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January 31, 2013

Lookout: Tom Rush returns to Firehouse

Folk and blues legend Tom Rush is coming to Newburyport.

The singer-songwriter will visit the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square on Saturday, Feb. 9. Rush will perform at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for the general public.

A native of Portsmouth, N.H., Rush launched his musical career at 17 years old. As a Harvard student in the 1960s, he began visiting the Cambridge folk club, Club 47, so often that he was soon a regular.

Rush graduated from Harvard University with an English degree and having recorded two albums. In addition to creating his own pieces, Rush covered the songs of numerous musicians, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Bob Dylan, which helped to strengthen and expand their fan bases. Many of today’s top music stars, including James Taylor and Garth Brooks, name Rush as one of their influences.

As his career progressed, Rush expanded into other genres and spent several years on tour during the early 1970s. After a short break, he returned to the music scene in 1981, performing at Symphony Hall in Boston. Later, he adapted his shows to allow seasoned artists and newcomers to share a stage and perform together.

In 2009, Rush released his first studio CD in more than 30 years. “What I Know” includes his original material, as well as contributions from other artists.

As Rush’s career progressed, he kept the design of his shows very simple — just his guitar and him. That format, he said, allows him to have a direct connection with his audience.

To purchase tickets, call 978-462-7336, go online to www.firehouse.org, or stop into the box office.

Lobby for the Arts

hangs new show

The Provident Bank in Amesbury will introduce a new Lobby for the Arts exhibit beginning today. Ipswich photographer Mark Gooby’s show, “Places Near and Places Far,” will hang through March 1.

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