playing at the Newport Folk and Philadelphia Folk Festivals) and overseas (performing at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark). She has won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the best new folk award at the Kerrville Festival as well as the Boston Music award for “outstanding folk artist.”
Her musical influences, says Duvekot, are Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen.
“Antje is the rare artist who can write about the social and the personal in the same breath,’’ said folk icon Ellis Paul. “Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivete which makes razor-sharp insights into the human condition.’’
Adds producer Neil Dorfsman, who has worked with Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, “She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade.’’ And as Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh says, “Antje is the whole package.’’
The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at the Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St. in downtown Princeton. Admission is $12 at the door. The venue is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.
Midland States Bank is the sponsor of the Antje Duvekot show.
For further information on the Princeton Coffeehouse, which offers traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music, monthly August-May, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com or call 815-872-6501.