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In The Lesbian Songbook, singer-songwriter Matthew Brookshire interprets the songs of the Indigo Girls and more, while sharing stories about his teenage search for a queer identity in North Carolina in the early 90s. A meditation on music, memory, Melissa Etheridge, and the Methodist Church.

A free work-in-progress showing. Donations in support of Poquatuck Hall are welcome and can be made onsite. Running time: 75 minutes.



Matthew Brookshire is a songwriter and performer originally from North Carolina. His song “Belly Breathe” appeared in the 50th anniversary season of Sesame Street, and can also be heard in off-Broadway’s Sesame Street the Musical.

As a composer and performer, Matthew collaborated with choreographer Keely Garfield on the Bessie Award-nominated Twin Pines (Joyce Theater, Danspace Project) and other works. About Garfield’s WOW, where Matthew interpreted the songs of Kate Bush, The New York Times wrote: “performed live by the marvelous Mr. Brookshire on vocals and piano…The arrangements are stripped down and seductively vibrant.”

Matthew has released two albums of original music (8 Songs and Best Friend) and an EP of duets with Anielle Reid (Boy Girl Banjo). He appears on a compilation from the American Folk Art Museum and on Kelli Rae Powell’s Live at Jalopy.