Sleder’s Family Tavern is pleased to announce Windborne, an internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble, will perform on the Porch on November 17th, 2019 at 5 p.m. Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music. Their dynamic concerts include songs from Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Quebec, and Basque country, as well as traditional and original American folk music. They believe deeply in the power of music to change hearts. Windborne is touring in support of their latest album, Song on the Times, which salutes the working class movements for peoples’ rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles.
Windborne is Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon. All four have traveled extensively in the US and throughout the world with Village Harmony, Northern Harmony, and the Renewal Chorus, leading workshops and giving concerts. Windborne has toured New England several times, and in 2010 their vocal agility and power won them first place in the Young Tradition Vermont showcase competition. Since then, they have appeared at the Flurry Festival, the Shelburne Harvest Festival, the Young Tradition Vermont Reunion Concert, and have taught master classes at Keene State College. In January 2014, AMA sent Windborne on a month-long tour to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola performing and teaching as musical ambassadors for the US.
Throughout the past decade, they have had the distinct pleasure of studying under a variety of music masters, including Corsican music scholar and composer Jean-Etienne Langianni; Georgian singers and members of Zedashe, Shergil Pirtskhelani and Ketevan Mindorashvili; director of the London Bulgarian Choir Dessislava Stefanova; and Matlakala Bopape, who leads the Polokwane Choir in South Africa. Closer to home, they count folk music legends Tony Barrand, the Amidon family, Don Jamison, Neely Bruce, Val Mindel, and Suzannah Park among their friends and mentors.
Lynn, Will, Lauren, and Jeremy share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music 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. Sleder’s Porch will be the place to be for anyone who appreciates a cappella harmonies.
“The singers of Windborne have a deep understanding, both musically and culturally, of the traditions from which they draw much of their repertoire. Their singing is a feast of a cappella harmony.” – Peter Amidon, Amidon Music
“A quartet the likes of which I haven’t seen since Coope, Boyes and Simpson, the Watersons, or The Voice Squad. Just absolutely phenomenal! –BBC Traveling Folk
“The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today.” –Brian O’Donovan WGBH, National Public Radio
“Some of the finest singers of protest and folk music that I have ever heard…One of the Best Albums of 2017! “ – SingOut!
Tickets for Windborne – On Sale Now
$20 in advance | $25 at the door
- Sleder’s Tavern, 717 Randolph St., Traverse City, MI 49684
- Oryana Food Coop, 260 E Tenth St, Traverse City, MI 49684
- Brilliant Books, 118 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
- For more info call Connemara Concerts at 231-947-8667