The room was already a quarter full when we arrived, but we found an empty table way up front on the right-hand side. Couldn’t see Holly’s fingering from there, but saw plenty of her action on the pedals and the sound was excellent. The lid of her grand piano was open right in front of us, and the strings reflected off the polished under-surface. This was great, because at times she used a mallet to hammer them, used a salad server kind of thing to pluck them, used a weird pen-laser thing to make them resonate, or manipulated them or the hammers manually.
One of Dave’s Twitter friends joined us and clued us in a bit to the Phish songs. She did all Dead and Phish covers and was excellent. Her first-set covers of China Cat, Estimated, and Row Jimmy were just full of richness, and her second set was a seamless journey in and out of Terrapin. Here’s a setlist:
Set 1: China Cat Sunflower > Taste, Estimated Prophet > Row Jimmy, Divided Sky
Set 2: Twist > Terrapin Station > Twist > Terrapin Station > Mercury > Steep > Terrapin Station > I Know You Rider
Holly didn’t talk much, this was a piano recital after all. But when she did she beamed at the audience and seemed to really appreciate the large crowd filling most of City Winery. She came back out quickly and treated us to a beautiful Brokedown Palace as an encore.
Holly asked us to stay to talk and get signed stuff, but we took off. Luckily, her parents were there.