Mon Jan 13 '20 Announcement
about 1 month ago
– Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 07:55:51 PM
There's a long update below, but first and foremost, we wanted to make sure that you knew that we have new music up on Spotify (and everywhere you stream music), including all the music from the Song on the Times album, now available for your listening pleasure wherever you go!
Unbelievably, this month marks the three-year anniversary of Song on the Times, and you are a huge part of that story. THANK YOU for being part of our journey into being full-time musicians--these past three years have been a wild ride!
As you know, three years ago in January 2017, we launched Song on the Times on Indiegogo. We expected to have a handful of backers from our communities around New England and to make a few hundred books, which we were going to bind by hand, sewing them with red thread. Lynn had already bought some book-binding materials! A few days into our campaign, we took a short selfie video outside Trump Tower before a gig in NYC, and not in our wildest dreams had we imagined how that would unfold.
By the time our Indiegogo closed, we had over 2,600 backers from all 50 states and 22 other countries. People were emailing us, asking when we would bring our music and message to their area, and we decided to answer that call. We ordered 5,000 books (which we did NOT sew ourselves!), rearranged our lives, and in November 2017, we set off for a short tour in Michigan, which marked our first concerts as full-time musicians. Upon returning, we did a fabulous run of shows with Christmas Celtic Sojourn in Boston--Brian O'Donovan, the host and producer, found us because of our Trump Tower video!
In 2018, we ventured to the west coast for the first time, with a whirlwind tour from LA to Seattle and back again in under 3 weeks. SO MUCH DRIVING... We went back to the UK for our third tour there, performed and led workshops all over the midwest and east coast, taught several school residencies, played a few festivals, and had another great run with Christmas Celtic Sojourn. We also attended our first music industry conference, a regional event called NERFA (New England Regional Folk Alliance), where we made lots of new connections with venues and other artists.
2019 highlights include another (way less hectic) west coast tour, a packed month in the midwest, attending FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest), lots of east coast touring, performing at the Gala Concert for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Village Harmony, guest lecturing and presenting at Dartmouth, MIT, Michigan State, University of Chicago, launching our Patreon page, and, oh yeah: reordering another 5,000 copies of Song on the Times! We are also thrilled to share that we topped the Folk Radio DJ Chart in December, with #1 Artist and #2 Album! That album, called Recollections | REVOLUTIONS, is what you'll find on Spotify--it's a re-release for radio and streaming of our last two albums, including the music from Song on the Times!
The new year brings with it lots of new opportunities: next week, we're headed to New Orleans for Folk Alliance International (FAI), which is like the regional conferences we've done but with 3000 people. We're honored to have been selected as Official Showcase Artists! Shortly thereafter, we head to England for several weeks, and we're in the midst of planning our first tour to the southern states (so if you live down south, keep an eye on our website for a show near you!).
If you've made it this far through the update, congratulations, and thank you again! If you want to keep in touch, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram (@windbornesingers). We're also putting up more videos on our YouTube channel and of course, there's always our website, which is the best place to find our upcoming concerts. We are so grateful for your support, and we hope to see you down the road.
Lauren, Lynn, Jeremy, and Will