Windborne returns to Lopez Island

  • Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted 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 band has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for more than 15 years — from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world — and are peerless in their ability to span radically different genres, 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.

In 2014, Windborne was one of 10 groups selected by American Music Abroad and the U.S. Department of State to tour as cultural ambassadors through music. They traveled to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola, touring with internationally known artists, performing at sold-out national theaters, and collaborating with traditional musicians in each country.

According to Brian O’Donovan of National Public Radio, this group is “The best musical discovery of the year… Stunningly powerful vocal harmony… Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today.”

BBC Traveling Folk states, “A quartet the likes of which I haven’t seen since… Coope, Boyes and Simpson, the Watersons, or The Voice Squad. Just absolutely phenomenal!”

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 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Center Church, 312 Davis Bay Rd. Suggested donation is $15-$20. For more information, please visit or contact Heather Harrison at 360-468-4428.