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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

August 26, 2015

“We Need More Chairs!” – Windborne in the UK

Windborne at the Lit and Phil Library in Newcastle

“We need more chairs!”

The Great Hall in Hexham Abbey looked full ten minutes ago, and we are running out of space for the audience to sit. We stand in the back of the room, spotting folks from our Windborne in Hexham Abbeyworkshop earlier that day, singers from the Tynesdale Community Choir who will be opening for us, and our lovely hosts who have generously opened their homes to our music making for the past four days. Volunteers run to storage closets and chairs are brought out, 60, 80, 100 and people keep coming. By the time we start we are playing for our largest crowd (outside of central Asia!) and couldn’t be more excited! We had arrived in the UK less than a week before and this was certainly a grand welcome. Many thanks to the wonderful David Oliver who was a publicity wizard and to Kat Davidson for her incredible singing and conducting!

We had performed the day before in the Newcastle Lit & Phil Library, which turned out to be a beautiful place to sing, amidst piles and piles of books, to a wonderful audience. Banjos, bibliophiles, and books; what more could you ask?

Windborne at the Lit and Phil Library in Newcastle

We packed up shop and spent a few days busking around the North. In Newcastle we played on the Millennium Bridge and were filmed by a French TV crew. In Whitby we played at a drawbridge, climbed the 199 steps to the ruins of the abbey, and had cream tea! Our trips to York and Sheffield brought new busking box, trips to cathedrals, and lots and lots of smiles on the street!

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IMG_3969The next stop was London, where we had our first encounter with the folk club circuit. We played in Watford and Uxbridge, both to enthusiastic crowds who loved to sing along! We enjoyed the floor singers and realized how fun it is to go to a event where you are both performing and listening to a concert on the same evening. That Thursday we went English Country dancing at the Cecil Sharp House, and played a set at the break, making some new friends.

In our spare time we took a little day trip to Oxford where we busked, feasted and…went punting! Of course, what punting outing would be complete without a Quebecois song on the boat?

We headed to Harwich, a lovely port town on the east coast where we played in the Electric Palace, an old cinema that is now used for performances. Beautiful stage, fun crowd, and one of the best post-concert pub sings of tour! Our host, Mick has been involved with Northern Harmony and Village Harmony for years and we spent a great morning singing a bunch of his original shapenote compositions. We also want to give a big shout out to Larry Gordon and Village Harmony for helping us get contacts for organizing the tour, we couldn’t have done it without you!  It was time to head into our last swing of workshops and concerts, a crazy weekend jam-packed with singing in Bungay, Martham, and Castle Acre. Windborne Teaching In Martham

We also had the treat of singing one of our favorite Corsican songs, Stabat Mater, in the great stone hall of Orford Castle. What a beautiful, resonant space!

Throughout the tour we felt so lucky to be hosted by such amazing, generous people, to sing for such appreciative and enthusiastic audiences, and to be able to travel and sing with such wonderful friends. We are already planning next year’s tour, so we’ll be back soon! In the mean time, stay tuned for news about our fall and winter tours in New England and the East Coast! Bye for now!IMG_3924