Thursday October 11, 2012

BELLOWS FALLS -- Songwriter, performer, musical pioneer and author Kristin Hersh will perform at the newly opened Windham Ballroom, 40 The Square, on Friday, at 7:30 p.m.

The show is the first in a series of events promoted by Popolo, the new restaurant and venue in the Windham Hotel.

Forming the ground-breaking band, Throwing Muses, when she was just 14, Hersh has released more than 20 albums with her two bands and as a solo artist. In 2010 she published "Rat Girl," a coming-of-age memoir that the New York Times heralded as "uncommonly touching" and Rolling Stone chose as one of the top 10 music memoirs of all time.

Signed to the acclaimed British label 4AD when Hersh was just 18, Throwing Muses garnered immediate critical praise for its innovative sound. The New York Times reported that Hersh’s work was evidence that female rock musicians were outgrowing the gender roles to express more than vulnerability or defiance.

After one album on 4AD, Throwing Muses signed to the prestigious American label Sire Records who had shepherded the careers of Talking Heads, The Ramones, The Pretenders and Madonna.

"Rat Girl" chronicles this early phase of her public life during which she not only launched an extraordinary career but was also diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and became a teenage mother.

In 2003, she formed a second band, 50 Foot Wave, released her sixth solo album, "The Grotto," and also the eighth album by Throwing Muses.

As with other of her recent projects, Hersh’s latest musical release, "Crooked," was paid for by her fans. Abandoning the traditional relationship with record companies before independence was fashionable, Hersh has built a robust career through her blunt and sometimes excruciating honesty and her superb craftsmanship.

This is the first concert in the Windham Ballroom in more than 30 years.

Tickets are $25 general, $35 for special seating (with a dinner discount at Popolo) and $30 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 802-460-7676 or visit popolomeanspeople.com.