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December 17, 2015

2015 Year in Review

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,recording 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.

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Thanks to Howie Eskin for the photo!

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.

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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!

love,
Lauren, Lynn, Will, and Jeremy

December 28, 2014

Musings on 2014

As one year draws to a close and a new one begins, we are compelled to reflect on the adventures and mishaps of this journey around the sun.  For Windborne, 2014 was perhaps our most eventful year yet, despite often being spread out over two continents and three time zones!  Highlights include:

• Our month-long tour with American Music Abroad, sharing our love of traditional folk music with audiences and workshop participants across Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola. Lots of photos and videos of that trip are on our Facebook page and on American Music Abroad’s page, and you can read about some of our escapades on our blog.

• Speaking of our blog, our website got a major upgrade this summer, now featuring tracks from our various CDs, lots of new photos thanks to Liza Carter, and more!

• Windborne’s first music video: Rollin’ in my Sweet Baby’s Arms, with a cameo by guest artist Pippi.

• Village Harmony’s 25 Year Anniversary Weekend.  It was a great honor to be on stage in front of such a vibrant audience of our friends and mentors, including many of the very teachers that planted the seeds for our love of traditional world music, and who continue to guide us along the way.  For us, performing the Kyrgyz-American medley (video here) that we developed with our friends in Ustatshakirt Plus while touring together with AMA was to see Village Harmony’s living legacy come full circle.  We would not be the musicians we are today without the love and support of the many, many people who make up our Village Harmony family.  

And we’ve got big plans for 2015!  Our workshop weekend in January, recording a CD of all American folk music and performing at the GottaGetGon Folk Music Festival in the spring, organizing a tour in the UK for the summer… and we could not do any of it without YOU!  We are so grateful to you, our friends and family, for your continued support and we are delighted to have you along on this wild ride.  

With love and gratitude,
Windborne
Lynn, Lauren, Will, and Jeremy

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