Rachel Sumner & Naomi Nye

  • November 30, 2023 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • The Parlor Room

    32 Masonic Street
    Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
Ticket Price $20.00-$25.00 This event is now over

Rachel Sumner and Traveling Light & Naomi Nye

at The Parlor Room

Thursday, November 30th

SHOW 7:30pm / DOORS 7:00pm

ADV TIX: $20 GA / $18 MEMBER

DOS TIX: $25 GA / $23 MEMBER


Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light:

With songs as sweet and biting as the nectar and venom in her voice, Rachel Sumner has been captivating audiences throughout the northeast with her exciting new band Traveling Light. While their instrumentation and textures show roots deep in bluegrass and traditional folk music, Sumner's lyric-forward writing and penchant for snaking chord progressions demand something beyond folk conventions, highlighting the acrobatic range of her brilliant bandmates Kat Wallace (fiddle/harmonies) and Mike Siegel (upright bass).

Sumner is no stranger to the stage. She spent her early career on the bluegrass circuit, singing and writing with the genre-bending Boston group Twisted Pine. Since setting out on her own, Sumner's songs have been critically acclaimed, winning the Lennon Award in the folk category of the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song "Radium Girls (Curie Eleison);" earning her a spot in the Kerrville New Folk Competition; and being chosen three consecutive years by WBUR/NPR as one of the top Massachusetts entries in the Tiny Desk Competition. Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light released their debut LP in the summer of 2022 to acclaim; Americana Highways says, "Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light shine bright on new album."

Originally a classical flutist from the dusty Mojave desert, Sumner relocated from California to Boston a decade ago intending to study Composition and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. While at school, she found herself in the orbit of roots musicians like Molly Tuttle, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, and John Mailander who introduced her to a trove of traditional music, started her off with a few chords on the guitar, and encouraged her to write her own songs. In the short time since, Rachel has become one of the most vital voices in Boston's thriving roots music scene.


Naomi Nye:

Amherst based singer-songwriter Naomi Nye has been writing music and singing in various bands for over a decade - most recently she has had the pleasure of singing with local icon Kimaya Diggs’ band.

Naomi Nye occupies the dreamy space between folk, R&B, and confessional Americana. Nye's voice is like honey -- sweet and rich with a glimmering vibrato and a powerful backbone. Her songs share a vulnerable glimpse into her most tender and intimate feelings. 

Naomi spent the latter half of the pandemic conceptualizing and writing for her upcoming debut album, Marigold, produced by Nye alongside Jacob and Caleb Rosazza of local joy-rock outfit LuxDeluxe. Marigold is a time capsule of emotional resonance, documenting Nye's journey from adolescence to early adulthood through letters to her younger self and more. The record is a snapshot of a decade of life that was overwhelmingly difficult: “let’s paint a picture of it, let’s emphasize the beauty that lives in heartbreak, let’s take a good look at who we once were to know her better and be good to her, and let’s step into the next season of life.”

Marigold is set to come out in Spring/Summer of 2024, but listeners can hear the heartfelt songs live now. Follow Instagram.com/NAOMISALUTATIONS to stay up-to-date with the release.

Date & Time

Thu, Nov 30, 2023 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue Details

The Parlor Room

32 Masonic Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 The Parlor Room
The Parlor Room