Music

The Dunder Chiefs w/ Cancellieri

When: Thu., Nov. 14 2013

soulgrass

If you happen to pass by a busker on King Street sometime this weekend, make sure you stop and listen for a bit — chances are it’s Cancellieri, a Columbia-based folky who sings with a soft, unassuming sound and writes tenderly beautiful lyrics. For Cancellieri, a.k.a. Ryan Hutchens, it’s a refreshing way to expose people to his music. “The engagement between people and me is a little more free and open. Weird things can happen, funny things. I just connect with people more,” he says. “I might say it’s my favorite way to perform.” Hutchens began singing as Cancellieri about three years ago, releasing an EP called Early Spring in 2011. Two EPs and two years later, he’s developed a more performance-friendly style, writing for guitar and harmonica and sometimes bass, drums, and keyboard. As for his stage name, that came to him pretty easily. “Cancellieri came from my grandfather on my father’s side,” Hutchens says. His grandfather, the child of Sicilian immigrants, changed his name to Hutchens when he was 16, so the original name fell into disuse until Hutchens reclaimed it. “Instead of just making up a band name, it was sort of like using my real name in a sense,” Hutchens says. You can listen to all three of Cancellieri’s EPs at cancellieri.bandcamp.com. —Elizabeth Pandolfi THURSDAY

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