Celia Slattery’s original music weaves elements of jazz, pop and folk/rock with perceptive lyrics inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. The songs touch upon themes from love to social justice.  She also covers music by everyone from Ella to Adele, giving context to the music through humor and stories.

 

Celia has performed at clubs, festivals, and performing arts centers throughout the United States and abroad, including Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Danny’s Skylight Room in New York, SoHO in Santa Barbara, California, and the Montreal Fringe Festival.

Her back-up ranges from a duo with piano accompaniment to a full band with piano, bass, drums, and guitar.  She performs for special events, in intimate clubs and dinner theaters, at performing arts centers and outdoor festivals.

Celia is also a teacher of Voice and Performance skills.   In addition to teaching in her private studio, she has led Masterclasses in venues such as  New England Conservatory Summer School, the New England Theater Conference, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts American College Theater Festival, and more.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND

“The Mischievous Harlequin,”  Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara

Celia’s performance style evolved over three decades and melds her background in folk, jazz and theatre.

Celia studied music and started performing in musical theatre as a child growing up in Santa Barbara, California.

When her family moved to Washington DC, she was introduced to the topical singer-songwriters of the 60’s as well as to progressive politics.

A single mother at age 19, Celia managed to put herself through school, earning a degree in theatre and piecing together a career in performing arts.


Celia studied acting at Reality Theater in Boston.

While living in New Hampshire, Celia debuted as a solo acoustic act at the legendary Folkway in Peterborough, NH.  Throughout the 80’s she toured the New England folk circuit, singing original songs at coffeehouses and clubs such as Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass and the Iron Horse in Northampton, while perfecting her covers singing over crowds in noisy bars.


Celia, solo, Peterborough, NH

After returning to Boston, Celia expanded her musical horizons with studies in Jazz at New England Conservatory, and she began playing with some of the best musicians in town.  The bars got a little better, including a seven-month stint in 1991 singing at the Bamboo Bar in the legendary Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The Oriental, the oldest hotel in Bangkok, was the one-time residence of authors like Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham, and is often cited as the world’s #1 hotel.  (The experience is immortalized in the song, “Bamboo Bar” on her Cast of Characters album.)

Celia with the house band: Oriental Hotel, Bangkok

With help from award-winning director Bill Castellino (Rap Master Ronnie, Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Calloway’s Carnegie Hall debuts, HBO and Showtime) Celia created a one-woman musical show, Moving Target, a classic tale about growing up amidst the turbulent political and social changes of the 60’s and 70’s.   Moving Target toured from 1997 – 2004 at venues such as the Montreal Fringe Festival, the New England Theater Conference, and Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway Theatre.  A subsequent show, First Ladies of Jazz and Pop, features music from the great women who were musical trailblazers of the 20th century.

Celia has released three CDs: Movin’ On (2001), featuring music from Moving Target; Cast of Characters, which was released with a concert at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston in 2008, and Our Life Together, released in 2014 with a concert at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge.