You haven't heard
from us for a while, but we've been hard at work and we have some great pieces of
news for you.
first is we've got a new member of the St. Paul de Vence family! Lydia
Ramsey has come to play banjo, mandolin, trumpet, concertina and guitar with
us, as well as adding her sweet voice to the harmonies! On top of being way
talented, she's way cool and has been a perfect fit for the gang.
Second, Kale Lotton &
Jonny Gundersen of Le Wrens will be joining us on bass and drums for the summer!
We are super excited to have them back in the fold for a list of really fun
shows (that's coming...just wait...). Yeah, they're pretty darn talented and
cool, too. So, this is starting to get out of hand...
The third piece of news is regarding
the wonderful list of shows we'll be playing this summer. We're kicking it
off, Spring style, with Northwest Folklife Festival this very Saturday; then July
gets crazy with a Tacoma, WA summer concert series show; two (count 'em, two!) nights
in Wenatchee with our dear favorites, Le Wrens; then we play Seattle City
Hall's Thursday Noon series; and then....drumroll please...WE'RE PLAYING BUMBERSHOOT THIS YEAR!!! HOORAY!!!!
So, be sure to
go to www.stpaulband.com to check up on the summer schedule
for the where? what? why? when? how much? of it all.
We hope to see many of you out
there. We're just so excited about all the great things happening and all
the wonderful people we get to share it with. Be well. Thank you for
Ben & SPdV
|"St Paul is a great
band. Friendly and engaging from stage, the lyrics seem to hold the full story of
a relationship. At times gentle and sweet, the sweet nothings whispered in a lover’s
ear, sung in heart-wrenchingly tender harmonies and lines. Other songs hold the
tension and eggshells of a fight not had, the conversation’s opportunity long
past. Regardless, the vocal chemistry between Benjamin Doerr and multi-instrumentalist
and vocalist Lydia Ramsey is uncanny."
— The Monarch Review|
instruments, strumming, and singing, the members are in constant motion…They
are a jumble of styles, seamlessly brought together with strong vocals and perfectly
— Seattle Music Insider|
|"Inspired to begin
writing songs about his grandfather’s experience fighting in WWII, Benjamin
Doerr’s St. Paul de Vence project has a bit of Beirut’s sepia-toned
Old World feel and esoteric instrumental choices (concertina!). Filled to the brim
with super-sincere lyrics and swooning harmonies..."
— The Stranger // Seattle, WA|