Amy Speace performs on Mountain Stage. i

Amy Speace performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
Amy Speace performs on Mountain Stage.

Amy Speace performs on Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Amy Speace On Mountain Stage

Amy Speace On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/189241087/189250589" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Before turning to songwriting, Amy Speace was both a playwright and an actor, earning a degree from Amherst College and touring with the prestigious National Shakespeare Company. (She jokes with the Mountain Stage audience about once starring in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.) She took parts in various independent film and stage productions, ran her own theater company and taught Shakespeare in the New York City school system.

But eventually, Speace's songwriting came to the attention of legendary folksinger Judy Collins, who signed her to her Wildflower record label. Speace toured with Shawn Colvin and Nanci Griffith, and ultimately left her longtime home in the northeast for Nashville.

Speace was dealt an unexpected series of personal obstacles, though, and nearly lost her voice. During this time, Speace turned back to Shakespeare for inspiration as she wrote her latest album, How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat. For her Mountain Stage performance, Speace is backed by guitarist Josh Oliver and cellist Hannah Schroeder, along with Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa of The Sea, The Sea on backing vocals.

Set List
  • "How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat"
  • "The Sea And The Shore"
  • "Bring Me Back My Heart"
  • "The Fortunate Ones"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Mountain Stage

Darrell Scott Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Darrell Scott On Mountain Stage

Hear the singer-songwriter pay tribute to his mentor, Guy Clark, live on stage in West Virginia.

Darrell Scott On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/486632753/486639734" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Sarah Jarosz Josh Saul /Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Josh Saul /Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Sarah Jarosz On Mountain Stage

The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs songs from her new album, Undercurrent.

Sarah Jarosz On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/485697585/485731956" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Elephant Revival. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Elephant Revival On Mountain Stage

Formed in Colorado a decade ago, the band draws on Celtic, Americana and folk, among other styles.

Elephant Revival On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484826011/484826388" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Brett Dennen. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Brett Dennen On Mountain Stage

Hear the singer-songwriter perform six heartfelt songs, recorded live on stage in West Virginia.

Brett Dennen On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/482930978/482942071" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Liz Vice Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Liz Vice On Mountain Stage

The singer performs four songs live, including a haunting cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Liz Vice On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/482015217/482021108" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Judy Collins and Ari Hest perform on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Judy Collins And Ari Hest On Mountain Stage

The veteran folksinger is joined by one of her favorite songwriters, live on stage in West Virginia.

Judy Collins And Ari Hest On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/481079099/481082026" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ona performs live for Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Ona On Mountain Stage

Hear the Appalachian rock band make its Mountain Stage debut in West Virginia.

Ona On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/480124884/480128263" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Mike Cooley. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Mike Cooley On Mountain Stage

The Drive-By Truckers singer and guitarist performs a relaxed and intimate set for Mountain Stage.

Mike Cooley On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/478355588/478357358" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Overcoats perform live on Mountain Stage Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Overcoats On Mountain Stage

The duo finds beauty in simple, honest songwriting. Hear a live performance from West Virginia.

Overcoats On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/477497560/477498027" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ra Ra Riot on Mountain Stage Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Ra Ra Riot On Mountain Stage

The indie-rock band known for its chamber-pop flourishes visits West Virginia with new songs in tow.

Ra Ra Riot On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476609807/476610193" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top