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September 27, 2012

Lookout: Livingston Taylor plays at Firehouse

A favorite performer of the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Livingston Taylor is once again taking the stage of the Arakelian theater.

The brother of James Taylor, the singer/songwriter has played in Newburyport numerous times, and each visit is a cause for excitement, say Firehouse organizers. Taylor is a professor at Berklee College of Music.

Often, Taylor will perform a mix of his hits and new songs, and sometimes, he’ll throw in a personal favorite of his own from Gershwin, Rogers and Hart or Jerome Kern, according to organizers. Familiar with a range of genres, including folk, pop, gospel and jazz, Taylor also falls upon his storytelling ability to weave his show together.

“He has been at the Firehouse for sold-out show after sold-out show, and again this year we welcome him back to the neighborhood so we can find out what he’s been up to since he was last here,” writes Firehouse staff. “There is comfort found in the timbre of his voice and the stories he tells so well. No wonder we could listen to him for hours. It’s just like catching up with the dearest of old pals.”

A Boston native, Taylor began playing guitar when he was 13 years old. Growing up in North Carolina, Taylor visited his grandmother’s house, in the Ring’s Island section of Salisbury, each summer.

Taylor will give two performances: tomorrow and Saturday. Each show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 for the general public, and can be purchased by calling the box office at 978-462-7336 or online at www.firehouse.org.

Roy-Bornstein releases memoir

Newburyport’s Carolyn Roy-Bornstein will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery Marketplace tomorrow night to discuss her first book, “Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude.”

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