An evening with Mary Gauthier, in Portsmouth

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Known for her painfully honest lyrics and tender melodies, Americana artist Mary Gauthier has found songwriting to be a source of healing and strength, helping her to move beyond her troubled past. Dealing with issues of abandonment and adoption, Gauthier began abusing drugs and alcohol at a young age and continued to struggle with substance abuse until she was arrested for drunk driving in 1990. She has remained sober ever since. She wrote her first song at age 35, driven to the art by her sobriety, releasing her first album in 1997, and then fully devoting herself to music in 1998. After twenty years of successfully attracting audiences with her award-winning music and relatable candor and poeticism, Gauthier will be performing in support of one of her most important albums to date.

WHERE: Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth
WHEN: Saturday, April 28; 8 p.m., doors will open at 7 p.m.
COST: $22 in advance, $25 at the door
MORE INFO: 401/683-5085; CommonFenceMusic.org

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