Carolyn Cruso: From concert hall to campfire this troubadour has traveled the nation and Europe sharing her contemporary acoustic sound; a sound influenced by folk, pop, jazz and Americana. She’s a multi-instrumentalist, playing hammered dulcimer, flute, guitar, and voice, as well as various penny whistles and percussion. Cruso will be focusing on her songwriting talents at this Musebird show, accompanying her elegant vocals with a combination of intricate fingerpicking and rhythmic grooves on her often alternately tuned guitars. Her lyrics span from poetic to narrative and explore the backroads of the mind and of the heart with stories of seekers, divine misfits, tricksters and the glorious yet sometimes forgotten places of beauty on this planet we call earth. With a gritty yet tender wit she casts a welcome spell on the listener. www.carolyncruso.com
Fans of Mandy Troxel’s music often share the similar story of being swung around by the clear bell of her voice and then rooted to the spot by her lyrics. Describing her music with a dash of telltale self-depricating humor, Mandy describes her music as “Country Western Pathetica” and “Island Mama Americana”. She juxtaposes the beauty of her Orcas Island home with the connection and humor of living in small town community. Her songs acknowledge the dark moments in life, illuminating the cracks with a beacon of hope. Americana troubadour Bill Mallonee (formerly of Vigilantes of Love) says “With a folky voice of clarity that reminds one of early Emmylou Harris, Troxel navigates the waters of love lost and found with songs that offer memorable lines, but no easy answers.” www.mandytroxel.com
From the house band at Rosario Resort I 1975 -80 to Cooperate Functions, Festivals,Clubs, The Seattle Seahawk Band, and ten years of performing on Cruise ships, Melody, has seen the world through music colored glasses. Orcas Island called her home in 2013 where she continues to perform off island, and with Island musicians. Currently, she is writing and performing her own music.