To celebrate 30 years, the North Shore Health Project will be hosting a reception and concert featuring the Cape Ann Divas! These Divas are five wonderfully talented female vocalists who are beloved on Cape Ann and have been wowing local audiences for years. Proceeds from the evening’s event will support the North Shore Health Project’s ongoing mission to continuously offer a harm reduction model that encourages people affected by or at risk for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and/or substance use disorder to benefit from support services, case management and advocacy efforts. Learn more at http://healthproject.org/index.html
Kate Barry is a Gloucester based musician, mama to two kiddos, and partner in crime to pianist and saxophonist Zach Gorrell. She is often told she has ‘the voice of an angel’ and on more than one occasion she has heard, ‘I wish you could sing me to sleep every night,” which she will take as a compliment. Her influences range from Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Annie Ross, Anita O’Day to classical vocalist Renee Fleming and Maria Callas, to Ani DiFranco, Valerie June, and too many more to name. Kate studied classical and jazz vocal performance and has been performing and writing music for over 15 years. She has sung with the Trinity Church choir and Schola as well as the Los Angeles All Saints choir. She can currently be found performing throughout Boston’s North Shore with The Kate Barry Band, Cape Ann Big Band and Kate & the Nouveau Groove – a 7-piece funk/soul band featuring original compositions and arrangements that can be found on all streaming platforms.
Renée Dupuis sings and plays keys in the band What Time is it Mr. Fox?, Susan Cattaneo’s Big Loud Band, SAFETY and the duo Renée & Joe. She is a lead singer for the Boston-based party band The Sultans and you can often hear her performing standards with the Compaq and Cape Ann Big Bands. An NCVS certified vocologist, Renée lives with her husband, son and cat on Cape Ann where she also teaches voice and piano at her home studio and at Sound Harbor, Gloucester’s community music school.
Mari has been entertaining audiences with her signature stage presence for over 25 years. She has sung back-up for Kenny Loggins, opened for and shared the stage with Tower of Power, WAR, the Moody Blues, Travis Tritt, the Average White Band, Alan Parsons, and many others. She has performed at the Obie Awards in Los Angeles, the Majestic Ventura Concert Theater, Santa Barbara’s Lobero and Granada Theatres, the Cabot and Chevalier Theaters, the Santa Barbara Film Festival and hundreds of weddings, events, benefit concerts, and clubs from Massachusetts to California. Mari put together her first DIVAS for a CAUSE benefit concert when she lived in Santa Barbara. This is the 3rd with the fabulous Cape Ann Divas. She is blown away by the talent and commitment of her fellow songbirds and her amazing band, the Lucky Boys, and wishes to extend a huge thank you to all. As she put on her website 20 years ago, which still holds true today: Mari continues to pursue her life and musical career with gratitude and joy.
Amy is delighted to be included among the Cape Ann Divas again and to be performing for such a worthy cause. During the past two years, she and her band, Headlands, have been fortunate to play for many audiences at venues all around Cape Ann. She is thoroughly enjoying her musical journey and continues to be grateful for the loving support from her family, friends and community. For her, it’s all about spreading joy.
Kiva is in her junior year at Berklee College of Music where she studies vocal performance, songwriting, and dance. She primarily sings jazz music but has been expanding her repertoire to include more pop, soul, and R&B. Kiva is so excited to ‘diva it up’ with all these lovely ladies!
Roger Brockelbank, drums
Roger Brockelbank is a local teacher and drummer hailing from Beverly, MA. His deft touch and remarkable ear make him a sough-after player. He currently plays with his own band Kind Soulz, Madhouse, the Lucky Boys and others.
Joe Cardoza, bass
Joe is a Gloucester musician and teacher who brings a variety of musical styles to his repertoire. He plays with his own band (with his Diva wife Renee) Renee and Joe, as well as the popular Groove Therapy, Dennis & Joe’s Monday Night Jam, and many others.
Eric Reardon, guitar
Eric is a local wunderkind—a super talent from a very young age. Eric plays with many bands, including the Skunk Sessions, Sarah and the Wild Versatile, Henley Douglass, the Lucky Boys and more. Eric can bend a song and make it his own—taking it places you never thought it could go.
Mark Retallack, keyboards
Mark Retallack has played all over the North East and beyond. His playing is heavily rooted in jazz, but can shine in any genre. He currently plays in the North Shore wedding band Jump Street, the Lucky Boys, the Last Minutemen and more!
About the North Shore Health Project
Founded in 1988, the North Shore Health Project has been supporting the health and well-being of people living on the North Shore for almost three decades. Originally formed by friends, loved ones and those impacted by the HIV/AIDs epidemic, over the years, NSHP has grown to include client advocacy, case management, needle exchange, community outreach, overdose prevention, testing for HIV, STI and Hepatitis C and LGBTQ services.