We are returning to the Tractor in Ballard - one of our favorite spots to play
music - and want you to be there! The Fans are opening for the Dead Winter Carpenters, a great Americana/Rock band
out of California. We haven't had a chance to play that new song for you all, so
be there to hear the new hit (at our practice space at least), "Oh These Mountains."
Yeah, it's a week night, but we are all hip enough to handle that. Trust us.
You can get tickets HERE.
Join the facebook event page here: May 30th.
We don't have an official poster for the show and we used up all of our creativity
on the "poster" we inserted into the last email... so here is a picture
of the Dead Winter Carpenters probably killing a tune.
And here is a picture of Colin and Seth just tuning...
Both of those things are guaranteed to happen on May 30th at the Tractor Tavern...
We also return
to the Northwest Folklife Festival this weekend. Gillian, Colin
and Seth play Sunday as part of the "Folk, Redefined" showcase on the
Mural Stage. We go on at 2:15 and share the showcase Grand Hallway, Local Strangers,
and Adam Foley and the Overtones. KEXP listed the showcase as one of their recommended events. Nice job KEXP!
We would love to see you all and please help us spread the word. Feel
free to forward this on to all your people! Feel free to also check in with firstname.lastname@example.org
and request our music. Just feel free in general too.
acoustic roots scene is here to stay, and it's deep and formidable. Rather than
grousing about how Head & the Heart sidewoman Charity Rose Thielen's harmonies
resemble Donna Jean Godchaux's at their most atonal, it's better for everyone if
vastly more talented females like The Washover Fans' Gillian Tart are showered with
accolades instead. Tart instantly recalls another Gillian (Welch)."
— Mike Seely, Seattle
|"Despite the fact
that their earthy music is all-original, they have a keen ability to take us back
to roots, drawn from old-timey front porch sounds as well as folk-rock and alt-country.
The Washover Fans’ songs with slower tempos strive for evocative mood pieces
with enticing vocals and aesthetic instrumental accompaniment... They demonstrate
a voice and sensibility beyond their years"
— Joe Ross, Roots
|"On "Live at Empty
Sea Studios," The Washover Fans revel in the simple beauty of acoustic harmonies.
Their voices mesh effortlessly, and their instruments are tight accompanists to
the songs (with some particularly delicious mandolin and steel guitar lines), which
have quite catchy melodies. It's folk music done right; nothing fancy, but "tous
qu'il faut" as the French say (which means "everything you'd need"). The songs are
deceptively simple odes to love and love lost, nothing necessarily new here, but
this is a large cut above the many singer-songwriter CDs I've been listening to
recently. Really, this kind of folk music comes down to the lyrics and the deftness
of the music, and here's where The Washover Fans really stick out. Their words are
subtle, thoughtful, and bring new light to old ideas. They're bringing a much needed
creativity to folk music, and when they drop covers on the new album, they're chosen
with care and given a sweet, sorrowful sound."
— Devon Leger, Hearth