Hello, and welcome to those who have just joined us for the first time.
A REPORT FROM LENA's
The big show at Caffe Lena was a wonderful event and fun to have on Father’s Day, especially with Christine and Siobhan’s brother Aidan of Friction Farm opening the show. Despite the feeling that the place was overrun by Quinns there were only 7 in the room, including the performers! Why this feeling? Caffe Lena is what we’d call our “home” gig. It always sells out, it is always filled with long-term and new fans, and we always make a point of greeting everyone we possibly can prior to the show, we know you as old friends. It generates a wonderful feeling and one can almost feel the walls sending out the music from the last 50 years into the audience. It’s a special place for us and there generally tends to be a sign on the door “Sold Out… NO ROOM. DO NOT LINE UP.” Our fans drive from well over 100 miles away, booking their tickets long in advance. We’re grateful to the fans and friends who make the trek to see us there and we’re honored, too, that the staff at Caffe Lena feels the same way about us as we do about them! Sarah cares deeply for the legacy of Lena and provides a home away from home for the evening of the gig.
And as a special treat, Ben Murray joined us on stage for the entire evening as well--celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Two Rivers recording, released at Caffe Lena in 1999 to another sold out show. (You can get that recording on CDbaby.com, it's a classic!)
Local audio reporter Joel Patterson did a special interview with us just before the event, and is working on a piece celebrating our performance there. What a great guy! The following was also posted from unexpected to the South Florida Folk listserv the very next day:
The history of Lena permeates every corner of this small, but legendary mecca of acoustic music. The Cafe is almost fifty years young and it still breathes hope and energy, many times each month.
Last night was a 'family' get together on Phila Street in Saratoga Springs. The Quinns, about 25 of them took over the place.
Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers, with Ben Murray were the featured act. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay, Friction Farm, opened the party.
Aidan and Christine command any stage they're on. Their appreciable force is gently delivered with keen lyrics and beautiful melodies, with a hint of humor to mitigate the seriousness of some of their material. Fresh from a well received and lauded show in Florida, this duo set the tone for the evening, warming the crowd for the headliners.
Siobhan is an entertainer, with a voice that can truly be described as an instrument. Whether it's folk, jazz or blues, she delivers her music with passion and impeccable timing. Michael, now her partner in life for the last 5 years, composes with insight and spirit. His musicianship is impressive. Joining the duo was Ben Murray, a wonderful guitarist, writer and performer. Together this trio presented a concert that was stellar, spontaneous and rich with quality renditions of original material. They also played music of others they admire. Their 'Tom Kimmel' number "Walk the Walk" would make TK smile.
Thank you Sarah and the many volunteers who make Caffe Lena a reality.
The sound was truly delicious. Kudos to the fine engineer!
At one with the music,
Leni and David"
Many thanks to Leni and David for posting!
We're sorry if you tried to come to the show but were turned away at the door, we hope we'll see you either at Lena's (book early!) or another gig soon. Oh! And a very VERY happy birthday to Jo who brought along 12 people with her to celebrate the dreaded birthday. : ) Congrats!
And so on to the rest of the summer
This summer we will be in Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, and New Hampshire. We will also be participating in The Songwriters TeleSummit: Essential Career Strategies for Songwriters and Performers.
UPCOMING DATES: for more information see calendar page
This weekend we’ll be in two locations… Alexandria, VA & Glenside, PA. If you’re close by we’d love to see you!
Saturday, June 27th, 2009
Del Ray Music Festival, Mount Vernon Avenue
11am -12 noon
Free city festival
Glenside House Concerts, 8pm
Close to capacity, but still a few seats left
Donation: $15 RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Series run by Hosts Ken Yavit & Donna Ryder
Friday, July 3
Siobhan and Michael will give a special private concert for a father-son duo of returning veterans & their friends/family. We’re looking forward to it!
JULY: Siobhan attends to her own further voice education at Shenandoah Conservatory, VA.
Sunday, July 26th, 2009
The Swannanoa Gathering
Contemporary Folk Week/Guitar Week
Warren Wilson College
Price: Week long camp- through Aug 1
Contemporary Folk Week & Guitar Week run concurrently and are a wonderful community gathering and opportunity to learn from so many great instructors in both programs (cross-registration is allowed!)
This year: types of vocal workshops...
Vocal Clinic A, "The Flexible Voice" which is an introduction to voice and a reminder of all you knew once.
Vocal Clinic B: "It's All About the Song"--- Where we concentrate very specifically on vocal performance in song-- intended for prior students of Vocal Clinic A.
PLEASE NOTE: OUR "FLEXIBLE VOICE" & "ALL ABOUT THE SONG" CLASSES ARE ENTIRELY SOLD OUT AGAIN, BUT A WAITING LIST IS AVAILABLE AND ADVISED.
**If you intended to come to Swannanoa specifically for vocal work with Siobhan and cannot get into either class, please do contact her directly. **
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Faculty Performance! Swannanoa Gathering
Be aware that there are sometimes concert date changes during the weeklong events.
Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers, Kathy Mattea, Vance Gilbert, Peter Mulvey, Kate Campbell, David Roth, Cliff Eberhardt, Anais Mitchell, Sara Hickman, Jon Vezner, Ray Chesna. 7pm
Warren Wilson College
Price: Open to the public. See Warren Wilson College website.
Sunday, August 9-12th 2009
Rocky Mountain Song School,
Preceding the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival at Planet Bluegrass
AUGUST 16-22nd, 2009
Boston’s WUMB's Summer Acoustic Music Week
ALL DAY/ALL WEEK CAMP
"The Flexible Voice" & Performance Workshop a full week in beautiful New Hampshire!
Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers, Tom MacKenzie, John Kirk, Reverend Robert Jones, Bennett Hammond, Lorraine Hammond, The Kennedys, Brooks Williams.
SAMW takes place at Geneva Point Center, 108 Geneva Point Road Moultonborough NH http://www.wumb.org/samw/
AUGUST 22 & 23, 2009
The Songwriters TeleSummit: Essential Career Strategies for Songwriters and Performers
Location: Your pool. Bring margaritas.
While there is simply no substitute for a weeklong intensive, this gives a really good overview of many, many different areas of creativity and the business of music, and can be a wonderful addition to any of your week-long retreats as an extra nurturing push even for those attending those workshops as well.
The Songwriters TeleSummit is a great weekend workshop/tele conference. So many interesting people will be participating and for those of you who just cannot get away for the week at Swannanoa or to New Hampshire & SAMW, this provides an opportunity for you to participate in a powerhouse bunch of hour-long workshops. In times like these it is sometimes difficult to carve out the much needed creative time to develop our craft as songwriters, let alone find the information any of us need to build and manage our careers. This format provides a flexibility that may suit your summer schedule. Again, this is a teleconference.... you can sit at home, at the beach, or on a mountaintop and participate.
The folks at TeleSummits.com and Art of the Song have put together a low impact high yield weekend for us that will certainly inform not only our creative expression, but help us understand best practices in making money through our art through the invaluable experiences of the presenters; all of whom are currently working in the field and have a wealth of experience to share.
Check out the stellar line-up & workshops by following this link. http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1007108
AND, just in case the dog needs a walk or you want to jump in the pool...*all* the calls are recorded and made available for downloading within the week. And that's included in the price.
Michael Bowers’ teleconference workshop
Personal to Universal: from journal writing to a song all can relate to
Songwriters struggle to find their unique voice as a writer--and sometimes to find any voice at all! This session will focus on methods that will help you bring your unique perspective and voice to your writing. You will take away tools and resources that will allow you to discover, focus, and present your ideas, your way, within the structure and form of modern acoustically based music.
At the end of this session you will not only be able to look back at your body of work and see how your voice has emerged, and you will be empowered to make choices about how you wish to reflect your unique voice in the songs you have yet to write!
Siobhan Quinn’s teleconference workshop
Interpreting and Personalizing a Song in Performance
AKA: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SONG: Getting to your best vocal performance
Songwriters work very hard to craft their song lyrics and accompaniments. Sometimes we work so hard on these that we only squeeze in the vocal interpretation of our song as an afterthought. Whether it's your first or 1000th song, we often protect ourselves by putting up barriers between the lyric, emotion and voice.
This session will focus on Siobhan's successful process of getting your own voice to reflect the unique emotional center and perspective of your song, whatever the style: from heart wrenching ballads to humor, or dripping sarcasm. By the end of the hour you will be well on the journey towards creating a landscape of emotion with your voice and empowering your audience with the ability to feel the perspective and emotion you are trying to convey.
Other workshops the same weekend will include:
Romancing the Muse,
Performance Anxiety: techniques to unleash your best performance,
Self Care for Musicians: staying supported and sane,
How to Make a Viable Tour from the Resources in Reach
Getting Your Music in Film and on TV
How to Make Money: using your gifts to support you
Alternatives to touring and the label’s perspective
As well as Recording on a Budget: how to get your best work recorded—with our friend Tom Prasada Rao.
Look here for more information: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1007108
If you choose to sign up for the program, please use the link above to do so. Thanks! Many thanks to John & Viv at Art of the Song for including us in this.
OPPORTUNITIES & SUGGESTIONS
INTERESTED IN HOSTING A CONCERT OR HAVE AN IDEA FOR ONE?
If you would like to host a house concert or workshop, or you would like to have us come to your town, please email us! We can send you all the information you need.
There are oh so many…. From Grant applications to non-profit administration, from participatory oral history to songwriting, please contact us if you are interested in the list.
VOICE LESSONS /VOCAL WORKSHOPS
When at home in Alexandria, VA, Siobhán teaches individuals, as well as coaching artistic performance for special gigs and recordings. Her careful attention to each individual is renowned with many long-term students as well as occasional students. Workshop attendees often return year after year learning new tools each time.
If you would like to explore private lessons, a consultation in preparation for your recording or special performance she would be happy to talk to you about her process. If you would like to schedule a lesson in Alexandria or elsewhere this fall, now is the time to do so.
A profoundly versatile vocalist and teacher, Siobhan writes and performs songs in folk, blues and adult contemporary pop styles and performs with Michael Bowers.
Outside of folk music, Siobhan is a known dynamic singer of Chicago & New Orleans style electric blues and has performed many other styles from jazz and big band to r&b, and rock; early song to renaissance music, and medieval madrigals in five languages. She has toured nationally and internationally. Sought by workshops all over the country, she has taught at such programs as WUMB Summer Acoustic Music Week, Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School, NERFA, Great American Masters Music Industry Workshop, Summersongs & Wintersongs songwriting retreats. Her Swannanoa vocal workshop (sold out again) is always in high demand. Awarded a WAMMIE for Best Traditional Folk Vocalist, Siobhan has also been a top-five songwriting finalist in the prestigious Boston Folk Festival Songwriting and (with Michael Bowers) Kerrville New Folk Competitions and Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
If you would like to participate in or present one of Siobhan’s vocal workshops or a Siobhan & Michael performance workshop either as a stand-alone event or in conjunction with a Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers concert, please contact us!
As always, thank you for your support for us and all independent musicians.
Enjoy the summer!
Siobhan & Michael