The Monadnock Folklore Society presents Windborne on Sunday, June 8 at 7:00 PM at the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall on the campus of the Dublin School in Dublin, NH. Admission is $12/9(Sr/Jr).
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. They are seasoned performers and educators, who are adept at teaching music across cultural and linguistic divides. Windborne has toured New England several times, and in 2010 their vocal agility and power won them first place in Young Tradition Vermont’s Showcase Competition. Since then, they have appeared at folk festivals and concert venues around New England, and have taught workshops at universities in the northeast. In 2013, they were selected by the American Music Abroad program to do a State Department sponsored tour in Angola, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Windborne has existed in many capacities throughout its 10+ year history, appearing as a duo, trio, and now, as a quartet. A group of vocal chameleons, they grew up in musical families, going to Shape Note sings, taking voice and instrumental lessons, and seeking out folk music in their communities and schools. As teenagers, they became enamored with world folk traditions at Village Harmony singing camps. Now, they draw upon their collective four decades of experience as performers and teachers to switch effortlessly between drastically different styles of singing within the same concert, all the while regaling the audience with their vocal energy and carefully crafted arrangements. Their repertoire includes music from the Republic of Georgia, Corsica, Bulgaria, the Basque region, and Quebec, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions as well.
Over the past decade, they have sought out masters of traditional singing styles in the US and around the world to study a variety of vocal music. Through these collaborations, they have developed a uniquely authentic and distinctive sound for which they are known. Specializing in close harmony singing, the quartet has a vibrant energy and a strong connection, which is evident in their engaging performance. They educate as they perform, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing. Folk musicologist Mary DesRosiers acclaims Windborne for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements.”