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...
Sing ♪

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

The new album from Blue Star Creeper! Get one today!

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

Castle Walls
Released Tomorrow!
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

Magic, Whimsy,
& 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!

Castle Walls

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

King StarHead

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

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!

Farmers Market

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!
Thanks Ross!

Castle Walls

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

With love,

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!

Moving Forward

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!
With love,

My classroom

During lessons

Last day of class with Kazoos!

Where I stayed at camp

Krakow Renik - St. Ann's

Warsaw Plaza

Tom Rusnak, our fearless leader, in the Tatra Mountains

Monday, June 30, 2014

Kenyon Hall, Cama Beach,
June Adventures...

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,

SeaStar plays Cama Beach Centre for Wooden Boats

Fae and Melody play the Victoria Folk Club

Susie's Night of 100 Stars

Syren's Voice Summer Camp 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

An entry from Fae's band website, SeaStar

An Intimate Night of Music
Save the Date!
June 7th!

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
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!

With love,

Fae, Captain, Falcone, and Kelly

Photo by Andreas Kolshorn

Sunday, April 27, 2014

An entry from Fae's band website, SeaStar

Music, Music Everywhere...

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!

Upstairs Music

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!

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

Darrell's Tavern 25 April 2014. Photo by Falcone

Monday, March 31, 2014

An entry from Fae's band website, SeaStar

The Adventure Continues...

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.

Scotland DVD

It's here! If you wish to order a copy, please do so by emailing us at

$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

Fae found Nessy in her beer at the Skylark Show!

Kazoo Madness at the Urban Coffee Lounge Show!

Fae's RPM Challenge album for 2014 Click to hear!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

An entry from Fae's band website, SeaStar

Album of the Week!
Celtic Music Radio!

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
Celtic Connections

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.
Thank you.

Wow! Album of the week! Click to read more!

Sitting with Lori at Robert Burns' birth place

Click photo to listen to Fae's performance!

Friday, January 31, 2014

An entry from Fae's band website, SeaStar

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!

with love.
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


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

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