CHICAGO – The Filament Theatre Ensemble is pleased to announce a special concert performance by singer-songwriter Peter Oyloe on Saturday, February 15 at 7:30pm in the new Filament Theatre at 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or on the Filament website, www.filamenttheatre.org. He will be accompanied by musical guests Marc Walloch on guitar and Luke Heiden on percussion.
A singer, guitarist, composer, as well as a three-time Jeff Award-winning actor, Oyloe’s sound is a blend of traditional folk and contemporary indie Americana that is lyrical and reflective. His performances seamlessly combine his own eclectic, heartfelt, multi-textured original songs with interpretations from the folk and American roots music canon that demonstrate a deep knowledge of and respect for its legacy. “The end result,” says Ken Mowery of Indie-Music.com, “is music that listeners will find broadly relevant and deeply stirring.”
His lyrics are clearly focused, revealing simple truths grounded in the enigma of fierce emotional intimacy: lost loves, personal challenges, misunderstanding, lies and unrealized dreams.Though he is a star on the rise, Oyloe already has the sound of a well-seasoned folk singer.
Constant and strong is his ability to captivate an audience. Peter Oyloe is known not only for his musical abilities, but also for his presence as an award-winning actor in the Chicago area where Marion Palace Executive Director Tina Salamone first became familiar with him. “Everything about Peter is soulful and singular,” Salamone said. “His musical spectrum feels limitless because his emotions run deep, his connections so strong and pure. His work is a bit hard to describe because he truly is one-of-a-kind. Hmmmm. If Johnny Depp and Cat Stevens had a son and James Taylor was his babysitter, maybe THAT would be Peter Oyloe.”
Oyloe was nominated for a Jeff Award for “Best Original Score” for the play Equus. He also co-composed/produced the score and starred in a film showcased at the Cannes Film Festival and the L.A. Shorts Festival. Oyloe has also been invited to perform the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls home game in front of 30,000 fans and was a finalist for the prestigious Uncommon Ground Open Mic Yearly Finals.
Oyloe’s first album, words & music, holds its own as a collection of stories sung with a modern folk sound. It has gained positive reviews across the country with Oyloe being called a “future folk legend.” by the Music Editor of download.com.
He has been seen on the local and regional concert circuit and performed with Chicago favorites Poi Dog Pondering in the summer of 2013. In addition to his own music, Oyloe has spent the last year traveling the country playing the title role in the musical bio-drama Hank Williams: Lost Highway, about the life and death of the legendary country singer, a role he first played at Filament in 2012, and for which his performance received a Jeff Award for Best Actor in a Musical and an LCT Award for Best Actor in a Musical at the League of Cincinnati Professional Theatre Awards as well as his “knockout interpretation of Hank Williams…” being called “…as good as it gets” by the Syracuse New Times.
Peter will be joined by musicians Marc Walloch and Luke Heiden.
Marc Walloch is the guitarist and co-founder of Chicago-based indie band Company Of Thieves, which released two albums on Wind-Up Records. They are perhaps best known for their songs “Oscar Wilde” and “Tallulah”, the former of which won the 2007 New York Songwriters Circle Award and was also featured on an episode of Gossip Girl.
Luke Heiden is a musician, writer, and theatrical multi-hyphenate as well as a Filament ensemble member. He currently can be seen manning the stage manager’s booth for Filament’s production of The Snow Queen.