Cris Williamson, Ferron, & Bitch Part of the Iowa Women's Music Festival.Celebrating the Roots of Women in Music: Three incredible performers share the bill for a special evening of music as part of the 2012 Iowa Women's Music Festival. Cris Williamson is a dynamic performer, who electrifies, empowers, and enlightens her audiences. Canadian singer-songwriter Ferron illuminates human experience in a way that few artist are capable of. Bitch (performed at the 2010 festival) is known for her unique brand of electric brand of electric violin performance art meets bass, ukulele, and keytar rock.About Chris Williamson: Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access in the industry, in her own way, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. She hasn't looked back since. Cris's stellar vocals and compelling persona are regarded as legendary for good reason. Despite being like a well-kept secret, and dwelling almost completely in the independent music world, she nonetheless had an impact worldwide. Cris's music was embraced by audiences hungry for fresh, bold sound able to match the uncharted waters of the mid-seventies. It took close to a decade for the genre to earn a critical reception, and by that time Cris's astounding vocals were earning reviews sounding as though they were penned by close relatives. Finally, the stage had been set for women, and particularly for lesbians, to write, produce, record, and issue their own material -- on their own terms. Heralded by The Boston Globe as, "a brilliant lyricist and composer", Cris's music has always defied categorization. A dynamic performer, she electrifies, empowers, and enlightens audiences across the generational and musical spectrum.About Ferron: Canadian singer-songwriter Ferron is no diva. She is a real salt of the earth singer who approaches her art with both sleeves rolled up, ready to dive in. She walks her talk with heart exposed and performs with a courage and commitment that few other artists ever muster. The songs don't sound composed and sung as much as they feel wrung from the sweat and toil of hard fought experience. In Ferron's world, the contents of her songs appear as if they're lived out on the canvas of her life and not just inside the confines of her art. Ferron illuminates human experience in a way that few artists are capable of. Like fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen, Ferron has such self-possession and intuitive command of her material that she can deliver lines that a less experienced singer would never be able to pull off. The weight, poise and gravity that she communicates with each word, each carefully annunciated phrase, is something to marvel at. About Bitch: Bitch, (formerly of Bitch and Animal) is known for her unique brand of electric violin performance art meets bass, ukulele and keytar rock. "On stage, the violinist/vocalist is a force to be reckoned with." (Flavorpill) Bitch has made a strong mark in music, film, print and theater. Bitch had studied classical violin since she was 4, and expanded her musical horizons by studying fiddling with Andrew Bird. She first burst onto the scene when her band, Bitch and Animal, toured with Ani Difranco in the U.S. and Europe and released two albums on Difranco's label, Righteous Babe Records. She starred as herself in the John Cameron Mitchell film "Shortbus" and went on to release her first solo album "Make This Break This" on the legendary indie Kill Rock Stars label. Since then, the artist who calls herself Bitch started her own label, Short Story Records, and produced an entire album of one of her musical idols, Ferron, called "Boulder." "Boulder" features performances by such luminaries as Ani Difranco, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, JD Samson, (Le Tigre, MEN) and Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas). She has just completed "Thunder" a documentary about Ferron, and her most recent solo album, "Blasted!" (2010) was funded entirely by her fans.
Bitch & Ferron An exciting evening linking two generations of women's music Part Cree and Ojibway Indian, Ferron grew up in the Vancouver area in British Columbia. She went on to release 14 albums and become one of Canada's most famous folk singers. But her latest release, "Boulder," is something special: it was produced by indie rocker Bitch, who convinced her idol to let her park her RV at her house and set up her traveling laptop-plus-one-microphone studio to record her in the remote woods of Michigan. Now they come to The Ark together, combining light-hearted banter with songs that captivate and go right to the heart. The result is a powerful union of two poets, made richer by the fact that they come from different generations. An odd billing at first glance, Bitch and Ferron have been gaining lots of attention for their intimate live shows.
Bio: Ferron is a songwriter, composer, recording artist and missionary. He goes “Into All The World” to fulfill Jesus Christ last command to “make disciples of all nations.” By using his unique and diverse style, Ferron presents the Gospel in Reggae, Hip Hop, and Poetic Rhyming. His love and desire to...See Full Bio