By Heather Harrison
Windborne is an internationally acclaimed folk group based in the New England area that is known for its close harmony singing and incredible musical knowledge. The group has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world, and able to shift from radically different genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song as an English ballad.
Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music is clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing. According to Brian O’Donovan of National Public Radio, this group is “The best musical discovery of the year … Stunningly powerful vocal harmony in the tradition of the Watersons, The Voice Squad, and Coope, Boyes, and Simpson, Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today.”
Windborne’s most recent album, “Song on the Times,” features traditional working class songs for peoples’ rights from the past 400 years, sung for today’s struggles.
Windborne’s concert will be held on Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Center Church (312 Davis Bay Road, Lopez Island). Suggested donation is $15–$20. For more information, please visit windbornesingers.com or contact Heather Harrison at 360-468-4428.