Since her last visit to First Encounter, singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot has released a new CD, “New Siberia,” as well as a live CD. Originally from Heidelberg, Germany, Antje moved to the US when she was 14. Now, having migrated to Somerville from the hills of Vermont, she has built a fan base in Boston and nationwide, regularly selling out venues such as Club Passim and Johnny D’s. Irish supergoup Solas covered two of Antje’s songs, “the Poisonjester’s Mask” and ‘‘Black Annis’’ on their album The Edge of Silence; Billboard magazine called the latter “the highpoint of a powerful record.”
The lyrics of her prizewinning songs reflect an outsider’s arm’s-length view of American life, vulnerable, yet uplifting and uncompromisingly truthful, while her voice is reminiscent of The Story or Dar Williams. Antje’s recent CD, “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer,” reached No. 1 on WGBH’s 2010 ranking of folk releases. Her previous album, “Big Dream Boulevard,” was voted “#1 Folk Release of 2006″ by the Boston Globe and one of the “Top10 Releases of the Year” by National Public Radio’s Folk Alley.
“Antje Duvekot’s provocative, dark-eyed ballads are becoming the talk of the folk world. Duvekot has gotten hotter, faster than any local songwriter in recent memory.” – Boston Globe