Ian Foster and Jerry Stamp are prepared to sing of love and heartache in a pre-Valentine’s concert at St. Thomas’ church tonight.
Normally solo singer/songwriters, Foster and Stamp will perform together for the fifth event in the Beacon Concert Series.
The musicians, both of St. John's, have toured the country numerous times, and have released a combined total of nine albums in the last three years. They’re also both award-winning artists, and Stamp was recently announced as a nominee for two upcoming East Coast Music Awards: one for Rising Star Recording of the Year; the other for Rock Recording of the Year.
This is the fourth time they’ve played together, Stamp said. Their first duo gig was a spur-of-the-moment, improvisational thing in a bar that went over so well they repeated it a couple of times.
“David (Chafe, Beacon Concert Series producer) asked us if we would do the concert. We kind of said, ‘Why not take it up a notch and perform together, since we know each other's songs so well,’” Stamp said. “It's going to be a fun show.”
Foster and Stamp have divided their performance into three sets — songs about love and place, love and time, and love now lost — and will go song-for-song accompanying each other.
“It's not going to be just us on pianos- there'll be some piano, mandolin, maybe some harmonica, and harmonies,” Stamp explained. “It's not going to be a Valentine’s show just for those in love, either.”
Tickets for the show are $20 general admission and $10 for students and seniors, and are available at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and showtime is at 7:30 p.m.