About This Show
Youth in a Roman Field wants to help you break the rules.
The bastardized string quartet-meets-jazz-combo-meets-folk-band led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Claire Wellin incorporates sounds of "Appalachia, cayenne pepper, & ghosts." The band includes various personnel including Scott Stangland and Jamie Mohamdien, as well as Chicago's own Tiffany Topol, Cassidy Stirtz, and Katrina Lenk.
The group uses their collective training in classical, jazz, and folk traditions to create an original, progressive sound with sweeping, powerful vocals at the forefront. Their debut album 'Of Grit and Grace' was released in May of 2012, and the EP 'Suits for Children' was released in October 2014. Originally out of Chicago, the band is now based in New York City and recently recorded their second full-length album with Grammy-winning producer Stewart Lerman.
"Listening to Youth in a Roman Field, it's not hard to imagine the band in a shady glade singing its timeless, melancholy folk — the accordion makes the fantasy list toward the french countryside. The songs are clear, simple, a little sad and swept with romance. Frontwoman and bandleader Claire Wellin has a clarion voice that goes from naive to soulful, on songs that touch on belle epoque cabaret music and early American folk music." -Jessica Hopper, Chicago Tribune