Rebecca Hart was once described as 'the love child of Suzanne Vega and Steely Dan'. Despite this early setback, she has continued to hone her particular brand of moody rock songs dressed up as folk music; currently fronting a 5-piece band which features electric mandolin and trumpet as well as fiddle, upright bass, keys, drums, and guitar. Born into a theatre family, she made her first stage appearance at nine months old, had her first play produced in 3rd grade (true story), and started playing guitar at age 12. She has been recording and performing since her first band in college at Brown University, while also forging a career as a professional actress and writer. She lives for the live show and is as noted for her stage presence and witty banter as for her scratchy contralto or the striking poetry of her songs. (Once, she accidentally won a comedy competition in Dublin, Ireland, while appearing as musical guest.) Her 2018 EP The Magician's Daughter was produced in part by Ben Sollee at Tin Ear Studios in Louisville KY. She lives in NYC.
photo credit: Ben Sollee, post-rehearsal for 'At The Vanishing Point', Actors Theatre of Louisville. (Previous page photo credit: Ben Arons, @Ars Nova NYC)
photo: The Rockwood Music Hall stage 3
'The Magician's Daughter' EP was written in part in residence at Space on Ryder Farm and recorded between 2016 and 2018 at Tin Ear Studios in Louisville KY with acclaimed cellist/songwriter Ben Sollee as producer ( additional production in NYC by drummer Ben Arons.) A wintry, introspective modern folk album dotted with electronica, it is something of a response to her father's death a la Sufjan Stevens' 'Carrie & Lowell" and marks her first time in a studio after a ten-year recording hiatus.
Previous recordings: Crash & Strum 2006 (produced by Benjy King), Live at Joe's Pub 2008.
photo credit: Isaak Berliner, Eugene O'Neill Center 'Garden Gatherings' summer 2021
Currently, the members of the Wrong Band live include: Chris Nattrass on bass, Matt Gelfer on fiddle, electric mandolin, and backing vocals; Nick Stephens on keyboards and trumpet, Danny Ursetti on drums. Rebecca Hart on guitar & lead vocals.
It's not always this folksy though..
see? (rockwood music hall stage 2)
Notable recent performances include the Rockwood Music Hall (multiple), the Cutting Room NYC, the Irish Arts Center's Donaghy Theatre, the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge MA, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Joe's Pub, and the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn. With and without previous band incarnations, Rebecca has also toured extensively on both coasts and in Ireland.
"An impressively well-textured voice, sticky melodies, and an ultratight band... a potent dose of downtown heat" - Time Out
"Infectious stage presence and unique audience rapport" -BAMCafeLive
"... intelligence and a mysterious inner ache." - NYTimes
Here's an interview w/the Irish Examiner after our 2019 winter concert at the Irish Arts Center.