Voice Works is Centrum’s annual week devoted to singing. At the end of the workshop week, we hit the lights at Fort Worden’s performance venues for a series of amazing public performances featuring the artist faculty who have so generously shared their passions and gifts. In 2013, we’ll have 3 Voice Works performances, and over the next few days we’ll give you a preview of the artists who will perform.
We start with the Women’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase, which takes place on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30pm in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden.
A native of Horsefly, deep in the Cariboo interior of British Columbia, Pharis developed her style through both classical training and older tradition-bearers. Pharis began performing at an early age with her family band, The Patenaude Family. She’s a founding member of the Haints Old Time Stringband and of Victoria, B.C.’s Outlaw Social. She currently records, performs, and makes banjos with her husband Jason Romero. She and Jason’s triumphant first album, A Passing Glimpse, won the Americana Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards. They also were given the Canadian Folk Music Award for 2012 New/Emerging Artist.
Yvette is a musician/singer who tours worldwide as a multi-instrumentalist in several bands including Bonsoir Catin, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Balfa Toujours, Trop Canaille, Marais Bouleur and Frisson. She has performed with the Red Stick Ramblers, Pine Leaf Boys, Walter Mouton, Steve Riley, David Greely, Dirk Powell, Donna the Buffalo, Bill Kirchen, Cindy Cashdollar, Carol McComb, John Lilly, Geraldine Gay and Darrell Scott and many more. Her new CD titled, “No Man’s Land” – with guests Bill Kirchen, Cindy Cashdollar, Geno Delafose, Dirk Powell, Richard Comeaux, and Joel Savoy – has been atop the national Freeform American Roots music charts for more than 2 months.
Kristin has toured three continents as a member of the celebrated old time string band Uncle Earl, the “folk noir” trio Sometymes Why, and as a clogger and educator with the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Her debut solo album Kiss Me Hello features the single “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes,” which won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize for Children’s music, has been used in weddings, choir recitals, marching band performances, and topped the charts on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Kids’ Place Live.
Suzy is a powerful blues singer who is unique in her ability to fiddle and vocalize at the same time. Over the past three decades, Suzy has been a leading force in many influential roots music groups, including the California Cajun Orchestra, the Blue Flame String Band, the all-woman Any Old Time String, and most recently, the Bluegrass Intentions. Currently, Suzy records and performs in a duet with her longtime musical partner, renowned flat picker Eric Thompson, with the Aux Cajunals and with the Thompson String Ticklers.
Nancy is a songwriter who composes in a variety of styles ranging from lively and upbeat western and standard swing to cowboy waltzes, heartfelt jazz ballads, and sweet and honest country love songs. She takes particular delight in the sights, sounds, and scents of the west. Many of her songs are filled with coyotes and cactus and the prairie moon frequently provides the background for her ballads. Nancy’s also a great musician, specializing in swing and folk styles of rhythm guitar, and traditional and swing-style ukulele.