Frances Quinlan | photo by Kisha Ravi for NPR
Watch Frances Quinlan’s Tiny Desk Concert
NPR Music’s beloved Tiny Desk Concerts have shifted to an at-home model lately, but today we get to see one of the last sets recorded in person pre-coronavirus. Philly’s own Frances Quinlan stopped by the Tiny Desk in late February to play three songs off her debut solo album, Likewise.
Quinlan’s observant and empathetic songwriting always seems like a good match for whatever’s going on in the world, global pandemic or not. As NPR’s Marissa Lorusso writes, “Quinlan has the kind of voice that can pack an emotional punch in a whisper or expand to fill a room, and her songs seem to carry their own velocity – lurching forward and drawing back, with unique melodies that unfurl in unexpected and satisfying directions.”
She’s joined by her Hop Along bandmate Joe Reinhart on bass and guitar and violinist Molly Germer for the set. Watch below. Quinlan released Likewise in January, and was scheduled to tour the new record this spring. Since that’s not possible, she’s been participating in some livestream concerts — keep an eye on her Facebook page for more information and purchase Likewisehere.