We have had a wonderful summer! And to top off everything we have a BRAND NEW RECORD and MUSIC VIDEO! Whoo hooo!!
Our new album, Never Go Back, officially released on the 23rd of August and is already grabbing some attention! It's so incredible to think that at the start of this month, we were at Paradise Sound Studio with our dear friend, Pat Sample, picking up the mastered disc! And now we have the actual product in our very hands! wow!
We also have a sparkly new music video that strangly has been popular in Paraguay! So Hola! To all our new StarHeads and we are so happy to have you following us!
This month started our with a very warm summer's day in the seaside town of Edmonds. We played at the Hazel Miller Plaza, as part of the Edmonds Concerts in the Park series, for a lovely crowd of 60+ on one of the hottest days this summer! We had folks singin' and kazooin! Thanks to all who came out and braved the heat! We loved seeing you!
Anglicon was the next place that I ventured to. I helped chair the Karaoke event for all the Whovians and Anglophiles that gathered at the Double Tree Hotel for a weekend long, extravaganza of British media. Thanks to Sandra Lee for getting me involved! It was smashin'!
Index Arts Fest was the next event that we played. Oh, this one is quite possibly one of the best festivals ever. Index is a tiny town at the foot of a mountain. It's people are artists and their kindness infuses us with magic and hope that art really does make the world a better place. We were so honoured to play, for our 8th year, at this incredible diamond of a day.
Poulsbou Arts Festival was the next festival. What a wild and varied collection of artisans and musicians! We played in a lovely gazebo by the waterside to folks walking through tents and tents, in a viking town, full of arts and crafts. It was a fabulous day indeed!
Seattle Acoustic Festival was the next one. Held in the Capital Hill neighbourhood of Seattle, the Seattle Acoustic Festival brought together 68+ bands for a weekend adventure of pure bliss. Their mantra is "Quiet is the new loud." We are very thankful to have been apart of this lovely weekend long event!
playing Seattle Acoustic Fest - photo by G. Bently
Tumbleweed Music Festival this Saturday, Sept 3
Bremerton Blackberry Festival this Monday, Sept 5
and our CD Release Party on
Saturday, Sept 24 at Soul Food Coffeehouse in Redmond, WA.
Enjoy the last of summer's laughs.
I hear Autumn's song on the wind.
At the end of June, we were in Index working on the mixes for the new album, Never Go Back. When we finished listening one afternoon, the boys and I got together and filmed a little video for the track "Austin".
This is a little teaser for the new album! Hope that you like it!
I was honoured to host my annual summer camp at my studio, Syren's Voice. I had the privilege of sharing stories, creating great works of art, and teaching penny whistle tunes to kiddos ages 8 - 12. We spoke often about the power of stories and how traditions are born. Nessie (as in the Loch Ness Monster) was our mascot for the week long camp. We had a little recital at the end of the camp for the parents to watch how well these kids worked with improvisation. They were fabulous! Working with children always reignites my childlike spirit. Can't wait until next year!
We played the annual Sequim Lavender Festival the third weekend of the month! What a beautiful festival! We were relaxed and so happy to have spent time in the fields! We were able to connect with some longtime fans and friends too! And we heard the fabulous Larry Murante play. It was a stellar weekend! Thanks to the Lavender Fest folks for having us! And to the Lavender Vodka people... those Lemon Drops were amazing!
Gig in a Viking Town!
We were very happy to return to the Slippery Pig Brewery in Poulsbo, WA to play a three hour show on the 23rd of July. It's a nice little adventure for us to take the ferry across and visit this colourful Viking Town! We also were able to connect with SeaStar-Alum, Doug Hayman. Doug and I formed SeaStar in 2007. It's hard to believe that SeaStar almost 10 years old! Wow.
We had fun jammin with Doug, as we brought him on stage to do some classic SeaStar numbers. Later in the night, Michael Raley, co-owner of the Slippery Pig and concertina-extraordinaire, also joined in on a few tunes! You never know what will happen in a Viking town!
SeaStar returns to Poulsbo for the Poulsbo Arts Festival on Saturday August 20th.
More Video Shoots!
Alas, since the new album is but a breath away from surfacing, we have been working on a music video for the title track, Never Go Back. This is a new sound for SeaStar and we hope that you will enjoy it. Folks have been very excited about the tune when we play it at festivals so we hope that most will get on board.
The new album comes out next month! Stay tuned!!
Soak in the Sun!
Check out our Teaser!
Last day of Summer Voices Camp 2016!
"Behold!! Lavender!" at the Sequim Lavender Festival
Playing Slippery Pig in Poulsbo, WA
From the music video for "Never Go Back!"
Friday, 24 June 2016
Wow. What an amazing city. I was fortunate enough to travel to NYC for 5 days at the start of the month. I saw five Broadway shows, busked in Central Park, and pretty much walked the entire middle to lower part of Manhattan. I was able to catch a show at Birdland, as part of the NY Jazz Festival, visited several museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, I spoke to loads of great performers and was able to share a few tunes of my own. I tried to get inside the Chelsea Hotel since many of the singers whom I adore at times lived there, but no dice. It was cool to be in its proximity just the same.
New York is a shining diamond when it comes to people. Folks talk to one another. The architecture is divine. And the spirit there is fast moving and ever colourful! It was a wild and wonderful start of summer and June!
We are nearly complete with all the mixes for our upcoming album, Never Go Back. It's been a long while since we started this project and I am anxious to see it finished! We've had an incredible experience with Pat Sample at Paradise Sound in Index, WA. Here's what he said:
"SeaStar is a fantastic band and a real joy to work with! Fae's songwriting and vocals are absolutely outstanding! I am thrilled to be involved with what I consider top notch musical art."
Our "Never Go Back Tour" brought us to Victoria, BC, Canada for a weekend! We had the honour and privilege to play for the Shady Grove Folk Arts Society in Mill Bay, BC, The Annual Father's Day Ceilidh in the Park in Beacon Hill Park, and The Victoria Folk Music Society at their location on Hillside Street.
This was the first time that I have been able to bring the the whole band to BC since Canada has lightened their fees for entertainment acts crossing the boarder. It was fun to stay in my old neighbourhood, show the boys some of my favourite haunts, and finally get my my Victoria family exposed to my Seattle music projects.
Wonderful shows with beautifully kind audiences. It was a real treat to play where I lived for nearly seven years. Thanks to Peter Sussman, Marie Bachand, and Patty Castle for making us feel welcomed at our shows and for helping us make all this possible! We are most grateful!
We are excited for the summer to finally begin! We hope that you find time to stretch your toes into the soft grass, soak up the sun, and giggle like a child who plays with bubbles for the first time!
Endless Thanks and Well Wishes!
Strawberry Fields Forever - NYC June 2016
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh at the MoMA
Finishing up at Paradise Sound with Pat Sample
Father's Day Ceilidh in the Park!
Playing at the Victoria Folk Music Society!
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Always Good to Come Home
What a busy month!! We ended April playing at our favourite coffeehouse, Soul Food, in Redmond, WA. It's always a bit of a homecoming when we play here. We had a great turn out! So many hugs! So many good vibes! I was debuting some brand new material so it was lovely to have such love in the room.
I was talking with the owner, Kevin Oaks, and we discovered that every new song (for public listening) that I have written, since 2009, has been debuted at Soul Food. That says so much about the comfort of this place. That evening, on top of the new songs, we had a limited edition EP of the new album, which sold out! Whoo hoo! Good times with great folks! And amazing support! Thanks, Soul Food! Thanks, community!
"Never Go Back" is Coming!!
The 1st of May was our last recording day at the studio! Our new album "Never Go Back" is almost finished. HUZZAH! We have mixed 10 of the 14 tracks and then it's on to mastering and duplication. These things take so much time and focus but it is worth all the hard work. We have been traveling out to Index, WA to mix at Paradise Sound almost twice a week and on the weekend, when we are not gigging. We hope to have it ready for you in July! Stay Tuned!
Doe Bay Play
The first weekend in May brought us to Orcas Island and to Doe Bay to play the cafe and yoga room! What a magical place this is! Glorious views of the water, delicious food, and kind, smiling faces make up Doe Bay Resort! This is also the home of the Doe Bay Festival! Such a treat! We had a grand time playing for all the moms over Mother's Day weekend. We even had a tea party of our own! So much fun!
Tea Party at Doe Bay!
Loaves and Fishes
We had a lovely time playing at the benefit called "Loaves and Fishes" on the 13th of this month. The Amazing Grace Spiritual Centre worked hard to raise money to feed Ballard's homeless on Sundays, when most soup kitchens and churches are closed. It was fun to share the stage with Larry Murante and Steff Kayser. Thanks to all the folks who came out on that hot summer-like night and supported our community!
Juan de Fuca Music Fest!
What a treat it was for us to play for two incredible audiences at the Juan de Fuca Music Festival in Port Angeles, WA, this past weekend! We shared the stage with great acts like The Bills and Rabbit Wilde. We had so many warm compliments from the folks! It was hard to say farewell! The rain kept away, the music soared high, and I felt for the first time this year that the start of summer is here! Thanks to the volunteers, the sound folks, and the staff and directors for putting together a real gem of a festival!! We hope to play again next year!!
Greenwich Village, here I come...
I am off to Manhattan for a few days to help promote the new album, make some contacts, and see a few Broadway shows! I am soo excited to finally spend some time in New York! You can follow my adventures through Facebook and our Instagram pages
Fae Instagram SeaStar Instagram
Set list for our Soul Food Coffeehouse show.
Thanks to Marianne Casasanta for taking photos!
FINISHED Recording, "Never Go Back"!
New Album Coming soon!! Photo take at Paradise Sound Studio
Practicing before the show at Juan De Fuca Music Fest!
Monday, 25 April 2016
Field of Flowers!
Happy Spring! Wow! Spring came on like a serious love affair here in the Pacific Northwest! The tulip fields were alive with colour since the end of March! Usually tulips bloom here around mother's day, but not this year! We had a splendid time tiptoeing through the lovely flowers and soaked in so much sunshine! Hope that the spring is making you smile too!!
With Spring also comes the allergies and sometimes that first cold of the year. I had both! For nearly 10 days I was sneezing like I was living in a pepper factory. Thankfully the cold has left but the mild allergies linger. Since I was so sick earlier this month, we had to cancel one day in the studio because I was just a mess. We return to the studio this weekend, cold free, to finalize all the recording and get the tracks mixed! Huzzah! Hope that you are feeling well and keeping well!
Big Hair Shiny Guns
You may not know that 3/4 of SeaStar is in another band called Big Hair Shiny Guns. Adam and Ron join me with my gals, Audra and Dana. We are a old school country band who focuses on mashups of classic tunes that folks love. The band is vocally driven by some killer three-part harmonies. We had a great time performing at Flights Pub in Everett on April 15! Over 100 of our friends came out to support us and we kept it Shiny all night long! Folks couldn't stop talking about our version of "Seven Bridges Road". We love that one too!
If you are interested in country music, check us out sometime, y'all! and Always keep it shiny!
We have quite the summer ahead of us! With the birth of the new album, we are festival hopping around the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the summer sun and share our new tunes! We are even heading back "home" to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to play at the annual Father's day Ceilidh at Beacon Hill Park. The Victoria Folk Music Society also gave us an opportunity to share our tunes as well as Shady Grove Folk Arts! Thank you! I am very excited to return "home" and share our music with you, Canada!
Shows coming this week and next...
We are playing at Soul Food Coffee House this coming Friday 8pm - 10pm and next weekend we are headed out to Orcas Island to play at the beautiful Doe Bay Resort and Cafe! If you are in the neighbourhood, sail on by!
Until next month!
Thanks so much for all the love and support!
With kindness and hugs,
Big Hair Shiny Guns playing at Flights Pub!
We do have fun! Strong Three-part Harmonies with a 'y'all!'
Summer Schedule! WOW! We are playing lots!
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Songwriting Challenge Complete!
Falcone, Ron, and I completed our yearly songwriting adventure in the month of February. The RPM Challenge is a great kick in the pants for songwriters in the shortest month of the year. The mission is to write 10 songs or 35 minutes of music, record it, make a CD with artwork and have it all complete by the stroke of midnight March 1st. This year we had one extra day being a leap year and I think we all did a great job writing up a storm!
You can hear the projects by clicking on the album
Fae's Album Ron's Album Falcone's Album
SeaStar played at Seattle's Hard Rock Cafe on St. Patrick's day during the happy hours 5pm - 7pm crowd. We danced a few jigs, sang loads of songs, and drank a few Jamesons' too! Thanks to all the fine folks who came out, sported their loveliest Green, and supported us on one of our favourite holidays!
We just completed day five of recording the latest SeaStar album! We are thinking of calling it Never Go Back after a brand new tune that I wrote in February for the RPM challenge. It features banjo... I know! WILD!
But this little treasure of a tune really brings together the last five years of working hard in this music industry, growing up after hard times, and refusing to be sad any longer. This album has a little different spirit than our others. We chase Giants, we listen to selkies, we reminisce of our times in Ireland and Scotland, we daydream, we dance, and we let go...
I cannot wait to share this album with you. I believe that it holds some of my finest work and we sound stronger than ever before. I hope you will enjoy it. I hope that you may relate to some of the songs. I hope that some tunes just get you happy and dancing! Life is incredibly short. We need to let go, and free ourselves to feel like children. I suppose that is how I choose to live.
Here is a really, REALLY rough mix of
the Frank Fahy song "Galway Bay"
Happy St. Paddy's! Hope you had a grand day!
Happy St. Paddy's from SeaStar!!
Playing the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle on St Paddy's!
Back to the small town of Index, WA to record more of our new album, Never Go Back!
Recording on a really fancy mic at Paradise Sound!
Sunday, 28 February 2016
What a wonderful adventure! I left for Glasgow on the 13th of January for another go at playing at Celtic Connections Music Festival. I spent nearly three weeks networking, singing, playing, and meeting with some of the most loveliest of souls. I witnessed great talent, histories, mysteries, and more!
Glasgow is my kind of place. Music is everywhere that you look! It has a great pub culture, and everything seems to be easy to get to. Folks are kind and chatty. Scottish hospitality is quite amazing! For instance, at the Rabbie Burns night at the Rio Cafe, there was an open stage. I got up and sang 3 songs. Within moments I had a flood of whiskies brought to the table! I was shocked. I had such a lovely time chatting with folks about the power of music, the Scottish culture, and about the man, Rabbie Burns!
One of those lovely whiskies that I mentioned as I was playing the spoons to the music.
I performed on the Danny Kyle Stage and had a lovely time that afternoon with all the Danny performers. I even wrangled a drummer to help me on my last song, John, from a lovely band called "The Domestics". A dear friend whom I met in Victoria, Shirley, attended and brought her friend George! What fun! I love Shirley so!
I also had a couple of new friends from the volunteer staff attend my performance. I was thankful to have a wee fan club there. Thanks folks!
Fun with Jacqueline, Tom, George, and Shirley!
I played twice at the Rio Cafe, once on Burns Night and the other at the Open Mic with my new friend, Tom Watson. Tom, who is a wickedly good guitarist who plays with an amazing band called "Rose Room", and his wife Stella were a huge part of my time in Glasgow. They were so kind with sharing their stories and time with me. I was so sad to leave them! But I have a feeling that we will have adventures together in the future.
playing at the Rio on Burns Night
I played at the Butterfly and Pig at the Open stage and on the last night of my stay, I played at Bloc+.
While I didn't win "A Danny" I was humbled to have been asked to play and to have spent such a fabulously good time in Glasgow!
Shows I saw/worked
I was really involved this year as a volunteer and it payed off in many ways. I some many tickets to shows as well so I was busy every night of my 19 day stay.
I saw the Cheiftains and Kris Kristofferson
a brilliant reimaginging of Joni Mitchell's Hejira, directed by Karine Polwart
Lucinda Williams, with Jenny Ritter (local Victoria gal I have know from when I lived in BC) Ricki Lee Jones Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck
Rhiannon Giddens (It was great to see her again!) Ross Ainsle, Sorren MacLean Ali Ferguson, Chris Agnew, Paul Jones, and MORE
While I working a show at the Mitchell Theatre, I received the terrible news that my dear friend, Gary Parish, had passed away. I have know Gary most of my adult life. We met on DeviantArt in 1999. He was a huge supporter of my music and the kindest friend I have ever had. I was shocked as I had just seen him days before I left for Glasgow. When Adam called me, I was working as an artist rep for Paul Jones and David Kelly and I had to keep my wits about me. I was very fortunate to have good company around when I received the news. The stage manager, Malcolm, was indeed an angel with a great heart and a gift for listening. He brought me a cupa and we chatted about how lovely Gary is/was. I was very lucky to have such a good person to keep an eye out for me. Thanks, Malcolm! As for GareBear, I am so honoured to have called you my friend! You magic man! Hope you and Houdini are having the best conversations!!
with my new friend, Malcolm
From the snowfall that made the city sparkle, to kind hearts and fast friends, this trip held magic!
I visited the GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) and Kelvingrove Art Gallery with Katrina and Luke, my London friends who visited me one weekend. We also made it over to the Trongate area and saw and incredible display of art, music and magic called Sharmanka.
Malcolm, the stage manager who was my angel, highly recommended that I try to experience this kinetic art exhibition. I am very grateful that he did. My goodness!
It was a thrilling display of art, light, motion, and magic. My face hurt from smiling so much! If you find yourself in Glasgow, You must go!
Just next to Sharmanka is the Britannia Panopticon, the oldest existing music hall in the world! What a treasure this hall is! Laurel and Hardy performed here! I stepped on stage and sang a tune. The acoustics were amazing! There was a ghost named George who followed me as I was cold on one half of my body as I moved through as if someone was taking my arm! Spooky! Thanks to Tom and Stella for organinsing the tour and sharing this diamond in the rough with me! I loved it!!
I also had the privilege to go to an actual Scottish Ceilidh! Holy Haggis! What fun! My new friend George and his gal Margaux were a treat to watch as they danced. Tom and Stella went as well! George, who has more energy than anyone I have ever known, whipped me around the dance floor in some spinning dance that I am so surprised that I didnt fall over! My goodness! By the end of the night, it was obvious that I was wearing entirely too much wool! ha! Such good fun!!
and one last magical thing (well there are hundreds more but I will need to write another entry soon!)
>>>Sticky Toffee Pudding<<<
My friend Jimi, who I met on my last visit to Glasgow, took me out to see the beautiful Kelpie sculptures! Wow! 35meters tall and I swear its as if they can move! It was the windiest day possible and we had a lovely time shivering and standing in awe!
We then headed over to Stirling Castle to run through the place where Mary Queen of Scots grew up! It was a lovely castle, but really remodeled. I had fun reading about the history and waving across to the Wallace Memorial from one of the castle walls. The last time I was in Glasgow, Carol, my sweet friend, took me to see the Stirling Bridge and the Wallace Memorial. It was like I had come full circle. Thanks Carol and Jimi!!
I arrived back in Seattle on the 2nd of February to the arms of my sweet one, Adam. It was a grand adventure but oh, so lovely to come home. I returned to my teaching duties on the 3rd and lingered in the afterglow of such an amazing time!
Since I was unable to attain tickets to the show in LA, I attended the Grammy Member viewing party at the EMP in Seattle. My plus 1, Audra, and I had a great time with the local chapter members and are keeping our fingers crossed for attending the 2017 Grammys in LA!
We had our global concert on the 21 of February and had 9 countries chime in attendance! I hope that we can make this an annual event as it bridges the time zones together and we can all mingle in an online world for awhile. I am very grateful to all who tuned in! We are a very lucky band!
I cant wait to see what next month brings!
But now I must focus on my RPM challenge!
Until next month, Starheads!
Shine on, your crazy sparks of light!
Back at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Playing the Danny Kyle Stage at the Royal Concert Hall!
Performing at Celtic Connections 2016!
photo by my lovely friend Shirley!
Chattin with Rhiannon Giddens!
rehearsal at Adelaide's Auditorium, where I stayed.
Dear friends, Tom and Stella, and the managers of the Britannia Panopticon - the oldest music hall in Europe!
Feeling happy at Kelvingrove Art Gallery
a lovely busker playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
The Kelpies! 35 meters tall! It was very impressive!
Visiting Stirling Castle with my sweet friend Jimi! We had a lovely time running through the halls where Mary Queen of Scots lived.
Ciders at the Old Scotia Bar!
Lovely supper at sweet Carol's house!
Grammy Awards Event at the EMP in Seattle with my plus1 and Big Hair Shiny Gun's sister, Audra!
photo by Dan Niven as he tuned into our online concert!
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
This year is starting out with one adventure after another! From Pirates, to Tiny Desks, to my upcoming tour in Glasgow, this year is looking bright and shiny!
Filming the Little Western
On the coldest day of the winter so far, we set out to film a music video at the Fisherman's' Terminal in the Ballard neighbourhood of Seattle. NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest was in full swing and we wanted to share our new tune "The Little Western" with the world.
Since the song is about to sailors who brave the Atlantic Ocean in 1880 in a 16' Dory Fishing boat, it seemed appropriate to film by the Fisherman's Memorial.
While filming, with the assistance of Falcone's bride, Rebecca, a couple of salty dogs came by and joined in the fun! They were there thinking about their friend Jim who was recently lost at sea. They boys even pirated our desk in the video, completely unplanned!
With frozen finger and honest hearts we played with all our might and our video was complete.
Be sure to listen to the link and let us know what you think!
As I type this I am waiting at the airport in Iceland to catch my flight into Glasgow. It's freezing here!
I will play the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 on the Danny Kyle Stage. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to share what I do with the folks as well as drink in all the lovely music that Celtic Connections has to offer! I will also volunteer so that I may see more of the festival and network to the best of my abilities!
It will be grand to be back!
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Huddled together, freezing! after a successful shoot of "The Little Western" at the Fishermen's Memorial.
In Iceland at the airport! One more to go!!!
Thurs 31 December 2015
. the catch .
As I sip my coffee, I see the bag that I need to unpack from our trip to visit family and friends in Tulsa. I am reminded of how many times I have packed and unpacked this year. Not as many as in 2014 but enough to get the creativity moving and shaking. Travel is a time to catch stories, much like fireflies. Sometimes they land right in front of you, other times you have to skip around to catch 'em. We 'caught" some great stories this year. We met kind folks along the way, heard some extraordinary tales, songs and music, and found histories lingering on the whispering winds of the canyons of red. Thanks to all who became our glowing lights and shared part of their journey with us!
. yule .
We started December playing with our Maritime Friends in Seattle at their annual Yuletide Concert at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Whateverly Brothers, Emerald Sky, and Watch the Sky shared holiday music as well as a few treasures of salty goodness. We are very lucky to have been a part of our Maritime Community this year. Thanks for invite! We loved joining our voices to the shanties!
. improv .
Since Ron had been working with broken hand over the last few weeks, he definitely embraced the art of improvisation. Ron became a stellar glockenspiel player this month! I mean, seriously... good stuff came from the misfortune. So much good that he might be playing glockenspiel on the new album! What album doesn't need more glockenspiel!? Also, we knew that Ron could play drum kit. We had a great time with his one handed drum performance at our visit to the Ould Triangle's Open Mic. Good times.. Good folks!
. feast .
the longest nights... the shortest of days The annual feast of the Winter Solstice, created and gloriously put together by the unstoppable force that is the Fremont Arts Council, was a breath of magic. Held at Equinox Studios on the skirts of Georgetown, folks turned out for the largest potluck feast that I have ever attended. Over 400 people attended, dressed divinely in mystical clothing and beautiful hats. There were art installations, a tea room, a kinetic ice sculpture, and more! I polka-ed, cancan-ed, whirled and twirled! Such a brilliant time!!! We loved playing music for everyone after a brilliant candle lighting ceremony. Great sound and amazing atmosphere. We even had Ron back on guitar!! His hand is mending nicely! A magical Solstice indeed!
. gypsy cafe .
A trip to Tulsa would not be complete without a wee performance at the Gypsy, the place where I met Captain twelve years ago. We entertained a small crowd of close friends and kind strangers. No matter where one travels, it is always wonderful to return to where some magic began. I am thankful I happened upon that coffeehouse... and even more grateful to have met Captain.
. auld lang syne .
So as day wanes into night, I am reminded of all the cups o' kindness that I have received this year. I am thankful for all the adventures, the stories, the feasts of the heart and mind, and the sound of feet traveling on distant streets.
I am getting ready to fly away again.
Back to Scotland I will return. And tonight, the whole world sings a Scottish Song...
We are having a quiet night at home on this New Years Eve. And since I have never sang this amazing song without the help of many a friend, I will leave you with an impromptu version, my cup o' kindness to you and yours, of Auld Lang Syne. May your 2016 be bright and warm.
May your dreams and joys be many. And may you always have every little song that you may need.
Bliadhna mhath ùr!
So much love!
Yuletide Concert - photo by E. Miller
Ron plays drums as his guitar hand is still broken. Open Mic - Ould Triangle - photo by K. Blanchard
Winter Solstice Feast 2015 @ Equinox Studios. Photo by Jim Toohey for The Fremont Arts Council.
Winter Solstice Feast 2015 @ Equinox Studios. Photo by Jim Toohey for The Fremont Arts Council.
Playing at the Gypsy with Captain - photo by C Wiedenhoeft Thanks to Chandra for the use of the bass guitar!
Sun, 29 November 2015
When I think about the life that I lead, all the kind forces and the wealth of fine friends who share this adventure with me, my heart overflows. The special moments that take my breath away, the songs that keep my heart from aging a day, the wonder that still gazes from my eyes...
I often times pinch myself to see if I am dreaming.
We started this month with a great rehearsal for a weekend long gig at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island. We practiced all the dancy numbers in hopes we could get the folks whirling around. It was a great night of music. The following morning I received a text from Ron, our guitarist, that he "may" have broken his hand. WHAT?!
As it turns out, he did indeed break two bones in his left hand (the one that does all the chord shapes and fancy stuff) and that he wasn't sure how long he'd be out or if he needed surgery. Wow. We, of course, felt for our brother and hoped he'd mend soon, but we had this two day gig coming up; Adam, Falcone, and I had to bring our "A" game. It all worked out in the end. Orcas has an amazing community of open hearts and we met many o new friend while breathing in the sea air. We missed playing with Ron but we look forward to the day when he is good to go and playing all those groovy guitar licks with lightning speed.
Doe Bay Cafe has exquisite food and the view will soothe your soul.
While on Orcas we popped over to Rosario Resort to catch a very informative (and free!) pipe organ concert by Christopher Peacock. Chris played many a tune while a plethora of historic slides cataloged the self made man, Rosario, one of Seattle's well known boat builders, flickered on a screen above. We even witnessed a shortened version of the original silent film, Phantom of the Opera. Chris played the music from the Lloyd Webber musical. It was lovely. A grand weekend indeed.
Friday 13 November was a hard day for me. The morning after the attacks, I read that the Pop In, the place where I played in Paris in March, was closed for the today. Everyone was safe but shaken. This is the second massacre this year within a very short distance from the Pop In, the first being Charlie Hebdo and now the night club the Bataclan. I was 900 meters away from the that club and less than a kilometer from Charlie Hebdo. Why are the attacks are happening in the 11th? I cannot understand.
The 11th arrondissement is amazing. True Parisians there. Kind hearts. Lots of singers. We sipped Absinthe there... *sigh* I vowed that day that I will not fall into fear and will continue to reach out into unknown territory. As an artist and musician, moving throughout this world is what living means to me. Terrible things happen that my heart will never understand. I will still move, sing, share, and travel without fear. Something bad can happen close to home just as easily as far away. Please remember that. There is soooo much good out there. It is easy to fall into hate and fear. Resist that. Love. Be kind. Do good deeds. Sing and live!!! This is so important, my friends.
I think fondly of my acquaintances in Paris. I am thankful that they are safe. And I will continue to live just a little bit louder for those whose lives were taken. I encourage you to do the same.
Lift Your Spirits & Stone Way
On the 20th of this month, I was interviewed by Miss Dena Marie on KKNW. We chatted about 5 years in business for my Voice School, Syren's Voice. We chatted about travel and my upcoming tour to Glasgow. We spoke about life and gratitude and living your passions. I love being around Dena Marie. And you would too! Check her out at www.dena-marie.com
Later that night, I had the pleasure of playing with two singer songwriters, David Guilbault and Sam Russell. We had a grand time singing songs and sharing stories. I have to say, it's nights like this one that keeps me humble as a songwriter and thankful to be in such talented company.
So in the essence of thanks giving ... I hereby give a major shout out to all the folks who believed in
me, us, the band, the music.
I am sooo humbly grateful to be on this path.
Thank you for listening, supporting, coming out to gigs.
My heart sincerely overflows with love & thanks!
"You did what?!" -- Fae after hearing the news of Ron's hand
Doe Bay Cafe on Orcas Island
Three Star, The Dublin Three... but we missed Ron
Fae at the Effiel Tower in March of this year.
Playing the Stone Way Cafe - photo by E. Touchette
Sat, 31 October 2015
Happy Celtic New Year!
In the Gaelic world, there is a festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, Samhain is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is also a time of Thanksgiving, a remembrance, for the passing year and a dreaming for the new adventures waiting to come. Our year has been lush with fine friends, kind hearts, and warm memories. We have met so many folks along the way and shared so many stories. Thank you!
Fae's Starry Night Pumpkin
October was full of excitement. From our Trainwreck of Glitter Tour to returning to Paradise to record our next album, we had a blast.
Trainwreck of Glitter
We started our tour last month at the Slippery Pig on September 19 in Poulsbo, WA. Oh, the viking goodness of that night! We then made way to the Black Dog in Snoqualmie, WA amist the railroad rhythm and history. Following that we set out on a 6 day adventure to Southern Utah and back.
We played for the Palouse Folklore Society in Moscow, Idaho on September 30 in a tiny attic. It was glorious. We had a lovely turnout even on a Wednesday evening. Our hosts David and Roberta were beautiful folks. I mean that is every sense of the way. As we were driving through town before getting to the venue, I saw them walking down the street . I said to the boys, "wow, those folks are just beautiful"! And then, there they were, our hosts! Kismet really. The audience was kind and eager to share stories. Not bad kazoo players either! A great start to the adventure!
The 1st of October found us in Boise at the home of the Richard and Patti O'Hara. I had contacted the Idaho Songwriters Association about playing a house concert and Richard answered the call. He and his wife Patti, made us feel at home with about 35 of their friends in their musical community. Their home and living room was warm and absolutely lovely to sing in. Richard began the evening with a wee reading of some Irish history. He set a lovely scene. The night rolled with many stories and drams. We are most grateful. Thank you Patti and Richard.
The 2nd of October found us in Salt Lake City, Utah and in the home of my dear friend from high school, Suzy Slifka. What a treat! I believe that the last time I had seen Suzy was when I was 15 years old. Wow. Suzy and I were in show choir together and I looked up to her. Harmonizing with her was always so beautiful. I invited her to join us at our gig at The Piper Down on our tune "Gold". What a gift that was! The Piper Down was a rockin' night of growly songs, wild guitar solos, and getting folks dancing Thanks to Dave and the staff at the Piper Down for taking great care of us! Thanks to Suzy and her wee doggie Noodles for making my heart feel 15 again.
On the 3rd of October, we made our way East to Vernal, Utah, home of dinosaurs and our guitarist, Ron Allen. We had the honour of staying at Ron's childhood home with his folks, Larry and Carol, and heard some great stories about a young 'Ronnie". Carol had created and promoted our event at the Golden Age Centre and about 70 people from Ron's world came out to support. She did a wonderful job! We are most grateful for Carol and Larry and the entire town of Vernal! We loved having a bit of 'home' on the road. And the sourdough pancakes were AMAZING! Thank you!
Breakfast with the Allens
The 4th of October found us in Springdale, Utah and Zion National Park. Wow. Talk about a place to take your breath away! We listened as the thunder rolled through the canon. We played a few tunes in a private concert at the Driftwood Lodge while the rain set the rhythm. It was a magical night. Thanks to Ron's friend, Jason, for making it possible! The next morning we headed out for a short hike and listened to the stories that the peaks and valleys whispered. It was divine.
We made our way back to Salt Lake City later that day and I was fortunate enough to spend a little more time with my friend Suzy while the lads made their way to Ron's brother's home. I truly loved that we had family and friends on the road. Every day was not only exciting because of the music, but was very special since we were fortunate to share time with folks we do not often see. It made my heart soar! I am soo grateful!
The next morning (6 Oct) Falcone caught a plane back to Seattle as he had to work later that day. Captain, Ron and I drove the 14 hours back to Kirkland, WA from Salt Lake City, Utah. Ron, who drove the entire trip, was a trooper listening to great cds like "40 Miles of Bad Road" and "The Best of Glen Campbell". I survived on 40 hour brew at truck stops and Captain found a pink koala bear. Let's just say that 14 hours in a car makes crazy things happen!
We ended our tour at Soul Food Coffee House on the 23rd of October. We shared the night with our sweet friend from LA, Ric Taylor. What a night! Ric gave a thrilling performance with his amazing songs! Thanks Ric! Disguises, mayhem, laughter.... a perfect ending to the Trainwreck of Glitter Tour! Familiar faces came out to support! It was good to come home! Thanks to Kevin at Soul Food for always making us feel that we were just that... Home. Thanks to all the folks who helped us along the way! This tour will forever be remembered!
Back to Paradise
We began recording our new album on the 17th of Oct at Paradise Sound Studio in Index, WA, where we recorded our first album, Home. It is wonderful to be working with Pat Sample again. We recorded 5 tunes that weekend and returned the following Saturday to lay down 2 more. Things are sounding good! We will return later in November to continue. The album will be a mix of Celtic, Folk, and Americana. We hope to have it ready for you by St Patrick's Day!
As the leaves are gently falling and the moon is glowing an amber light, may you find yourself lost in music, friendship, and the prospect of adventure. May your homes, beit it where you hang your hat or where you keep your memories, be full of love and hope, always.
My heart is so full of love and gratitude,
The car is packed and we are on the Road!
David at the Attic in Moscow
Packing in Boise .. not a cm to spare! photo by P. O'Hara
Welcome to Utah!
Gig At the Piper Down photo by S. Slifka
Vernal, Utah... home of Dina the Pink Dinosaur
Breakfast in Zion National Park
Fae and Suzy in Salt Lake City
Tour End at Soul Food Coffee House, photo by R. Brown
Recording "The Little Western" at Paradise Sound
Tues, 29 September 2015
TRAINWRECK of GLITTER TOUR!
Tomorrow continues our crazy tour! We are headed out to Idaho and then Utah for a fast and furious adventure!
"We met in a trainwreck of glitter that gave the world a little kick...." is one of the lines from SeaStar's song "Gypsy". In true gypsy fashion, disguises and all, SeaStar is traveling to seek family and friends in places with big rocks, dinosaurs, potatoes, trains, and vikings! Sounds appropriate! The Trainwreck of Glitter Tour focuses on the gypsy heart and the true essence that music brings us together in ways that feels like family.
"...When the life is gypsy friendly, when you're with us, you are family and your family is the place that you call home." So join us, to tell those you know to join us for a nights of stories and songs that will get your toes dancing, your heart beating, and bring a smile to your soul. We are all on this journey together... let SeaStar bring a little glitter to it for a brief while.
Tumbleweed Music Fest
We started our month by heading over to Richland, WA for the annual Tumbleweed Music Festival. We had a great time meeting up with folky friends and soaking up time near the mighty Columbia River.
I was part of the Songwriting Contest with my tune, Bittersweet Rubbish. It won the People's Choice award! I am sooo humbled and honoured! There were some truly great performers and songs this year!
While at Tumbleweed, we made the music video for Gypsy. Its silly and very fun, sort of how we usually live our lives. Music is a catalyst for good times. We certainly do not have a shortage of those in this band. Thanks to Ron for wearing not one but two different wigs and a dress, and to Falcone for doing a great job on the edits.
First stop on the Trainwreck... The Slippery Pig
We kicked off the tour in the Viking town of Poulsbo at the Slippery Pig. We had a blast playing for folks and adding Pirate-lore to things since it was "Talk Like A Pirate Day". Many thanks to Michael Raley for running sounds and joining us on a couple of tunes!
Second Stop .. The Black Dog
We started the second day of the tour playing at the Bothell Farmers' Market. It was a very West Coast day with the looming rain in the distance. Luckily we stayed dry all day.
The show at the Black Dog was fun! Jay gave us great sound and Cristie took care of us like rockstars, dishing up some delicious food. The crowd was fun and we brought out the kazoos... Always a party with kazoos.
Next Stop... Moscow, Idaho
Tomorrow we head out to Moscow to play for the Palouse Folklore Society. We are so excited to be on the road again. It has been toooooo long!
Follow our Facebook page for daily updates. I will post a full report when we return.
Oh.. We booked our dates for the studio.
A new record is coming! Stay tuned!!
Much love and gratitude,
Tumbleweed Music Fest - photo by Helen Gilbert
Singing in the Songwriting Contest at Tumbleweed
Finalist Medal and The People's Choice Award!
Tour Kick Off at the Slippery Pig Brewery - Photo by Michael Raley
Sun, 30 August 2015
Freckles. Tan lines on my feet. Well... just to be TAN is a rare thing for folks, like myself, who naturally do not do that sort of thing. Oh, Mr. Sun, you hung around for longer than we hoped but we had fun anyway.
Today, I am watching the winds whip around the trees, hearing the echos of chainsaws as many trees fell over due to this crazy windstorm, and hoping that I may finish this post since my flat and my entire area is without power and I am at half battery on my laptop. I suppose this will be as long as the battery power gods deem it so..
Here's what happened this month...
Index Arts Fest
It was a sheer pleasure to return to Index, Washington and play for the dear folks of the area. It was a scorcher of a day and we were very thankful to jump into the Skykomish River after our set. It is always such a pleasure to be in a small town, to see familar faces, to get the kiddos dancing and hula hoopin'. I really do believe that Index Arts Fest is my favourite festival to play. Live painters line the street, wonderful vendors display a myriad of treasure, the bake sale from the Volunteer Fire Dept is always a win, and a train runs through town every now and again sounding it horn (sometimes in the middle of a set.. but hey it adds to the local colour). Plus excellent sound from Pat Sample of Paradise Sound. (Thanks, Pat!) We will be recording our upcoming album at Paradise Sound in the fall.
First Place in the Robert Kotta Songwriting Contest!
Wow. I am honoured and humbled to have won First Prize in the Robert Kotta Songwriting Contest hosted by the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival. This is the second time that I have won this particular award.
I still can't believe it.
The contest theme this year was "Voyages". I love a good seafairing tale so I looked for some heroic tales of folks doing the impossible. I learned the tale of
"The Little Western". The story consists of two fearless captains who crossed the Atlantic in a tiny 16' dory fishing boat not once but two times in 1880. I was able to read about the boat through Google books, as the book containing its story was written in 1900 and is out of print. Gotta love the internet.
I performed the song with Ron and Captain at the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival in Port Gamble Washington. It was well received and the song will be released on SeaStar's next record which is expected in early 2016. Thanks, Maritime Folknet!
House Concert with Mindy Dillard
My friend Shanie called me and asked, 'hey would you like to do a house concert next week with a traveling musician from LA?' And I most certainly said YES!
Mindy Dillard is a lovely singer songwriter from the Bay area and we had a great time playing tunes for the folks on the only rainy day in Seattle since May. It was a pleasure to meet Mindy and I do hope that our paths will cross again someday.
The Month's End
Captain and I went on a little belated Honeymoon down to Oregon and then returned to play a show at the Urban Coffee Lounge. We, as always, had a grand time there. Thanks to all the folks who came out and said hi!
Well, my battery is going down for the count so I suppose this is farewell for now.
Next month is Tumbleweed and the start of our Tour!
Love and Thanks,
Lord, it has been hot in Seattle! This is the warmest summer that I can remember in the Pacific Northwest. Hope all of you are staying cool! We have been thankful that the caboose, where we practice, has an air conditioner. Yet another reason why I have the best caboose in all the land! :)
Sing me a Song!
We played at Urban Coffee Lounge on July 3 to a great crowd. It always surprises me how many of our fans, or Starheads if you will, come out to support us at every show. THANK YOU. We are so humbled! Another fabulous night in Kirkland.
Later that weekend Big Hair Shiny Guns played at Hattie's Hat in Seattle. It was a hot night in the back room but we kicked up our heels anyway! Always a treat to make music with those lovely ladies! Thanks to Kubby Kasual for making us sound so good!
On the 25th, we took a ferry over to Poulsbo to play at the Slippery Pig Brewery. While on the ferry, we met our sweet friend Eric Robert. We said hello, hugged, and said, "jam?" And that we did. Love making music on the ferry!
In the wee viking town of Poulsbo, we wandered a bit before the show. We found a fabulous bakery and a HUGE viking mural! Hjarta!!
Back at the Pig, we had a special guest join us on stage, Doug Hayman. Doug and I formed SeaStar in 2007. Because no one could pronounce my last name and a band name would be easier to put on a poster than Fae Wiedenhoeft and Doug Hayman, SeaStar was born.
Playing with Doug is always a treat. We always seem to play as if no time has passed. The music keeps flowin'!
We had a great time at the gig and can't wait to return on the 19th of September. On the last number, Home, we had Doug and Michael Raley, co-owner of the Slippery Pig and Starhead extraordinaire, join us, on concertina, to make the night go out with a bang! Wow. Such a moment.
Thanks to the Seattle folks who took the ferry over to see us! Thanks to the folks from the Chicago-land area who stayed and cheered us on! How amazing is that!! Great to have the old neighbourhoods represented! Wadda night!
What's on the Horizon?
Tomorrow, we return to Index Arts Fest! Oh, I can't wait. I was unable to perform last year as I was in Poland. So it will be so wonderful to see friends and musicfolk we hold so dear.
We have some GREAT news that is coming! We can't let it out of the bag yet, but we will soon!
It involves my new song, Little Western!
Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest
Last month I forgot to mention that my tune
received and Honourable Mention from the Woody Guthrie Festival that takes place in Okemah, Oklahoma every year. I was so honoured to have been mentioned in the program. I hope that we may have an opportunity to play there next year.
Fun supporting other folks!
We had a great time supporting other musicians this month. We saw loads of shows and enjoyed hearing such great music.
I had the opportunity to see Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at the Woodland Park Zoo. Emmylou is one of my absolute favs. She rocked the house and bought a tear to my eye. Noah Gunderson opened the night with his gentle voice. The whole evening was magic!
Hope you are enjoying the magic of summer!
So much love and thanks!
Playing at Urban Coffee. Photo by Eric Morget
Making music on the Ferry over to Kingston
Playing at the Slippery Pig in Poulsbo!
Big Hair Shiny Guns love Emmylou Harris!
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Summertime & the livin' is easy...
This month started off with family. My sister in law came for a visit and we had a grand time showing her the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We went over to Port Gamble and enjoyed a Ren Faire. Then we went to Port Townsend to soak in the sun at the beach and watch the sun dip low. Oh! There is a charm here like no other. It enchants the soul and leaves one begging for more... at least it did for my sis. She hopes to join us in Washington as a resident in a couple of years.
I had the lovely opportunity to perform with Saint John and a lovely gathering of his friends at his Canadian Singer Songwriter Night held at Bernard's in Seattle. We sang covers from great Canadian artists and I humbly shared a tune of my own, being part time Canadian and all. I truly loved the night. Fine folks, excellent performances and one lovely barmaid. If ye haven't been to Bernard's, go.
I had the fun opportunity to play guitar at a Doctor Who Convention known as Anglicon. One of my students wrangled me to help her with a Doctor Who singalong and Filk session. Being a first time Filk-er, I jumped at the chance. I did my homework by binge watching the New Doctor Who and went to the Con as River Song. Apparently my costume was a hit as I was photographed often by many Doctors and fans. Being a voice teacher, and since the gig I was about to play involved singing, I created a few tongue twisters for folks to warm up with. They were a big hit!
A single, solid, silver sonic screwdriver
A big blue box by the six chip shops
A twister of twists once twisted a tryst in a TARDIS
Father's Day Ceilidh in Victoria
Syren had a gig at the annual Father's Day Ceilidh in the Park. It was also the first day of summer so double the excitement. We had a great crowd and it was nice to mingle with some of our old friends like Jeremy Walsh. We spent the entire afternoon in the sunshine, then to the pub for a few well deserved pints, and back to Melody's flat to make music into the wee hours with our friend, Joe Higgins. It was quite the special day.
With special times sometimes brings hard ones too, as we heard of the passing of Michael's father, Louis Falcone. This was an unexpected event and our hearts ache for him and his family. Death is something that has been no stranger to our band as we have lost many relatives and friends over the last few years. We continue to hold each day with great gratitude and live life to the fullest, telling those we love, how much we care. Thank you for being in our lives and sharing our journey.
Breaking Ground in Stanwood
Seattle has been a hot dry desert. Seriously. It hasn't rained since May and the daily temperatures are averaging between 85 and 95 degrees. The Hoh rainforest had its first forest fire in 30 years.
On the 27th of June, we made our way to Stanwood for the ground breaking celebration for the new YMCA. It was a hot, hot day; but we had a BLAST! It was a great family event and played the stage in front of the construction site. Big Hair Shiny Guns even joined in for a few tunes, as Michael was away with his family.
We are very honoured that we were a part of this community event and hope to continue to show our support for our local folks by showing up, doing a good deed, and always sharing a smile.
That's about it for June. What a wild cosmic ride.
Thanks for sharing the love,
Canadian Singer Songwriter night at Bernard's
Having fun with the Eleventh Doctor at Anglicon
Father's Day Ceilidh in the Park, in Victoria, BC, Canada
Before the show! Ground breaking for the YMCA in Stanwood.
Keeping in Shiny, construction style, with Big Hair Shiny Guns!
Sunday, 31 May 2015
What a Wonderful Month!
Music has brought so many incredible folks into my life. Had I not been performing I never would have met Melody Benbow-- my sister in song, my hubby -- who ran an open mic in Tulsa, OK, and countless others who make my life a joy!
On the 1st of May, I shared a bill with Ric Taylor from LA at Egan's Jam House in Ballard. Ric is an incredible songwriter and all around witty guy. It was true honour to share the stage with him! He cracks me up with his fabulous personality. And he makes a divine cookie! It was a great night of song and story.
On May 9, we had a double header that day! First, we had the honour of playing at the Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day at Lake Union Park .We are joining such great bands such as The Whateverly Brothers and The Drunken Maidens. It was great to be associated with the Maritime community of Seattle. It was a great time. Then we played at the Ould Triangle in Greenwood for a rip roaring good night of music! Our alumni, Kelly Blanchard, ran sound for us and joined us on a few tunes. We were honoured to have him and play for the folks! We even had a local artist draw our name! Gotta love art inspired by art!
On Mothers day, May 10th, we played on Camano Island at the Collective! This venue is quickly becoming one of our most favourites to play. The folks of Camano are warm and welcoming and we just love singing for them.
My Country band, Big Hair Shiny Guns, had the honour of playing at Audra's Daddy's 80th birthday party! We learned many of Bob's favourite tunes and was so happy to watch him dance with Peg, Audra's mom. Music truly is a catalyst for celebration. We had whoops and hollerin'! We even had a crash and burn on the dance floor. I'd say it was a huge success!
Over Memorial Day weekend, my Canadian Duo, Syren, was thrilled to return to Northwest Folklife to a grand audience at the Trad Stage. SeaStar's own, Michael Falcone, sat in with us as our regular rogue laddie, Terry James, had a gig in Victoria BC that day. We were happy to have Michael as we had the crowd singing and clapping! We even sold all of our CDs! But we have a new one coming out. To hear a preview click here. After we did a little busking and were joined by a young lad named Jackson. He stole our hearts! Gotta love playing at festivals!
We finished off this month with a return to Camano Island for their Beer & Brats Fest at Freedom Park. We shared the stage with our friend Clint McCune and his band. After we also played a set at The Collective and jammed with Clint and company. For me it was the true start of summer! Dancing, laughing, singing, and playing! Keeps the heart in the sun.
June is around the corner. I wonder what it will bring!
Thanks for following us! We love you!
With the incredible Ric Taylor
Playing Ould Triangle - Photo by Kelly Blanchard
"Tubes of Fire!" at Camano Island's Collective On Tap
Playing the Trad Stage at Northwest FolkLife in Seattle
Wee Jackson keeps the rhythm going at Folklife
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
'Tis Been a Whirl!
Wow. I can't believe that so much time has passed since my last update. Please forgive the time lapse! March and most of April is a bit of a blur.
Jolly Old England
As you know, I left on March 9 for London. I had the extreme privilege to play at such great venues like The Dublin Castle, The Elephant Head, The Library, and Tommy Flynn's in the Angel area. I was over the moon to share my songs with so many welcoming ears. London is a lovely town. Highlights, besides performing, was seeing the Globe Theatre. Since my degree is in theatre, this was a bit of a homecoming. I loved it!
I also had the opportunity to head to Stonehenge, Avebury Henge, and the town of Salisbury. I felt as if I had returned to a grade 6 classroom with Mrs. Cosgrove teaching us about this mysterious stone circle. I have wanted to visit Stonehenge since then and, once I arrived, I assumed the wonder of a child. I sang a wee tune at Stonehenge (video to come) and then made it over to Avebury Henge to sing my tune Moon Jubilee. We made a music video and everything!
Be sure to check it out ---->
While in London, my friend Katrina and I decided a weekend in Paris may be in order. We took the EuroStar train through the "chunnel". Wow. What an amazing city. I absolutely feel in love with Paris. There is something about the history/mystery that whispers to the ear as one walks next to the Seine, watching the lights dance on the water. Perhaps it's the accordion players and the wine, and the croissants, and the cheese... and heavens! Do not forget all the incredible art and sculpture that ignites the urge to run out and buy a canvas and beret. And then there is the green fairy, Absinthe. Oh I could go on and on. I loved every mile I walked, every calorie I ate, every song I sang while walking along cobble stone streets lined with beautiful markets and attractive people. I could easily stay in Paris for awhile. It is a true artist place.
I did have the opportunity to play at the Pop In pub in the 11th arrondissement. It was a little place that felt as if it was ripped out of the 1960s. Folks sat on the floor and sipped wine while we sang songs from the heart. I loved every moment.
So much happened. So many little stories that I haven't even processed yet. All I can say is that a few songs will be created from these adventures. What a gift to go and experience the culture and music. My thanks to Katrina Cohn for taking care of me in London and for being such an amazing travel companion.
March & April Show Recap (stateside)
We played at Alexa's Cafe the first Saturday of March and April with our great friends, The Ginger Ups. What a fun time sharing songs!
We also had the opportunity to join my dear friends Goh Kurosawa and Clint McCune at the Stone Way Cafe the night before I left for London. I am constantly amazed by the talent that surrounds me. I am so utterly grateful to know such phenomenal players and people.
Ron, Falcone and I played at Conor Byrne's Open Mic on Easter Sunday as part of the RPM Showcase. It was really wonderful to see the boys performing their original tunes on stage! We may have to add a few of these to the set list for SeaStar!
May is booked FULL! We have some incredible shows coming for you!
May 1 (Friday) I am joining Ric Taylor from LA at Egan's Jam House in Ballard. Ric is an incredible songwriter and all around witty guy. It is a true honour to share the stage with him!
Show starts at 9pm.
May 9 (Saturday) We are playing Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day at Lake Union Park at 4pm. We are joining such great bands such as The Whateverly Brothers and The Drunken Maidens.
May 9th (again) 8pm we are at the Ould Triangle in Greenwood for a rip roaring good night of music! Hope you can join us!
May 10th (Sunday) we are on Camano Island for Mother's day at the Collective! Starts at 5pm.
May 23rd (Saturday) my Canadian Duo, Syren, will be rockin Northwest Folklife at 1:30pm! We are thrilled to return to this fun festival.
May 30th (Saturday) We return to Camano Island for their Beer & Brats Fest at Freedom Park. 12pm -5pm We will also play a set at The Collective sometime between 5pm and 7pm. So come out for the day and soak up the sun with us!
I think that covers everything!
Wow. What a lovely life. Thanks for all the love and support! I am so grateful for you!
After the show at the Stone Way Cafe
playing at the Dublin Castle in London
Playing at the Elephant's Head in London
Playing at the Pop In Pub in Paris
Me and Katrina at the Eiffel Tower
Look Mrs. Cosgrove! I'm at Stonehenge!!
Monday, February 23, 2015
Window to the World!
Last evening we played our very first online concert through ConcertWindow.com
Holy smokes! What a grand time! We played a 90 min set of music to 7 different countries, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, England, Scotland, Canada, and the US! INCREDIBLE! We took requests and were able to shout out to the folks by reading the chat dialogue that was coming in. We literally invaded people's homes! Slippery Pig Brewery in Poulsbo projected the concert in the pub so that the patrons could enjoy it! Several folks made way to their local libraries for free internet to watch the show too! Folks from our previous tours chimed in from distant lands to say hello and send some love. We are so very lucky.
Thanks to all that tuned in, and spent some time with SeaStar. We will be making a youtube video of the concert within the next week or so.
If you missed, do not fret. Just check back at our webpage and find the link.
This show was driven by Ron and his friend Tucker. Thank you lads for a smashin' job!! The lads created the scene, set all the cables and mics, and wrangled the computer technology perfectly. Tucker monitored all the video and audio feeds to give the best sound possible. Things looked and sounded great! A wealth of great feedback came in from the chat feature during the show and after. There were a few cases of internet drop out but we believe that Concert Window held up the video pretty well as those outages were not universal but individual. But we will continue to look into better ways to project the show nonetheless.
What a great afternoon! Thank you soo much for tuning in and watching! We are humbled by the great response!
Ron and Falcone are feverishly working on completing this year's RPM Challenge. They are doing great!
The RPM Challenge is a good kick in the backside to write 10 songs (or 35 mins of music) in the shortest month of the year, February. I have been brave enough to complete this challenge every year since 2007 (with the exception of 2011 when my father passed). There are no prizes. No one really wins anything. The payoff is that the artist has some great new material to play with. I have found this year very difficult to balance creativity with being a student of Gaelic, my second band Big Hair Shiny Guns, running my studio at 25 students, plus working the business and creative end of SeaStar. There still are a few days but my muse has been very shy.
I am very proud of Ron and Falcone for sticking to their creative guns this month! I am very excited to hear their new music!
Gung Haggis Fat Choy
WOW! Captain and I attended this unique and very successful event. It was an evening celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year and the 256th birthday of Robert Burns, the bard of Scotland. Held at the China Harbor Restaurant in Seattle, complete with kung fu and the slaying of the haggis, the event benefited local youth programs in the Scottish and Chinese cultures. This year event gave a great portion of its revenue to Northwest Junior Pipe Band who has played with us in the past. These talented kids are on their way to Glasgow in August to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships held on the Glasgow Green. We wish them all the very best on their journey!
From our concert at SoulFood in 2013
Hattie's Hat & the Ould Triangle
Thanks to all the kind folks who made it out on a school night to our show at Hattie's Hat on 3 February! We had a great time playing for friends and fans. We love those smaller kinds of shows. Interacting with our fans is completely the best!
After the show we headed over to the Ould Triangle in Greenwood to play at Kelly Blanchard's Open Mic. We shared a few tunes with our dear friend and sang a couple of new ones too. It was great to connect with Kelly and see that our friendship is still as true as the music that we made in SeaStar. Thanks so much, Kelly!
As a voting member of the Grammy Association, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the viewing party at the EMP in Seattle. It was a "rock formal" event with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. We viewed the Grammys on the massive screen of the Sky Church. It was a lovely evening with Audra, my fellow band mate in Big Hair Shiny Guns, as my beautiful date. We mingled with loads of local Grammy artists and made some new friends. We hope to attend the actual Grammy performance in 2016.
Upcoming Gigs and London
So much coming up! We play this coming Friday, 27 Feb at The Collective on Camano Island Saturday, 28 Feb at the Black Dog in Snoqualmie Friday, 7 March at Alexa Cafe in Bothell Sunday, 8 March at The Stone Way Cafe in Seattle with my dear friends Goh Kurosawa, from LA, and Clint McCune
And Monday, 9 March, I leave for London and Paris. I have a few wee shows planned. It will be quite the adventure! I will even take a wee journey up to Stonehenge! And I must sip Absinthe by the Seine (as my song Gypsy says I must do). I will be sending updates to my facebook page.
So incredibly thankful for this life. Thank you for coming along for the ride!
Photo by Dan Niven -- SeaStar live at the Shoreline Library!
Playing at the open mic at the Ould Triangle with Kelly
The Grammy Viewing Party at the EMP in Seattle
Seattle band, Jaded Mary, at the Grammy Viewing Party
Sunday January 31, 2015 (really Feb 2... as I was traveling)
Happy New Year!
Welcome to what I feel with be a diamond year!
Good things are on the horizon!
We started the year as we usually do, a beach fire at Golden Gardens Park on the 1st of January. We sang songs, held a toast to things past and things future.
Our first show of the year was on the 16th at Urban Coffee Lounge. We sang everything from Bluegrass to Jazz that night! Folks gave us some great feedback and it was nice to try some new things too! We had dancing children, kazoos, and lots of love from all who came. It was a great show!
Photo by Dan Niven - Thanks Dan!
Jimi Hendrix & Sewerhenge
On Robert Burns day, 25th January, we headed over to the grave site and memorial for Jimi Hendrix. We hadn't made a pilgrimage there before and seemed like the thing to do. About a week earlier, Captain and I had attended a concert by Patti Smith at the Moore Theatre. She reminded us that greatness was born here and that energy from these talented folks still lingers. She was referring to Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. And she was right. We are moved by those great artists as well as the countless others that we have met along the way who may not have achieved such notoriety yet but definitely have made us fans and hold great respect for their art.
On that sunny day, we said our hellos to Jimi, had a conversation with two lads who liked to swap picks at the memorial, and even sang Jimi a song. It was nice to connect to a bit of music history and pay reverence to an artist who wasn't really appreciated in Seattle until he left and came back famous. I believe that many cities are guilty of this, but it is something I somehow cannot forget. We are all stars; but, until you are lit by the press, it seems your light may only seen by the few observant folks and may blend in to the city's landscape. I suppose, for me, that is enough but it does bug me a bit that such greatness can go unnoticed.
Later that afternoon, we headed to the water reclamation plant in Renton and found Sewerhenge! It was a crazy, mad, magical place! Who would have thought we would find such a neat park. We took some new band photos that you will see as the year progresses. What a great day! Thanks to Rebecca for being our shutterbug!
Burns Supper in Victoria
Captain and I headed up to Victoria, BC on the clipper to participate in our yearly Burns Supper at the home of my Syren band mate, Melody Benbow. Many a song was sung. Many a dram was consumed. The night was a glow with the fabulous friends, the lovely selections of whisky, the conversations, and the delicious food (including Tablet! YUM!). The slaying of the Haggis was performed with perfect Glaswegian accents by our local "weegies" Shirley and Joe.
I find that the spirit of music and community is strongest in the small, intimate evenings ... the ones with low light, no amplification, and dear souls to fill the room with voices and laughter. I can find no greater gift than to hear a tune from a solo voice while the fire crackles and the kitty on the chair purrs. What a wonderful way to end the first month of 2015. Thanks to Melody and Terry for putting on a fabulous event!
Syren, Melody and I, will be performing on Father's Day, June 21, in Victoria for the annual Father's Day Cèilidh in Beacon Hill Park. Hope you can join us!
That's all for now! Thanks for the support! Wishing you the best year yet!
Happy New Year, Starheads!!
Sitting next to the Jimi Hendrix Memorial
Jimi and Me
Sewerhenge in Renton
Burns Supper in Victoria
Burns Monument in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC Canada
Wed, December 31, 2014
The Waning Year
2014 has been an incredible one! My thoughts are wrapped with the great joy and gratitude for all the glorious opportunities that came my way. From Glasgow to Krakow, new friends to new records, festivals and fabulous moments...
times I will never forget...
my heart is full with gratitude.
I can only imagine what 2015 will bring.
Castle Wall CD Release Party
My CD release party, held at Soul Food CoffeeHouse on Nov 22, 2014, was a glorious success. We had such a beautiful evening of music with a fabulous turn out. Looking back, I am so humbled by how many local friends and fans that we have. I am very grateful to those who took time out of their busy lives to come to the show and share their support. I am so fortunate.
The night started off with Orville Murphy and Jerry Middaugh. These two gentlemen won the hearts of everyone in that room. Their blend of stories and old time songs warms the soul. It was a true honour to have them open the night.
My band, that evening, consisted of Ron Allen, Clint McCune, Joel Gamble, Michael Falcone, and Captain Chambers. We rocked the house. I enjoyed what I was hearing so much that, at times, I was so immersed that I had to remind myself to change chords. Powerful instrumentation from everyone involved. The fiddle swirling out into the audience, the primordial power of the drum, the licks of lightning from the guitar, the twinkle of starfall from the piano, the rumble in the heart from the bass... and a voice soaring above it all. It was rather moving and, I have to admit, I felt just a little bit like a rockstar. I can honestly say that it was one of those nights that I will never forget.
Moving Right Along...
with good friends and old friends
As some of you may have noticed, we've had a bit of a lineup change recently. It is all good and we are all friends, just the path has moved into two. Our great friend Kelly Blanchard is working hard with his amazing band Blue Star Creeper. They have a new album called White Hot Starlight that is wonderful and big things are on the horizon for them. I cannot express enough how much I love this band. If you haven't heard them, you must! I have a great respect for Kelly and am incredibly grateful for his part in SeaStar. I know that our musical friendship will still exist in some shape in the future, but right now, I wish him every success that he deserves. Thanks from the bottom of my heart, Kelly.
Ron Allen, the fella who recorded Castle Walls and mixed our North Winds album, has taken on the role of second guitar. Ron, who is also the guitarist in Wynne C Blue and the Troublefakers, has a great ear for the Celtic world and we have had a great time over the last few weeks experimenting with different Celtic and folk styles. I hope that you will enjoy what he brings to the band. We've got some great new songs to bring to you!
Three Rivers Show in Pasco, WA
SeaStar headed back to Eastern Washington to play in Pasco for the Three Rivers Folk Society, the folks who put on the Tumbleweed Music Festival. It was a super fun adventure! We drove through a winter wonderland, saw the glorious full moon dancing on the Columbia, put on a grand show at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church to a lovely full audience, and even saw Santa and his minions of cheer! We had a great adventure! Thanks Three Rivers!
The Rest of the Month
The following weekend brought my winter recital from my studio. It was incredible! 18 students performed and a guitar ensemble too! Super proud. This December was the first time in ages that I had the Christmas spirit in full force. My Fa la la la lah meter was off the charts. This was primarily because of Audra, the tallest Christmas elf you'd ever meet. The month ended with Christmas in Tulsa with Mom, sister, and my inlaw family. I had my final show of the year at the Gypsy Coffeehouse, the place where I met Adam so long ago. It was a great night of old and new friends. Thanks to all the folks who came out! And dear thanks to the Gypsy!
On the last days, I sat with a 94 year old granny and said hello to a whale. I watched the snow flakes fall and got swept away in my sister's laugh.
2014 was beautiful.
And as I type this, the temperature is dropping. The year is over in mere hours. I sit, awaiting a plane ride back to Seattle, with a full thankful heart. I have so much gratitude for all the incredible things that happened. If I could write down all the adventures that took place in 2014, I would would fill a full manuscript. Such a grand life. Thank you!
London/Paris on the horizon.... Scotland later in the year... but more music, more dreams, more living to be had. I encourage you to live louder. Push the bar. Laugh more and spend less on social vampires and material things. Get outside more and connect with folks. A smile can change the world. I believe that.
Judge less and hug more.
and most importantly...
With a peaceful and thankful heart,
I wish you a Happy New Year.
2015 will be a diamond year! I can't wait!
Biglove and hugs,
Murph and Middaugh playing with such heart!
My incredible band for the night! Captain Chambers,
Michael Falcone, Joel Gamble, Clint McCune, and Ron Allen.
For more photos from the release visit my facebook page
For more photos from our Pasco, WA adventure, visit our Facebook page
The last show of the year, Gypsy Coffeehouse in Tulsa, OK.
Thanks to my sister, Cathy, for taking this nice photo.
Monday, November 10, 2014
11 November 2014
Well, it's almost here! I am still waiting to hear from Itunes but they have all the info and the new album should be posted in the next week. Sometimes it is easy for me to be impatient when I tend to work on deadlines while others do not.
But never fear.... you can have your very own copy of the new album HERE!
If you download it from my bandcamp site, you will receive a bonus track that is unavailable on the album! So, not only will you have it ontime, you will have an extra song too!
Thanks for supporting my music!
Hope to see you at the CD Release Party on
Sat 22 November 2014 at Soul Food Coffeehouse
15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA
With thanks, love, and warm hugs!
The new record, Castle Walls, is composed of some of Fae's earliest works, traditional pieces that she adores, and some of her most recent tunes. Like a castle wall, the record contains a few foundational songs that Fae performed very early in her career. Stone by stone, story after story, the journey continues.
Recorded during the first half of 2014, by Ron Allen at Four Lumen Studio in Kirkland, Washington, Fae continued to travel during the recording process. The record and arrangements seemed to be seasoned by her travels. She is very grateful for the fine friends and musicians who played on this album, often with little to no rehearsal. The record was mastered by Seattle legend, Chris Hanzsek. Castle Walls is a fine example of a songwriter's journey through mystery, history, love, and loss.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Michael & Rebecca!
Our band mate, brother, and friend said "I do" on Saturday, November 1, 2014 a' top of the historic Sorrento Hotel in the heart of Seattle.
Family and friends shared an evening of great music, Halloween themed decorations, and whimsical displays of affection.
It was an honour to sing at this beautiful wedding!
We are all so happy for you! Here's to years and years of happiness and love!
Love you both!,
Friday, October 31, 2014
& the Dreaming
The falling leaves, the patter of summer echoes that skip the ground, the colour racing to freedom, brings a smile to my heart. The blushing trees are vivid against the grey skies. Our breath takes form as our season transforms with the turn of the Celtic wheel.
Today, on Halloween, the veil between this world and the next is thin. Our ancestors are closest to us this eve. I remember each loved one fondly and give thanks for having them in my life. My thoughts are with my father and Mother-in-law as I miss them so much. They have been watching, smiling, and laughing, I know, with all my adventures. I work hard on making them proud everyday. I am so lucky to have had them in my life. And I will always do my best to share the best of what I know of them with the world.
Oh the path, scattered with bright colour love letters from the trees, bring a colourful journey.
Dreams circle, dancing, waiting. Time to create, plan, and and admire all the gifts of this year.
Autumn is fully upon us! Celebrate!
My solo record, Castle Walls, will be released on November 11, 2014. I am very happy with the outcome and hope that folks will enjoy it. This has been a magical adventure over this past year and my sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Ron Allen for all of the energy and hard work he put into this album, not only in an engineer sense, but also as an artist. I am very honoured to have Ron play on several tracks as well as Joel Gamble, Clint McCune,Orville Murphy, Captain Chambers, Michael Falcone, Kelly Blanchard, Doug Hayman, and Matteus Vaga. Many of these fine friends and performers will be joining me on stage at the CD Release Party!
Save the Date!
CD Release Party
will be held Saturday November 22 at
Soul Food Coffeehouse in Redmond 7:30pm.
We had the extreme honour to play at a party for our dear friend and King Starhead, TieDye John. It was a surprise from his daughter.What a grand evening of fine friends, family, good food, and music. Thanks for having us! We will help celebrate with you anytime!
Our Next Show is
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14 at Urban Coffee Lounge in Kirkland. 7:15ish
With sparkles, ponies, and lots of good deeds,
Comin November 11, 2014 to I Tunes, CD Baby, and Amazon
Playing TieDye John's Party
Bringing 1960s song circle to the evening...
Monday, September 29, 2014
Summer Sizzle & Slumber
The remainder of summer flew on with great wings! From Tumbleweeds to twinkling moments, I soaked in every moment of it! And now, the trees are blushing...
Autumn is upon us.
Tumbleweed Music Festival
Over Labour Day Weekend, we played at the Tumbleweed Music Festival It was breathtaking! Firstly, the wind kicked up and almost blew us over. We saw trees dancing and tumbleweeds.. well, tumblin'! I wondered if that was why the festival was called Tumbleweed! Wow!
Luckily, we didn't blow away. Many of our musical friends were there and it was a pleasure to stroll under old Oak trees and hear the songs from old to new.
I was selected as one of the finalists in the Tumbleweed Songwriting Contest. I was humbled and privileged to play with 9 other talented folks in the contest concert. I didn't take home a prize but was honoured just the same.
We had such a grand time playing near the Columbia River on the South Stage on Sunday afternoon. The crowd was stellar! Hoops and Hollers! We sold out of our CDs! wow. Thank you soo much for the warm reception! We LOVED playing for you!
While Kelly was away at Burning Man, we were thrilled that our friend Ron Allen could accompany us on this journey. We had a swell time with him and look forward to other musical adventures with him and his band Wynne C Blue & Her Troublefakers.
Urban Coffee Lounge
Urban Coffee Lounge was on the 5th of September. Always a pleasure to play at this fine coffeehouse! We sang songs of summer and got the place rockin'! Such a treat for us! Thank you!
I played my final Bothell Farmers Market for 2014 on the 19th. It was such a warm day. There wasn't shade for me at the market so I decided to sing at the end of the boat! It was a perfect place to bring forth a song.
I had a fan travel 2,400 miles from Galveston, Texas to hear me sing! That's right! Ross, a lovely piper whom I met while Dougie MacLean was in town last fall, came strolling through the village and made a few requests! It was wonderful to see him again! I was soo surprised!
It's finally finished.
Ron and I went over to Chris Hanszek's studio to get the album mastered. 12 tracks. Some traditional, mostly original, and thankfully finished. This is the longest project that I have ever had. Travel puts many things on hold. I am grateful for the immense amount of time that Four Lumen Studio put into this record. I am equally thankful for the amount of talent from dear friends that also went into this recording.
I am finalizing the artwork and soon I will have a brand new record to bring to you! Save the Date!
CD Release Party
will be held Saturday November 22 at
Soul Food Coffeehouse in Redmond.
Our show schedule is slim at the moment. I need a little time to recharge and regroup. Thankful for all the wonderful support and love from all over the world.
This life is truly a gift.
The new year will bring SeaStar back into the studio. We have a ton of new music that we cant wait to record for you! So good things are coming....
Get lost in the magic of Autumn
At Tumbleweed ~ photo by Tumbleweed Music Festival
Songwritng Contest ~ Photo by Tumbleweed Music Festival
Urban Coffee Lounge 5 Sept 14 ~ photo by Dan Niven
photo by Dana Parsons
Monday, August 11, 2014
Across the Pond & Back Again
On Thursday August 7, I returned from my one month stay in Poland. I was on an exciting adventure teaching voice and guitar as part of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s TEACHING ENGLISH IN POLAND Camp held in Załęcze Wielke, Poland.
The experience was life enriching.
I spent the first 3 weeks of my journey teaching 64 high school level students. They were incredible! I was under the direction of my high school theatre teacher, Tom Rusnak. He inspired 10 teachers and 10 Teaching Assistants to enlighten, inspire and educate the 117 students attending this year's Fine Arts Camp. The camp is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation of New York. It is dedicated to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increase American understanding of Polish culture and history. Founded in 1925, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Thaddeus Kosciuszko's enlistment in the American revolutionary cause, the Foundation is a national not-for-profit, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian organization.
I had 4 classes a day, 5 days a week. We focused on guitar, voice, sight-reading, and movement in rhythm. The students learned such songs like "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, "Learn Me Right" by Mumford and Sons, "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay, "Cups" from Pitch Perfect, an improvisation on minor pentatonic scales as well as a group number, "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. I also held an advance guitar activity that brought forth a gypsy jazz ensemble of 9 guitars and 2 vocalists. We performed "I'm Confessin" as part of the Expo or final performance day in camp. Also performed at the Expo was the Improvisation on the Minor Pentatonic Scale for my beginning guitar students as well as 48 students singing and performing Cups. This was AWESOME!
Aside from watching the students grow, I too had a bit of a personal growing experience. I had experienced a bit of tummy troubles while at camp (10days of bread and water to be exact). On the last Sunday of the camp, I took a rest day and picked up my ukulele. I wrote a wee song about camp and saying goodbye. There was a talent show scheduled a couple of days later and I thought that I may perform it.
As I was watching the talent show, the day waned. It became darker and darker and I wasn't sure if I would be able to read my words. Plus I was feeling vulnerable with such a new song that I had pretty much convinced myself to play something more rehearsed and shiny. I put my uke down and tuned my guitar for an old standby tune. Just then, my student comes off stage from playing and tells me, "Fae! I was brave!", something that I had been telling the students to be from the first day of classes. I said, "Yes! you were. It's time I was brave too."
So knock kneed and heart bursting from my chest, I went on stage. I explained that the song was so new that I needed some help from everyone. I taught the chorus first and away we went. When it was over, my students cheered. It was a very humbling experience. After the song, Tom asked if we should sing that song at the close of Expo. I was shocked. Really?
On Thursday July 31, at the close of camp, at the end of the Expo performance, with the help of 117 students and about 40 staff members, my new song "Hold on Till Tomorrow" or "The Camp Song" was sung to a room full of parents and friends. It was one of the most precious moments of my musical career. I will never forget that moment, those students, that feeling.
We had days off from teaching. Weekends were field trips to nearby cities for culture and history. In my short time in Poland I experienced adventures in such cities as Warsaw, Łódź, Wrocław, Wieluń, Kalisz, Krakow, Częstochowa, Wieliczka's Salt Mine, Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains. I kayaked on the Warta, strolled along the Odra River, and sipped whiskey on the Vistula River. I visited castles, churches, museums, Auschwitz, saw the President of Poland, sang with 800+ people in the centre of Krakow, performed for the Marshall of Łódź and more! It was such an amazing journey!
With the jet lag still lingering, and the magic of travel still swirling in my heart, more new songs are coming! As well as my new CD, Castle Walls!
Our show in Edmonds yesterday afternoon was very sweet! What a great welcome home!
Tumbleweed Festival at the end of the month!
I am in the top 10 finalists for the songwriting contest with my song "Woodcarver". Looking forward to performing and hearing such great folk performers.
Oh summer... you woo me.
let's hold on just a little longer.
Thanks for listening and following!
Last day of class with Kazoos!
Where I stayed at camp
Krakow Renik - St. Ann's
Tom Rusnak, our fearless leader, in the Tatra Mountains
Monday, June 30, 2014
Kenyon Hall, Cama Beach,
We had another incredible month of music! Our first show in June was at the beautiful Kenyon Hall in West Seattle. Within these historic walls, music swirled and sang with warm voices and root beer float smiles. Big Hair Shiny Guns opened the eveing with some great "new" old-time tunes. Shortly after, legendary storyteller and harmonica player, Orville T Murphy joined us for a few tunes as well! He recently recorded a harmonica part for "Vidalia", a tune that is on Fae's upcoming solo album, Castle Walls.
The show was one of our nicest. The audience participation was top notch. Best kazoo chorus we have ever had! Thanks to Lainey Ballew for presenting a grand evening. And thanks to Lou Magor for being our Master of Ceremonies and for playing the incredible Whirltzer! WoW!
Camano Island was the next night! What a gathering of amazing souls to honour Dena Marie, long time StarHead and cheerleader. We enjoyed playing to the sea and the smiling faces at Cama Beach.
On Friday, June 13 I did a radio interview on Alternative Talk Radio 1150 AM with Dena Marie as well as our first Bothell Farmers Market performance. The radio spot aired the world premiere of "The Wild", a song from my upcoming solo album. Twas a great day to talk about music community and then share the music with the folks at the market!
What a charmed life we lead!
Across the pond..
Captain and I traveled to Victoria the following weekend. My band Syren was playing the Victoria Folk Club on Father's Day. Seems like a tradition for us to play on Dad's Day. A special time with an amazing audience (full to fire code), standing ovation, encore and sold out of our CDs. I'd say that was quite the night! Melody and I recorded a few tunes the following day. Slowly but surely Syren's new record is coming!
Inspiring Young Musicians
My summer camp, Summer Voices, was a huge success! We had some wonderful talent this year! All the campers learned a few penny whistle tunes, created incredible art pieces, and we had an amazing recital. I am renewed, albeit exhausted, by this yearly camp. It's a ton of work and worth every hour of prep and enthusiasm. I am honoured to be a teacher. And thankful to have such amazing students in my studio, Syren's Voice
Last weekend of June
Susie's Night of Stars was the next performance opportunity on Sat June 28. My friend and engineer of my new solo album, Ron Allen, join me to play a wee set at this benefit concert helping a working mom with breast cancer. It was a beautiful evening of warm music and hearts.
Tonight, Monday June 30, we play Hatties Hat in Ballard. This will be my last show before going to Poland. I hope you can join us!!
Next Stop... Poland!!!
I leave in 10 days!
On July 10th, 2014, I will embark on an exciting adventure teaching voice and guitar as part of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s TEACHING ENGLISH IN POLAND Camp held in Załęcze Wielke, Poland.
The Kosciuszko Foundation is dedicated to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increase American understanding of Polish culture and history. Founded in 1925, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Thaddeus Kosciuszko's enlistment in the American revolutionary cause, the Foundation is a national not-for-profit, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian organization.
The Arts Enriched English Language Camp presents a rare opportunity for Polish students (upper elementary through high school) to experience a curriculum focused on the Arts: visual, auditory, performance, and literary with classes conducted in the English language. Most schools in Poland do not offer Fine Arts Classes so this is a real treat for students interested in the arts!
This is an un-paid position.
For one month, I am generously donating my time, experience, and passion to help keep the world singing and participating in the performing arts. It is a dream of mine to bring countries together without borders through the common language of music and song.
If you would like to make a donation to help me with her travel expenses and such, you can do so here..
. I hope to update regularly on Facebook and on this website about my adventures. Thanks for the support!
I return from Poland on the 7th and SeaStar's first show for August is Edmond's Concerts in the Park on Sunday August 10 at 3pm. I hope you can join us!
Until then, Thanks for following, supporting, and sharing in the adventure! With love,
An Intimate Night of Music
Save the Date!
We have been asked to play an evening of music Sat. June 7, 2014, 7:30pm at Kenyon Hall This will be in intimate night of music and stories from our travels to Ireland, Turkey, and Scotland. We have some great new music that we would love to share with you too! Fae will also speak about her upcoming tour in Poland and may even be a preview of Fae's solo album "Castle Walls"! Fae's new trio, "Big Hair Shiny Guns" will open the night with their shiny 3 part harmonies!
Reserved table seats, $14; Reserved row seating, $10 general/$8 seniors; At the door, $12 general/$10 seniors. Under 18, $5; Preschool free. Reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone (206) 937-3613
Kenyon Hall 7904 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA
Hope to see you!!!
Double Header Weekend
We had a blast this past weekend playing at Soul Food Coffee House on Friday night and then Flying Apron Cafe on Saturday night! We had the opportunity to roll out some new tunes and play some tunes that we haven't played in years! Thanks to all the fine folks who came out and supported us!
This weekend is Folklife at Seattle Center! We will be busking on Friday! Stop by and say hi!
This month Fae had the honour to meet Gordon Bok, the singer songwriter who penned the additional lyrics to one of her favourite songs, "The Cuillins of Rhum". Gordon played at the Phinney Ridge center and gave an incredible performance with longtime folk companion, Carol Rohl. Fae also secured permission to use the lyrics on her upcoming solo album, Castle Walls. Thanks Gordon!
Music at the Upstairs is always a treat! With our favourite barman, Andy, slinging classic and creative spirits, we had the honour of playing to an intimate audience in the heart of Belltown. We unveiled 3 new tunes at this micro-show and enjoyed some great conversation with our fans.
Medicine.. Stars.. Traffic
An amazing evening of music resonated in Shoreline on Friday, April 25 as The Big Medicine, SeaStar, and Letters from Traffic brought down the house at local hotspot, Darrell's Tavern. We had a packed house and a grand time was held by all! Thanks to all who came out to support us!
SeaStar Takes Scotland! The MOVIE!
Join us as we tour through tiny villages, seaside castles, ancient ruins, and give a thrilling performance in Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival! Filmed in Scotland
30 October - November 8, 2013.
Directed and edited by Michael Falcone.
Original music by SeaStar.
Thanks for all the love!!
-Fae, Captain, Falcone, & Kelly
Gordon Bok and Carol Rohl at Phinney Ridge on 5 April 2014.
SeaStar plays The Upstairs on 6 April 2014
Photo by Stephen Spickard
SeaStar playing at Darrell's Tavern 25 April, 2014
Wow. The end of February was lovely! We had a great time playing with our friends Wynne C Blue and her Troublefakers at the Skylark. Fae even found Nessy in her beer! What a find!
Fae finished her 7th RPM challenge album and we have been enjoying learning new tunes from it. Lots of folklore on this wee album that she wrote and recorded in just 13 days. You can here it at her bandcamp page
We had a serious 'Get Ready for St Paddy's Hootenanny' at the Urban Coffee Lounge on the 7th of March! Full house, lots of dancing, and some serious kazoo playing! Such a great time! Thanks for all our fans and friends who came out to support us!
Fae had a great show with Melody in Mill Creek, Washington when Syren played the Country Club for St Paddy's weekend! Lots of singing and laughs! Fae and Melody have a special vocal blend that charms the world. If you haven't heard these ladies, you should!
Fae ended the month by playing a solo gig as part of the Singer Songwriter night at Hattie's Hat in Ballard. She shared the stage with Jeff Greer, Val D'Alessio, Ethan Freckleton, and was back by Paul Beaudry, and Kubby Casual. It was an enchanting night of great song writing and singers.' Fae also played her mandolin, Rosie, for the 4th time ever in public! If you haven't heard Rosie yet, you will! Fae's in love!
Speaking of love, Fae has a new bodhran from Belgarth Bodhrans in the Orkney Isles. Custom made by Eoin Leonard, this beauty will be a symbol of the magic that SeaStar experienced on their tour in bonny Scotland!
Well, it's official! Fae is about to head out on another journey! As part of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Teaching English in Poland Program (TEIP), Fae will be teaching music for one month in Załęcze Wielke, Poland. That means she will miss her favorite festival, Index Arts Fest, but the lads have promised to make an appearance on her behalf. As more details roll in about Poland, we will post it here.
It's here! If you wish to order a copy, please do so by emailing us at email@example.com
$15 plus $2 Shipping. You may pay by paypal to the address above or visit our bandcamp page to order.
That's all for now!
Thanks for following us!
-Fae, Captain, Falcone, & Kelly
SeaStar's latest release, North Winds, is the Album of the Week on Celtic Music Radio! Fae sat down with Ross MacFadyen for a week interview last week while she was in Glasgow attending the Celtic Connections Festival. The interview will be aired three times this weekend. What an honour!.
Thanks, Celtic Music Radio!
Listen to Fae's performance at
If you missed Fae's performance on the live radio broadcast from the Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections you can hear the interview pre show and the entire performance HERE
Thanks to Liz Clark for the opportunity to perform and to Celtic Music Radio for the broadcasting! It was a great time!
What an amazing adventure. I must be honest that I was a little nervous taking a leap, flying solo, to Glasgow for 18 days. Boy, am I glad that I did.
Celtic Connections is an epic festival that brings in talent from the famous to the up and coming. It runs for 18 days and covers the entire Glasgow area. To have been asked to play was quite the honour! While I did not win the competition, I was rewarded in so many ways!
I am very thankful for all the serendipity that occurred that week. I had wonderful experiences with the locals, saw some friends from Perthshire Amber like Malcom and Evelyn who we met in Seattle last year while they were on holiday. They couple are from Perth and they attended our show during Perthshire Amber. I was over the moon to see them in Glasgow for my performance! They even bought tickets for the final show thinking that I was certainly going to be on, but alas was not. Such support and love. I appreciate them so!
I made loads of new friends along the way, like Carol, who met me at the airport and looked after me! She even introduced me to Marmite and minced and tatties. Carol and I share a mutual friend, Joe Higgins. He arranged for us to meet and for that I am so grateful! Thanks Joe! Carol is a PHD, a mum, and a great little singer. She and her friend Jim may be performing in Glasgow during the next few months! Keep an eye out for them! They are great!
I met a yank by the name of Lori who was also traveling alone. We met at the Mitchell Library on Robert Burns day during the lectures that the University of Glasgow conducted. We shared lots of great conversation and a wee dram in the Robert Burns room of the library. We got along so well that we went on more adventures together! She introduced me to her dear friend Gerry, who, for the record, is always right! (And ironically, he is! ) He showed us around town and took us to Ayrshire to see the birthplace of Burns and to the Brig O'Doon! Such times!
Then all the musical friends and moments that will resonate in my mind. Oh! and my solo adventures all around Glasgow, a trip to the Isle of Arran, and singing Auld Lang Syne at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery with 60 other singers on my last night in town. What an adventure!
Thanks for all the support and love!
Thanks to Glasgow, to friends, new and old!
Thanks to the music makers and the dreamers of dreams!
Feeling pretty alive at the moment.
Fae sings at
Celtic Connections in Glasgow
20 January 2014!
On 10th of January, Fae received word to play at the world famous Celtic Connections Music Festival in Glasgow Scotland. She and 60 other acts took to the Danny Kyle Open Stage to bring new talent into this exciting and prestigious Celtic Festival . The festival hosts talent like Dougie MacLean, Capercaillie, Julie Fowlis, Suzanne Vega, and more! Fae flew out and attended the entire 2 week long musical adventure. Her performance was on 20 January 2014 at the auditorium at Adelaide's, which is an old church dating back to the late 1800s. Her songs and voice were well received and she had a great time! Her performance was recorded and can be listened to at Celtic Music Radio
Fae also did a little radio interview that will air the first week of February so stay tuned to our facebook page for dates and times
Fae was happy to be reunited with musical friends like Marc Clement, Gordon Gunn, Charlie McKerron, Ross Ainslie, Laura Beth Salter, Lorne MacDougal, Gina McLeod, Alan Jordon, and Jonnie Hardie. The time was spent networking, jamming, and seeing some incredible talent from the UK, Europe, Australia, and South Africa.
New Solo Album
Fae is currently working on a solo album that features some traditional material as well as some quieter tunes that she rarely has the opportunity to play at shows. She has invited some incredible guest musician to play. The album will be released in Spring 2014.
Thanks for following us! We have loads of new shows coming up so we hope to see you soon!
Fae, Captain, Falcone, and Kelly
Fae playing the Danny Kyle Stage in Glasgow!
Michael adds some dreamy piano on Fae's new solo album!
Monday, January 20, 2014
Back in SCOTLAND!
Wow. On New Year's Day, at our annual fire at the beach, Kelly asked me if I wanted to go back to Scotland. I said I would leave tomorrow. Well it almost happened that way! Some pretty unbelievable events came to be...
On Friday, 10 Jan, I received an email from Celtic Connections with an invitation to perform on the Danny Kyle Open Stage. I had submitted at the end of November thinking I had a snowball's chance in hell to make it. Well I did! Caught me of guard. I literately had to book a plane ticket that day and get the arrangements together. Liz, the coordinator, had seen our performance at the Perthshire Amber Festival and asked if I could make it this year. She even said that in the event that I could no make it that they would take me for next year! Wow! Would they even remember me next year? Hmm.. I thought it best to strike while the iron was hot and I went for it with the help of my friends and family.
I arrived on the 16th of January and plan to be here until the 3rd of Feb. The Open Stage where I am playing is a judged stage. Over 60 performers will be on that stage over the course of the festival. Only 6 will be chosen to come back next year. Perhaps I may not have a snowball's chance, but the dreamer side of me made a little wish on a falling star. Let's see if I can put this on in my pocket for a rainy day.
I have had a great time so far exploring Glasgow, catching up with Perthshire Amber friends, and making new ones along the way.
The concert is today and I have a wee bit of nerves. It will be broadcast on Celtic Music Radio if you want to check it out. The concert is 4pm Glasgow time, that's 7 hours ahead of Seattle time.
Even if I am not selected, I hope to continue to be inspired by this beautiful country and its people. I cant even express how lucky I feel. I miss the boys terribly. Traveling alone is both romantic and kind of lonely. Thankfully the Scots are so friendly and willing to strike up a conversation. Makes me feel part of the tribe.
More in the coming days.
Wish me luck!
Getting ready to fly away!
Where I am staying... Adelaide's
Hanging with the lads.. Gordon, Davy, Mac, Jonny and Marc
When I look back at this year, I am just amazed by it. We had so many incredible adventures and experiences. We formed a new line up, recorded new tunes to 1/2"tape, played many a festival, raised the funds for a tour to California and Scotland, won a song writing contest, released the new record North Winds, played with many amazingly talented folks, and witnessed beauty beyond words.
We ended this year with as much fun as we started . This month hosted our Eastside CD Release Party at SoulFood Books and it was extraordinary. Our opener was very special. We had a few teens from the Northwest Junior Pipe Band join us for a rousing start of the show! Highland dancers, drummers and a sweet piper made the evening start off with a bang! The Northwest Junior Pipe Band is going to Glasgow in 2015. We felt that since folks supported us going to Scotland that we should bring awareness to this fine group of teens and help them get there too!
After the piper and dancer performances, we screened a little of our new DVD that we are in the process of finishing, SeaStar Takes Scotland. The film captures the beauty and the stories that touring brings to light. We hope to have it finished by the start of February. You can pre-order it by emailing us at seastar at jetbutterfly dot com
We continued the evening with Haggis tasting and a great show with lots of audience participation. I think it was one of our best nights even if my voice wasn't in full form due to a terrible cold that stole it away for nearly 10 days. A humbling experience indeed.
The following week, I had the great opportunity to play at Harissa's in Seattle with George Sadak. He and I put together a Middle Eastern Christmas album called Christmas Tapestry ~ East Meets West in 2010. We had a grand night with 3 glorious dancers. Captain and Falcone helped me out that evening with some back up. I believe that it got us all into the Christmas spirit!
Tulsa was the next stop. I played at Foolish Things Coffeehouse with Mark Gibson. It was a great night of friends and family. I even got to play my new guitar that I got for Christmas! My new Taylor friend will be recorded on my upcoming solo album that will be coming in Spring.
And now... it's the end of the year. In these last few hours of this wonderful year I sit here and reflect on how lucky we are to have such great fans, friends, and family. The music brings us together. It warms us from the inside out. How fortunate it is to beable to do this. Thank you.
2014 will be about travel and new music.
We will push our limits.. expand our sound, and keep growing as musicians and travelers. I sincerely hope to return to Scotland as well as find new places to adventure. Berlin is calling... perhaps it is time to explore my German roots.
We wish you well in 2014.
May all your dreams find light and hope.
folks from the Northwest Junior Pipe Band - 13 Dec 2013
When I look back at the last month I am rushed with emotions. Scotland was like a dream. We walked where the veil between daydream and reality was thin. When it comes to describing the immense beauty and magic that we felt. I am often at a loss for words. My heart is so full with gratitude. What an amazing journey!
The Perthshire Amber was unlike any festival that we have been a part of. The festival is run by lots of family; blood or friendship, it doesn't matter. There is a closeness that the festival generates that has forever changed how I wish to share music. It seems that in Scotland, music begins at an early age and is a continued conversation over the years of development. One doesn't have to be musical to take part in the dialogue, as those who listen are just as important as those who create it. The pubs are filled with sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sharing a musical conversation. Grans and Grand Fathers are also there sharing in the history, folklore, and adding the stories to be passed to the next generations.
As part of the Festival we were able to play on a Song Bus, host a session at the Perth Arms, play the beautiful and prestigious Perth Concert Hall with Dougie MacLean and his mega talented friends (to a near sold out audience!), and perform at Scotland's smallest distillery, Edradour.
In between the performances there was time to share songs and stories with the entire cast and crew after hours in the Royal Dunkeld Pub. Such beautiful moments! Gorgeous songs, glowing tunes.. moments that will burn in my heart for my lifetime.
Thanks to the entire Perthshire Amber crew for the wonderful hospitality and opportunity (including Marty and Michael the sound GODS!). Thanks to the Royal Dunkeld for the beautiful place to lay our heads. Thanks to our new musical friends, Charlie McKerron, Buddy MacDonald, Gina MacLeod, Alan Jordan, Ewen Sutherland, Marc Clement, Ross Ainslie, Anderson McGuinty Webster Ward & Fisher, Calum Buchanan, Gordon, MacLean, Pete Garnett and so many others! I am in awe of your talents! I bask in your glow! To Dolina MacLean for her beautiful smile, lovely stories, and raising a super amazing son, Dougie. And sincere thanks to Dougie and Jennifer MacLean and their incredible powerhouse team for organizing and executing such a fine tuned festival! Thank you Thank you!
While we were in Scotland we had the opportunity to travel a bit and visited many beautiful places. We went and said hello to the Old Man of Stor on the Isle of Skye. I ran through the castle grounds and had a conversation with a robin friend at Eileen Donan Castle. We took a ferry to Stromness in the Orkney Islands to see the Neolithic chambered cairn called Maeshowe. The Orkney Islands blessed us with rainbows, selkies, stone circles and kind folks. We walked where the tides came together to see a Viking settlement while the sky turned raspberry gold. We ran through the gardens at Dunrobin Castle and whistled tunes to magpies.
Scotland was a dream that I didn’t want to wake from.
Be on the lookout for our new DVD all about Scotland!! We hope to have it ready for sale by Friday December 13 at our Eastside CD Release party at Soul Food Books in Redmond!
Festival application season is in full force. I have applied to many festivals across the globe. We will see where the winds will take us!
Solo CD for Fae. I have never done a full solo studio album. I think that it is time. I hope record this winter and have a new CD ready for you listening ears by the summers first light.. Stay tuned!
Thank you for listening, following, and cheering us on.
You mean the world to us.
Have a glorious Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, St Andrew's Day and start of the last month of 2013.
Performance at the Perth Concert Hall. Photo by Rosie Leitch
Sound check at the Perth Concert Hall with Buddy MacDonald
Fae singing on the Song Bus!
Making music on Halloween at the Taybank in Dunkeld
Playing at a session in the Perth Arms
Monday, October 28, 2013
An entry from Fae's band website, SeaStar
Twas the night before Scotland...
I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. My excitement about exploring bonnie Scotland is as great as the feeling I had as a child eagerly awaiting Santa's arrival. I am swooning over the ideas of selkies, Vikings, Celts, glens, lochs, castles, whisky, and tartan. My excitement can't be contained when I talk about the Perthshire Amber Festival! We are playing at the fest in sessions 31 Oct - 2 Nov. Our main concert will be the evening of 2 Nov at the Perth Concert Hall. wow!
The last few weeks have been amazing and intense. My tour to LA was very successful. I had the privilege to play with Clint McCune for the week! I attended a wonderful conference called Far West, met new musical friends, and saw the sights in Southern California. Hollywood was a blast!
Upon my return, SeaStar had its CD Release Party at Egan's Jam House in Ballard. It was a great night. All of our wonderful friends and family attended making the night warm and inviting. My voice was pretty tired from singing 8 days straight on tour. And I went back to teaching my 28 student roster on the next day after I returned home. I had to cancel my show up in Victoria BC due to vocal fatigue. I felt terrible for doing so, but I needed to. Thankfully I was able to reschedule for the spring.
But now... I am ready! Engines on and roarin' to go!
Let's fly away!!!
We will post occasionally on facebook while we are traveling. Hope you will follow us along the way!
Thanks for all the support and love!
We truly appreciate you!
-love, love, love,
From our show at the Urban Coffee Lounge on 25 Oct 2013
From our CD Release Party at Egan's on 19 Oct 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
An entry from Fae's band website, SeaStar
They are here!! Hooray!!
Our CD Release party will be held at Egan's Jam House
on Saturday October 19, 2013, 9pm.
We really hope to see you there.
Seriously a great time! My tour was a success and met many kind faces along the way!
What's next? Our CD Release party is this Saturday. Sunday morning I head to Victoria next to play with my sister in song at the Victoria Folk Club, then SeaStar has one more state side show in Kirkland at the Urban Coffee Lounge. Next stop.... Scotland!
Thanks for all the love and support!
Thank you!! We now have the funds to pay for mastering and duplication of our new CD
North Winds! WOW! Thanks so much!
We truly appreciate you!!
40 DAYS until we leave for SCOTLAND!
Dougie MacLean plays tonight at the Triple Door in Seattle. We are very excited about going! Fae has been a huge fan of Dougie's music. This whole adventure makes her burst with enthusiasm when speaking of it.
Dreams really do come true.
Learn more about the Perthshire Amber Festival!
Our CD Release party will be held at Egan's Jam House
on Saturday October 19, 2013, 9pm.
We really hope to see you there.
LA, Hollywood, Irvine
Fae is headed off to LA to play in Brilliant Strings the guitar gathering @ ArtShare LA, created by Goh Kurosawa. This is a fresh music series that takes place on the first Sunday of each month in the Artist District of downtown Los Angeles. From there she heads to Acadia to play in JC Hykes Songwriters night, Hollywood is the next stop to play the LA Women in Music songwriting night at teh M-Bar, and finally she will play 3 night in Irvine playing at the Far West Conference! Sounds like a great adventures! We wish her will with her music and promotions!
Thanks so much! You are magic!
-Fae, Captain, Falcone, and Kelly
The New CD from SeaStar
But we need YOUR help!
Drenched in Celtic undertones
and the spirit of the seas,
the new album from SeaStar will
sweep you away in the
It's exactly one month till my birthday.
If I could have our new record "North Winds" at the duplicators by the time I blow out the candles ...
WOW! that would be a dream come true!
We will release the new album in late September;
but I need your help to do so. I need to gather the funds for the mastered and duplication.
Please check out our KickStarter Campaign! We are so proud and excited to bring this music to you! I really believe that this is our strongest album to date!
"North Winds" was recorded on 1/2" tape at Green Arbor Studio by our very own Kelly Blanchard.
Ron Allen, from Wynne C Blue and her Troublefakers, is mixing the CD. Pat Sample from Paradise Sound will be mastering it for us!
Such a great group of technical talents!
Thanks for everything you do and are!
with love and gratitude,
Thanks for looking!
And if you can't help financially,
please help us spread the word!
First Place in the Bob Kotta Memorial Songwriting Contest!
Fae received her first ever award for songwriting at the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival in Port Gamble Washington. Her song "Sailor" was well received by the panel judges. Her imagery in the tune was highly noted. She and Captain performed "Sailor" at the festival with Mike Freeman on percussion. The song will be released on our new "North Winds" due out early September 2013.
Bob Kotta was a Northwest musical force of nature. His band Howling Gael hailed from Portland, Oregon, and released two albums on vinyl in the late 1970's on the small Grassroots Music label. They became very popular amongst the locals and abroad. Their musicianship is exceptional and very pleasing to the ears of anyone who enjoys Irish and Old English folk music.
Thanks to the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival for the great honour, to the judges, and to the fans.
August 16th Concert!!
Join us at Soul Food Books on Friday, August 16 for an evening of new music, laughs, and surprises! We will be hosting a little auction, some silly raffles, and other SeaStar games to get our fans involved! We are so excited to be touring in Scotland and we hope to share as much as we can with you!
Concert night will be suggested donation of $5.
Bring your checkbooks! We will have lots of merch and things to bid on! Hope to see you!!
It's coming! North Winds will be released very soon! If you attend our show on the 16th you will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the new record with some special perks! Those of you who cannot make the show you can purchase the pre-release deal for $15 via paypal. fae13 at jetbutterfly dot com
Also the concert on Friday August 16th will be streamed live for those who cannot attend in person.
visit www.soulfoodbooks.com just click SoulFood TribeTV at the top of the page
Index Arts Fest!
We had a grand time at the Index Arts Festival this month! Thanks to Pat Sample for the glorious sound on his stage! The folks of Index, WA made our hearts full with all the love and bravos that we received. The Index Arts Festival is SeaStar's favorite festival by far.
Thanks for having us! See you next year!!!
Dont forget that we have our Tshirts available at Bandcamp now.
We also have SeaStar necklaces and other groovy merch at our shows! So dont forget to check the table at every concert. New stuff coming!
We are "On The Road To Scotland!' so by buying something 'SeaStar' you are helping us get there!
Thank you for that!!!
Such a sweet life. Thank you for everything!
-Fae, Captain, Falcone & Kelly
Fae on the ferry back to Seattle with her award!
Congrats to ye, Fae!
Fae and Captain play the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival
Our new CD is almost finished! We are in the mixing process and will have the CD available for sale at the end of the month! With that being said we will have some great package deals to help us get to Scotland!
so STAY TUNED!!!
Index Arts Fest is coming up this weekend! We love this festival and you will too. We play at 5:15pm. Bring the family! Hope to see you!
There is a rumor that SeaStar will be making an appearance at the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival on Saturday, August 10. We heard it on the wind and it sounded like applause.. it will be a grand day indeed!
Join us at Soul Food Books on Friday, August 16 for an evening of new music, laughs, and surprises! We will be hosting a little auction, some silly raffles, and other SeaStar games to get our fans involved! We are so excited to be touring in Scotland and we hope to share as much as we can with you!
Concert night will be suggested donation of $5.
Bring your checkbooks! We will have lots of merch and things to bid on! Hope to see you!!
We played Yakima Folklife on July 19 at Kana Winery and Bill's Place in Yakima. Thanks to all the kind folks who came out and supported this long running event. Yakima Folklife is a little gem in Eastern Washington, twas a great time to be a part of it! Thanks!
We have our Tshirts available at Bandcamp now.
We also have SeaStar necklaces and other groovy merch at our shows! So dont forget to check the table at every concert. New stuff coming!
We are "On The Road To Scotland!' so by buying something 'SeaStar' you are helping us get there!
Thank you for that!!!
Wow! What a summer!! Thanks StarHeads!
Love, thanks, and sparkles,
-Fae, Captain, Falcone & Kelly
SeaStar plays at Bill's Place as part of the Yakima Folklife Festival
Over the Solstice weekend, we began recording a new CD at Green Arbor Studios under the skilled hand of our very own Kelly Blanchard. We worked on 7 songs the first day and celebrated under the glorious super full moon! It occurred to us that our first studio recording, 'Home', was also started on a full moon. Bella Luna!
We have a little more to go on the CD. It will be an EP with 8 songs... but one never knows! You will have to stay tuned to find out if we record more *big grin*
New Band Shots
As you may have noticed we have some new band pics! We rehearse at this little caboose every week and it just seemed fitting to document it in our musical life.
Syren's Voice is Fae's studio where she teaches voice, guitar, uke, and other things. It's a magical environment to make music! So grateful to have the space.
We have more pics coming from other places too! And we are looking for really great ideas for more band shots. If you have any, let us know!
We would love to hear from you!
Festivals, Concerts, Merch!
We are ready to play a few festivals this summer! We are heading over to Yakima on the third weekend of July to participate in Yakima FolkLife. Always a treat to visit Yakima. Kind folks with big hearts, just like us.
Then we are playing Call To Africa, a fundraising music festival for one of Fae's students who is heading off to Africa to teach music for a little while. Sound be a great event!
And then, our favorite festival of summer, Index Arts Fest! First weekend in August, in the heart of downtown Index, Washington, is the best little festival we know. Under the direction and music expertise of Pat Sample from Paradise Sound (where we recorded Home), we will sing to the mountain and the amazing folks of Index, Gold Bar, Sultan, and neighboring communities. It is always a great day with beautiful artwork (live painting all day), poetry, dance, and of course, the gorgeous surroundings. We can't wait!
Summer is such a sweet time to play music! And we will play any chance we have! Please check out our Shows page for our full summer lineup!
We just got the official word that we will be traveling to bonnie Scotland at the end of October! We will be playing in the Perthshire Amber Festival in Perthshire! The Perthshire Amber Festival brings together many musicians and entertainers from different parts of the world who have been involved with Dougie MacLean over the years. I had the honour of sharing a pint with Dougie a few years back when he was in Seattle touring.
We are very excited and honoured to be apart of this festival and will have to work hard to gather the funds to get us there. So look forward to more merch and exciting fun ways to get involved and help us on our journey! Stay Tuned!!
April! Two great shows!
The first one was at Copper Gate in Ballard with the Molasses Theory! What a great night and a lovely little room! Thanks to Kubby for the great sound!
The other was at Black Dog in Snoqualmie on April 27. We shared the stage once again with the Molasses Theory! Such Fun!! What a grand crowd! Thanks to the beautiful community for coming out that night and supporting us and our music! We loved the vibe, the hugs, and the food! Thank you!
Our "May the Fourth" was a great evening! Lots of costumes and cosmic adventures! Thanks to Blue Star Creeper, The HayBurners, Samaya Tribe, and Wynne C Blue for joining us that night on stage! We have photos from that night on our Facebook Page
We are working on the new EP that we will have ready by summer's end! Lots of new shows being booked!
We are very grateful.
Greetings! And thank you for continuing to follow us and our crazy musical adventures! We have had a very busy spring with finishing personal projects, work, and just "stuff". Funny how that can take all the time!
We had a great start the year playing our first show at the Urban Coffee Lounge on January 4. We played to a full house! What a wonderful way to start a new year of shows! Thank you to all who attended!
In February, I began working on my yearly songwriting project called the RPM. You have to write a full length album, 10 songs or 35 mins of music, record it all yourself, and make a cover. I was under the wire this year due to a chest cold that I just could not shake. But SUCCESS!! I finished the album. You can hear it as well as all my other RPM writing challenges HERE
In February we also started performing with Blue Star Creeper songwriter, creator, wizard guitarist, and front man, Kelly Blanchard. We played the Flying Apron in Redmond to another full house! Lovely night full of new friends, old friends and great vegan food! We had our King StarHead, TieDye John, in the house sporting his latest TieDyed Tshirt.. Ours!! We were so impressed!
We played the Jewel Box theatre in the Rendezvous Club on March 6 with Clearly Beloved, Blue Star Creeper, and the lovely ladies of Samaya Tribe! What a fun evening! Very tiny theatre and we had lots of folks who came out to support so it was packed! We loved it! We unveiled a old Hebrides tunes that I have known for years. I remembered it the day before the show and taught it to the boys that night! The crowd loved it! One of my bodhran students, Kym, joined us! If you missed it, don't worry, we will do it again!
On the Ides of March we were back at the Urban Coffee Lounge for another full audience! We had a wonderful night rich with musical community as Wynne C Blue and her Troublefakers came out to support us! Gotta love a city where other musicians support one another!
The show opened with Dirk Myers singing some tunes. Next up was my student Kym who shared a couple of traditional songs with me. So lovely.
SeaStar took the stage and pushed the limits once again. I sang a song that I had written that afternoon. With my insides out in nerves, we played it. The band had never heard it and they did a great job following along! I was very proud of the boys! The song is from the viewpoint of a barman at the Brazen Head Pub in Dublin. At this time last year, we were preparing for our Atlantic Crossing so my mind is swirling with all things Ireland. The audience gave a wonderful cheer at the end. I told them that they could name it. After a poll on our facebook page, the song is now named
"Bittersweet Rubbish". Thanks everyone!!
Don't Forget we have a DVD for sale at our shows, or just email us and we can send you one. They are $10. It's our adventure in Ireland! The movie is just over an hour long and it documents some of the historical place we visited, our performance in Carlow, as well as interviews and craziness! Falcone edited and did most of the filming. We are very lucky to have such talent in this band. It makes many things possible for us.
What's up next... Black Dog in Snoqualmie, Mirkwood, Index Arts Festival and MORE!
Thanks for all your support!
Playing Flying Apron ~ Photo by Ron Allen
King StarHead - TieDye John and his Groovy Tshirt
At the Jewel Box in the Rendezvous ~ Photo by Michael Raley
I get so contemplative in January. Perhaps it is because part of nature is sleeping, dreaming, planning for a glorious new start… that’s how I feel. The past is over. The soil is turned. And the tides are washing in new ideas…
I often say that I am on the verge of something, and then something beyond my dreams happens. I find myself with that same feeling again.
I have been overly busy at my studio. While my job is hardly a chore to be at and I love what I do, I am a bit burned out. I have downsized my studio to a much more moderate 23 students. Hosting a student roster of 30 was becoming a little more than I could handle. Not the work load, mind you, but, my creative side seemed to evaporate. No space between the music. A good composition needs to have rests. And so do I.
In my constant drive to stay in the moment, I am writing more and doing yoga. While I have hoped to do this everyday, I am pretty close. I have new songs that have sprouted and I am looking forward to the RPM challenge this year. I am still working on the movie, but perhaps not as diligently as I should. I am giving myself some time to process and breathe.
Tomorrow I leave for Victoria for a well-deserved weekend with friends as well as a little music with my dear sister, Melody. We will celebrate Robert Burns day in full Syren style. My things are gathered and my heart is so happy! I cant wait to be on the ferry, taste the salt air on my lips, and see Victoria unfold through the mist. Oh, to trip down the streets to Dallas Road, with the arms of arbutus high above me, dreams of Emily Carr swirling in my mind, echoes of Robert Service hanging on the cedar limbs while Joni songs whisper in my ear.. to stop and gaze at the water, and in that moment, nothing more yet everything too. and then off for a pint with dear friends to share stories, hugs, and howyabeens ... Oh Victoria, how I miss you. It will be good to be back.
A few days ago I woke up from a wave and shook a song from my brain. It dripped onto the page. Tiny beads of shining words, mixed with tears and sand, reflected pictures of shipwrecks, seaweed, and bottles of long forgotten memories ... another stormy seaside love song….. This is how my January has been.
Hope all is well with you and yours. Thank you for following me.
Do good deeds,
from our show at Urban Coffee Lounge, 04 Jan 2013.
a little video I did in December. Tune is "Falling" from my album "the Branch Above"
from our show at Urban Coffee Lounge, 04 Jan 2013.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
A Grand Year, indeed!
Thank you to all my friends, family, and fans who made 2012 memorable to say the least!! SeaStar's tour to Ireland was a huge success! We are working on the 2013 tour as I type this!! We also have our arrows pointed to Scotland and Italy! It will be quite the travel year!!
I had the incredible opportunity to sing in Turkey! WOW! What an incredible place. The history! The grandeur! Completely mindblowing. I can't wait to go back!! I am currently working on a film called "Bir varmış bir yokmuş - Maybe it Happened, Maybe it Didn't", documenting my trip and performances in this magical land I hope to release it in January.
Upon my return from Turkey, I went directly to FarWest in Irvine California. That was a great networking expereince!! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet so many creative musicians! What a great time!!
With the good came the bad. We lost Captain's Mom this year. We lost many amazing friends in our musical community. These hard times have kept us focused on the positive, the light, and the dreams that we hold so dear. I think each of us lived a little louder because of it.
So as I sit in the afterglow of this incredible year, I am gearing up for many wonderful surprises for 2013. 2 new albums! more music videos! and a special surprise!! Stay tuned! Keep watching!
-With love and thanks,
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The colours are so incredible that it inspired me to run through them in hopes of getting tangled in the beauty that is autumn... and I took the boys with!
WE MADE A MUSIC VIDEO! Whoo hoo!
Enjoy! Share it with friends and know how grateful I am for you and your support!
Now go outside and play!
love, sparkles, ponies, and good deeds-
Thursday, October 25, 2012
a powerful journey of history and music
It has been an amazing month of history, culture, adventure and music! My goodness, where to begin!
As you know, I left for Turkey on September 27 for just over 2 weeks. I left bright and early with my small suitcase, baby Taylor (borrowed from Dirk), and a cold that stayed with me until last Thursday. By that time I was truly sick of being sick. While it hindered me slightly along the way, I never let it stop me from experiencing the magic that lives and breathes in Turkey.
There is so much I have to tell you about my adventures! I sang 3 times in Turkey: an ancient amphitheatre at Ephesus, Hotel Nazar in Selcuk, and a wild Australian/Turkish pub with Hookahs and wine called Fat Boys in Goreme. Crazy times!!!
Upon my return from Turkey, I was home just long enough to wash my clothes and then fly away to Irvine, CA for the FarWest Conference. Wow. What a whirlwind that was!! Three powerful days of workshops, networking and 9 showcases later I collapsed. Such a rock and Roll lifestyle for this folkie! But soooo grateful!
I have decided that I will make a Turkish recap night to talk about the trip/tour. I haven’t the stamina to type it all out.. I will let the photos and video do that. So keep watching for the announcement of the date!
And the new album "Maybe It Happened, Maybe It Didn't" will be released at Christmas. (fingers, toes, and armpits crossed!)
Thanks for following and supporting!
I truly appreciate you!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tomorrow's the day!
I fly away.. to ancient ruins, colourful people, and walk along silk road history.
"If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul."
-Alphonse de Lamartine
Thank you to Dena for making this advenure possible!
My bag is packed. I have a trusty guitar thanks to my friend Dirk!
My mind is a flutter with what may be and dreams of traveling so far.
I told Adam that I was going to be a time traveler! Going ahead 10 hours from Seattle. When I call him, I will be in the future! Makes the geeky kid in me giggle!
I did decide to bring my laptop so I will post photos along the way. I will also try to blog, but I am more of the ink pen to paper kind of lady.
If you donate.. I will have some great rewards for ya!
$5 - $10 - Get a cool "Good Luck" key chain with a handmade Turkish glass Evil Eye bead.. In many Mid-East and Mediterranean cultures, the evil eye is a symbol of protection or good luck, keeping away the jealous energies of others.
$11 - $20 - I will send you a postcard from Turkey! and the key chain!
$21 - $50 - I will send you a postcard and take a photo at some magical place with your name in the photograph wishing you were here! and the key chain!
$51 - $100 - I will film a personalized video for you in some AWESOME historical place in Turkey!! and send you a postcard and key chain!
$101- $150 - I will sing you a song in Turkey, dedicating it to you ...on film .. and will post it on Facebook! and send you a postcard and key chain!
$151 - $500 - I will write a song for you.. inspired by the magic of Turkey, make a video for you, send you a postcard and key chain!
$501 and up - eternal gratitude, house concert at your house... (please note that we would have to discuss travel arrangements as they would not be included), producer credit in the new Istanbul CD, and a very special gift from Turkey.
I will be writing an album from this adventure so any money left over from the tour will help me with that project and help me on the way to California for the Far West Conference, which takes place 5 days after I return from Turkey. I will make every cent count!!!
Thank you for your support!!! I promise to work even harder to bring you the best music I can offer.
With love and thanks from the bottom of my heart,
Some of the styles... they are all different!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Travel, whimsy, good fortune & sheer gratitude!
What an incredible journey I have been on in 2012! From the start of the year, I have been riding on a magic carpet. My journey and tour to Ireland was so successful that I was invited back next spring to do it all over again, only this time we will head North to Northern Ireland! My heart is so grateful to all the kind folks who make/made this happen.
But before that, I am about to take the longest and farthest journey I have ever had. On September 27 my tour in Turkey officially starts. I will be playing in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and hopeful in Selcuk. I will be gone 15 days in this magical country rich in culture, history, and music. Details of the tour still evolving. more to come!
THEN... off to the Far West Conference in Irvine, California for 4 days of music saturation. wow! I still can't believe that this is my life for now! grateful, grateful heart!
AND, on top of that good fortune, my voice studio, Syren's Voice, is running at max capacity! I now have an official wait list for lessons.
And come winter, SeaStar, my Seattle band, will be recording their 4th full length album at Paradise Sound in Index, Washington. Oh we can't wait!! Pat Sample is an amazing sound guru. He works so hard for us.
I am thankful for everyone who has taken the time to follow SeaStar and me on our adventures. Your support and love mean so much.
Upon my return from Turkey, I have challenged myself with writing a 8 song album from the journey. I will release the album on the winter solstice. keep watch for it.