Prudence Johnson sings music inspired by the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay
A Girl Named Vincent is a multi-media concert in which a free-spirited young poet of a century ago comes to life in stories, pictures and songs. Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of America’s greatest poets. She would become a national celebrity and, at 31, win the Pulitzer Prize. Thomas Hardy would say there were really only two great things in the United States: the skyscraper and Millay’s poetry. But all that would come later — these are the poems of an elfin young woman in her teens and twenties, with sea-green eve and a wild head of red hair, brilliant and free-spirited, drawing inspiration from the rocky Maine sea-coast or the streets of bohemian Greenwich Village, leaving a trail of lovers and admirers in her wake. To those close to her, she was known simply as Vincent.
* Prudence Johnson: voice & ukulele
* Laura Caviani: piano & voice
* Joan Griffith: acoustic & electric bass, guitar & mandolin
* Michelle Kinney: cello & voice
* Joe Savage: pedal steel guitar, harmonica & voice
* Marc Anderson: percussion
Alan Frechtman: Visual design & tech direction
Maury Jensen: Sound design
Prudence Johnson’s career has taken her from honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the Silver Screen, from the Midwest to the Middle East. She is a regular guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the country, and appears as one of the “regulars” in Robert Altman’s 2006 A Prairie Home Companion movie. Her film credits also include Robert Redford’s A River Runs Through It in a role she was born to play-a singer!
Prudence lives in Minneapolis and is working on a play and a few new recording projects, enjoying her work with A Prairie Home Companion, and having a wonderful time bringing the music she loves to new audiences.
“Probably the classiest show in this year’s (Festival)…. Pairs the poetry of Edna St Vincent Millay and the music of a handful of local composers. It’s all served up by the divine Prudence Johnson and a tight quartet. (They) carry it off with a smooth poise of which Millay herself might have approved!” – Dominic Papatola, St Paul Pioneer Press
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“These jazz (and) blues-tinged songs sit perfectly on Johnson’s voice of liquid gold….The musical values are first-rate.”
- William Randall Beard, Mpls Star Tribune