Singer-songwriter coming to Milford

Courtesy photo Anthony D’Amato will perform at the Union Coffee Co. in Milford on Saturday.

MILFORD – National Public Radio described Anthony D’Amato as “a songwriter schooled by a master poet” a few years ago.

The singer-songwriter from New Jersey worked with Paul Muldoon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet when D’Amato was a student at Princeton University.

D’Amato will perform at the Union Coffee Co. in Milford at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

At Princeton, D’Amato said in an email, “I developed an independent study focusing on my songwriting with Muldoon, a rock ‘n’ roll fan who wrote lyrics for Warren Zevon.”

The 29-year-old musician is on the road in support of his latest album for New West Records called “Cold Snap,” which has earned praise from several publications, including Rolling Stone magazine, which named him an “artist to watch” and called the album “folk music raised on New Jersey grit.”

Cold Snap follows his 2014 New West debut album, “The Shipwreck From The Shore,” which can be heard on YouTube and has had more than 5 million streams on Spotify. Songs from the album also appeared in the ABC series “Nashville.”

D’Amato made his national TV debut this summer on “CBS This Morning,” and has been sharing bills with Ben Folds, Ziggy Marley, Langhorne Slim, Josh Ritter, Valerie June, Shovels & Rope and Justin Townes Earle.

“I was raised on a pretty heavy diet of Springsteen in New Jersey,” he said. “I was definitely influenced by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, as well as young artists like Josh Ritter, Joe Pug and Conor Oberst.”

After appearing at the Union Coffee Co. on South Street, D’Amato will head north for a performance at the Montreal Folk Festival on Sunday, June 18.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or kcleveland@cabinet.com.

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