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Interview with Zoe Lewis

This Year's ''It'' Girl

September 8th, 2011

I meet with the vivacious Zoe at the Aqua Bar, where we talked about her banner year with “Snail Road”, a breakout hit musical, her New Release “Rotary Phone” and playing with the Indigo Girls and Pat Benetar.

''Each year that I live here [Provincetown], I discover another side of the community or an amazing gem.''

Q. How did you discover Provincetown?

A: I came here from Western Mass by bus to perform on the street and to jump in the sea twenty years ago. I'm originally from a seaside village in England; as soon as I landed here I knew it was just right for me.

Q: Did you receive formal training?

A: Yes. I studied piano, taking lessons from old ladies who would hit my knuckles with a stick if I made a mistake. I started jamming early, writing my own songs.

Q: When was your first gig?

A: Dressed up as Jimmy Osmond, I sang "I'll Be Your Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool”. It was a big hit for me and huge in the UK!

My first gig: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YriPIujLtsA

Q: “Rotary Phone” is the name of your newest CD release, also a favorite song in “Snail Road”. Girl…, you are working it this year!

A: Much of the play’s score is on “Rotary Phone” and the song is important to me. I’m stubbornly old fashioned and fondly remember when life was a little slower. We didn't used to be so encumbered with technical devices that require constant checking. I like to be “un-contactable” sometimes. It's a freedom I miss.

Q: People are raving about "Snail Road". What inspired you to create this?

A: Provincetown itself is my muse. Each year that I live here, I discover another side of the community or an amazing gem.

When I take my songs on tour people always ask me, “Are you making this up? Does your little town really exist?" "Yes, it's all true," I reply. My Musical deals with the fine lines between dreams and reality, life and death, sea and sky and gender. SNAIL ROAD will return this October for Women's Week at the ART HOUSE, thanks to Counter Productions, Extraordinary Talent Productions, Donna Drake and the amazing cast.

Q: Touring is a big part of your life. What was it like to open for the Indigo Girls and Pat Benatar this summer?

A: Playing at the Indigo Girls show in Newport, Rhode Island was absolutely thrilling! We played to thousands of screaming fans and sang with the girls on their last number. I was elated for days. Pat Benatar performed at the Hyannis Melody Tent. She rocked the house and I played mostly ukulele to open the show. It's fun to open a rock concert on uke!

Q: What do you do to relax and restore?

A: I leave the crowds behind and walk the dunes, head down Snail Road, visit the tidal flats, go to where the blueberries grow.

I also forage. There's much to find here on Cape Cod! If I search hard enough, that's where the songs grow too.

Every Tuesday (8 p.m.), Zoe performs with surprise guest stars in “World-Beat Vaudeville Show” at the Arthouse or join the minstrel Wednesdays for a blissful sunset Jazz cruise aboard the Viking Princess. On August 22nd, at PAAM, is “Eyelash Cabaret” with the inimitable Ilona Royce-Smithkin.

For shows, CDs and tour dates, Go to www.zoelewis.com.

Artistic Bon Vivante Laura Shabott loves to write about the people that she admires in her beloved Provincetown. Graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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