With the end of 2015 just around the corner, we wanted to share some highlights from our year:
In January 2015, we were hosted by Ricki Carroll for Windborne’s first workshop weekend, which was a resounding success! The two days were packed with delicious food, delightful fellowship, and, of course, lots of singing in Ricki’s beautiful home. We hope to return for another workshop weekend in 2016, and in the meantime, check out this video from the house concert.
Unless you’ve been pointedly ignoring all our emails and Facebook posts in the past six months, you already know this next bit of news: we recorded a new CD, our first studio album! Lay Around That Shack is something of a departure from our usual mix of traditional music from around the globe, focusing entirely on folk songs from the US and England, and we are so happy with how it came out. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can listen to sample tracks and buy it here. Maybe there’s a special someone in your life who would love to get a new CD for the holidays? (Speaking of holiday CDs, Lynn and Will just released a fabulous album of Yuletide songs, Sing the Sun’s Return: Wassails and Carols for Yuletide. Give it a listen and check out their new website, lynnandwillrowan.com!)
We’ve gotten some great reviews for Lay Around That Shack, too. Fatea Magazine called it, “A gleefully winding path through American music…theirs is a dynamic approach born of genuine and deep-seated appreciation of the tradition in all its aspects” and The Mike Harding Folk Show has played us twice! Listen to Podcast 145 at 1:10:20 and Podcast 150 at 11:25.
Springtime took us to the GottaGetGon folk festival in upstate New York, where we were excited to share the stage with fellow American Music Abroad alums the Tumbling Bones. Our world music workshop was especially well received and we got into some fascinating music theory conversations about Georgian tuning.
Our biggest adventure of 2015 was our summer tour in England! You can read all about those escapades in another post, but suffice it to say we made many new friends, took lots of jumping photos, and sang everywhere we possibly could, from pubs to theaters, castles to street corners. We’re already thinking ahead to a return trip!
Lastly, we are on our way to becoming YouTube sensations (well, maybe not quite) with Give Bernie Sanders Your Vote, which has almost 20,000 views! We wouldn’t get political for just any candidate, but we are really excited about Bernie and hope you are too!
All in all, 2015 was a great year for Windborne, and we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!
Thanks, as always, to YOU! We could not do what we do without your support, and we are so grateful to our friends, families, and fans. May your new year be full of music, laughter, and adventure!
Lauren, Lynn, Will, and Jeremy