Folk musician to perform at Princeton Coffeehouse Feb. 22


PRINCETON - Singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky will perform at the Princeton Coffeehouse on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Born and raised in Chicago, Kaplansky was drawn to the folk music scene in New York’s Greenwich Village at the age of 18. There she played with, among others, Suzanne Vega and Richard Shindell and in a successful duo with Shawn Colvin.

In 1983, while continuing to play music, Kaplansky began pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology. This led to several years of working in that field, including as a staff psychologist at a New York hospital.

Increasingly drawn back to music, Kaplansky gave up her career as a psychologist in 1994 to follow her musical heart fulltime. Her debut album, Tide, was released that same year. Since then Kaplansky has released eight other solo albums and four albums with other musical collaborators.

Kaplansky describes her most recent album, Everyday Street (2018), as a “collection of songs weaving stories of joy, friendship, loss and discovery.” Joined by Shawn Colvin in the opening song, “Old Friends,” Kaplansky reflects on their abiding personal and musical friendship, begun forty years before. 

The New Yorker says Kaplansky “is a truly gifted performer with a bag full of enchanting songs” and The Boston Globe described her as “the troubadour laureate of modern folk.”

Pete and Mary Ellen Nelson are the sponsors of the Lucy Kaplansky show at this month’s Coffeehouse. Admission is $20 at the door.

The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at the Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 East Marion, in downtown Princeton. The venue is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.

For a calendar of upcoming Princeton Coffeehouse shows, visit or call (815) 878-4805.