Linda Waterfall and Oen Kennedy
LINDA WATERFALL is going on 40 years as a prolific performer, recording artist songwriter of the highest and most fascinating order, THE musician's musician. Tremedal is immensely proud to host Linda Waterfall in this exquisite double bill with OEN KENNEDY.
"Her music is as engaging as it is uncategorizable. It's an intriguing blend of folk and new acoustic in its instrumentation, contemporary classical and perhaps New Age in its influence by minimalist sounds, and jazz for its complex, shifting harmonic structure. Her highly original approach to singing, and the way it interacts with the accompaniment results in a whole new style that breathes new life into vocal music . . . "
--George Graham, WVIA Pittston, PA
"Linda Waterfall, an extraordinary folk musician from Washington State, plays bristling, driving guitar and rolling, enveloping piano. If all that weren't enough, Ms. Waterfall is a moving, terrific singer, blessed with star-of-the-choir pipes."
--Tom Surowicz, Twin Cities Reader
"Waterfall nearly stole the show with her infectiously joyful anthem "Love Out of Nowhere," and a hilarious satire of a redneck whose sexist posturing suddenly dissolves into new age psycho-speak."
--Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
"Her musicianship is astonishing, and her lyrical sense is at the cutting edge. I can't see any serious fan of songwriting remaining ignorant of her work."
--Bob Franke, New England Folk Almanac
"Totally refreshing and invigorating. The music's soaked in classical influences.draws together rock, pop, jazz and folk elements into a label-defying synthesis. Linda's instrumental prowess elicits the use of superlatives."
--Tony May, Folk Root
Folk Alliance: "I've offered to write a column for the newsletter highlighting various women instrumentalists. I hope you listen to these artists, play them on your folk radio programs and book them at your clubs and festivals. I really hope that somewhere along the line, a few more women will be inspired to delve deeply into the beauty and mystery of folk instruments. () I have to start with a guitarist, since fingerpicking guitar is my first love. And I have to start with Linda because she is simply one of the finest fingerpicking guitar players alive on planet Earth today. () I particularly like Run It like A Business (which literally brought the audience screaming to their feet when she premiered it at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in 1986) Linda's playing is truly some of the most unique and imaginative I have ever encountered. It doesn't sound like any kind of traditional folk, but it doesn't really sound like pop or Jazz, either. I once asked her where she got her inspiration for her unusual chords and voicings and progressions, and she said, "Oh, Debussy, I guess" (she is a very accomplished pianist as well). () Every note that comes out of this woman's guitar is heart-wrenchingly pure and beautiful yet filled with a vibrancy that seems to come from somewhere deep in the universe."
--Becky Bernson, Folk Alliance Newsletter
OEN KENNEDY is an award winning singer-songwriter-naturalist, and a master bird whistler. He has made 5 CDs of original tunes and has another 50-60 tunes on deck. Tremedal has fond memories of his sold-out audience's thunderous responses to his lovely tributes to nature and to humanity. He was weaned on West African and South Indian music, having spent his early years in Conakry Guinea on the West coast of Africa, and Madras, in South India. Oen's primary musical influences are J.S. Bach, Stevie Wonder, Ravi Shankar, George Benson, Keith Jarrett, Bob Dylan, and Miriam Makeba.
"More than any other artist I know, Oen''s music is his vocation in the truest sense of the word. With his miraculous spirit and joyously beautiful music, he gives voice to the subjects of his song, whether it is a young injured bird, a wolf in the wilderness, a friend in need, or the earth itself. And when he opens his mouth to sing it is as if there was something beyond him that is singing through him. He is the most efficient instrument for transmitting joy that I have ever witnessed."
- John Boehmer
"He's musical, he's subtle, he's irresistible and he has an innate sense of the innocent soul in every one of us. Weaving birdsong and exotic instruments into his music as naturally as dew gathering on grass, his songs embrace the natural world with a gentle intelligence that is altogether unique" Marilyn Rea Beyer
First Parish of Watertown (View)
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Watertown, MA 02467
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