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Rob Siegel is well-known in Boston folk music circles as an innovative songwriter who draws from his idyllic yet stressed-out middle-class suburban existence and produces memorable, intelligent, well-crafted songs. Rob has opened for Bill Staines, Vance Gilbert, Jack Hardy, Geoff Muldaur, and others. His 2000 debut CD “Shaker Chair” received airplay on the WUMB radio network, and his 2004 CD “Voices from the Right Brain: Rob Siegel Live at Club Passim” reached #52 on the FolkDJ ranking, which ain’t bad for a geophysicist who rarely traveled outside Massachusetts for a gig.


Rob took his foot off the gigging pedal in the mid-2000s when he projected the college bills for his three kids, but now that they’re grown, he’s back. His first new CD in 14 years, “A Landscape of Ghosts,” will be out in April. It features his signature songwriting and guitar playing, lightly accompanied by fiddle, upright bass, and brush percussion. The CD release show will be at Club Passim in Cambridge on Monday April 30th. Tickets can be purchased here.



Rob says "Some folks who live and breathe traditional folk music think I’m too wordy and too metaphor- and reference-heavy. What I try to be is challenging – somewhere between William Faulkner and Robin Williams. I don't like songs that aren't memorable, and I try not to write them myself."



“I always thought hawks were such beautiful birds / At least they eat what they kill” – Half Off Our Rocker