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January 30, 2014

Musical calling: Local vocalist devotes herself to craft


“It’s folk, Americana and a little bit of rock,” Keefe said. “Because, I find that when I listen to CDs that are put out by groups that are a bit unknown, I don’t like the ones where they all sound too much alike. So we really try to avoid that.

“There’s a good assortment of styles and music on there,” she said. “There is one that kind of sounds like an Irish ballad almost. There are a couple that are more rock-ish, but the stories that they tell are a lot more folk.”

Like any good musician, Keefe, who used to work as a receptionist at Triton Regional High School in Byfield, no longer lives in the 9-to-5 world.

“I’ve worked in an office for a long time,” Keefe said. “And if I want to really push the music thing, it’s all nighttime. To get up early and go to an office, then go out at night, it just doesn’t work.”

Solely a vocalist, Keefe lets Kelley do all the songwriting for the pair, preferring instead to lose herself in the characters of a tune and the story they are telling.

“Right now, I am working really hard on the mechanics of a song,” Keefe said. “How the melody is going to go and the style of how I want it to sound. I have to become comfortable and very familiar in that so the story itself can come out better.”

As the winter winds down, Keefe is looking forward to more shows in the area, but she might consider making a move should the right opportunity present itself.

“I don’t want to go too far unless it’s going to be big time,” Keefe said with a laugh. “If somebody really wanted me to go to New York and make a business out of it, I guess, if the offer was good enough, I would take it.”

Perhaps there is a song in that?

“If only I could write songs, huh?” Keefe joked.

If you go

What: Bob Kramer Band, featuring vocalist Cynthia Keefe

When: Tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Where: David’s Tavern, 11 Brown Square, Newburyport

How much: Free

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