Louisville Magazine

MAR 2019

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gocards.com/fbtickets LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.19 57 e following evening in the High- lands, Hill is playing her harp in the back of the Irish pub Molly Malone's. Most of her gigs are private — weddings (like for Bill Murray's son Luke, now an assistant coach for U of L's men's basketball team), funerals, corporate events — but tonight she's playing the likes of "American Boy," by Estelle featuring Kanye West, and the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" for a small crowd of mostly family and friends. One of her former grade-school teachers, Pat Elzy, says, "I loved (teaching) her. I wanted to take her home." "Hi, Cara! Hi, Gill!" Hill says as a couple takes a table in the back of the restaurant. "Is Richard coming?" A couple strangers from Nashville request Carly Simon, and Hill plays "You're So Vain." She's mainly doing re- quests, most made by an obnoxious guy sitting at the bar. Midway through her set, somebody (possibly that guy) shouts, "Pretty white girl!" "Yep, that's me," Hill says with a laugh. "I get recognized for that all the time." She knows how to work the space, how to perform, playing the complicated mess of seven pedals, with three positions that change the key of the 47 strings. She switches between balancing the harp on her right shoulder and squeezing it between her knees, her body twisted. Her callused fingertips pluck away. All of this coordination while also singing, bopping, grooving — less technical, more "rock harpist." After the gig, she only trusts herself to re-coil the expensive wires and return them to their gallon-sized Ziploc bags. Outside, the freezing rain is drizzling. She has wrapped the harp in its padded cover and has borrowed a bar floor mat without permission to protect its base. She places the harp a practiced distance away from her Volkswagen station wag- on, then tilts it into the trunk, just clear- ing the edge that an unseasoned attempt might thunk. She fits in her amp, new $350 harp dolly, cords and music stand. If it were Tetris, she'd clear the board. It never mattered to Hill that this show would be in the furthest corner of a bar on a Wednesday night. "I've never seen Erin not care," says Melissa Errico, Hill's longtime friend who was a co-star in Randy Newman's Faust. "(Whether) it's Carnegie Hall or a charity event, she's

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