We talked with lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker ahead of Front Country's show with Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures at The Cedar on July 3 about discovering California's roots music scene, making their second LP, and building an international following.
London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta will be The Cedar’s 2018-19 Artist-In-Residence. To celebrate and kick off his residency, he’ll be performing a special Eid Celebration Concert at Spring Cafe June 16th.
Over the past decade, composer, media artist, and curator Lawrence English has been one of the leading international voices in field recording and ambient music. Based in Brisbane, Australia, he has worked extensively across the world, from Antarctica to the Outback and the Amazon to Japan. Through his utterly personal approach to drone and avant-garde music, English's work prompts questions of field and memory and asks audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.
Legendary Scottish group Tannahill Weavers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with their new album Òrach (Gaelic “Golden”). Their award-winning music breathes new life into Scotland's vast repertoire of traditional melodies and songs. The group's unique combination of powerful pipe solos, driving guitar, and ethereal flute make their performances unforgettable.
Dua is a multidisciplinary performing artist based in Minneapolis. Most recently making their mark with musical collaborators Psymun and Mike Frey, this budding artist has also gained attention in the film and theater world as a director and performer. Though working steadily as a performing artist, Dua has primarily been known for political organizing and workshop facilitation throughout the state of Minnesota through organizations and programs such as Unchain Our Children, Fighting Injustice Through Human Rights and more. They hope to explore art as a means to engage in complex expressions of humanity.
Local artist Dan Israel’s You’re Free is a response to personal, political, and cultural crises by a singer-songwriter who happens to be in midlife. The album, Israel’s fourteenth studio creation, was produced during a transitional period for the Twin Cities native. After twenty-one years on the job, Israel left his editorial position at the nonpartisan Revisor’s Office of the Minnesota State Legislature. This leap of faith has let Israel—for the first time in his adult life—concentrate chiefly on his music, and in addition to writing and recording, he’s been pursuing an active performing schedule, playing his own material as a solo act and bandleader, and putting together sets in tribute to some of his formative influences, including Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.