Random Howse Presents: Women Songwriters in the Round

Thursday, February 23, 7 pm, Random Howse

— from Carolyn Cruso —

Join Orcas Island women songwriters Mandy Troxel, Melody Funk, and Carolyn Cruso for a special night of original tunes at Random Howse on Thursday February 23 at 7 pm. Come see these creative women share their stories through song in this unique format.

The Songwriter in the Round format is a magical way to see and hear multiple songwriters share their musical stories. It’s a lot like sitting at a campfire and passing a guitar around but in this case the songwriters are on a stage and there will be piano and bass as well as multiple guitars. While all the performers are similar in that they are female singer-songwriters, there will be a wonderful diversity of style shared through their various approaches to songwriting and to life based on years on the planet, musical influences, and how they use songs as vehicles to express themselves from the ordinary to the mysterious. Random Howse is a wonderful listening room for this kind of show.

The Performers:
From concert hall to campfire, troubadour Carolyn Cruso has traveled the nation and all over Europe sharing her contemporary acoustic songs, influenced by folk, rock, jazz and Americana. She’s a multi-instrumentalist, playing hammered dulcimer, flute, guitar, and voice.

She’ll be focusing on her songwriting talents at this Orcas 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.

Mandy Troxel jokingly describes her music as “Island Mama Americana”. She is no stranger to the Random Howse stage, most recently with her band The Bitter Ends. This performance is a chance for her to debut some new songs, as well as showcase favorites from her album “If Only Words Could Keep Me Warm.” Her songwriting has been described as having “the feel of an old friend, pulling the listener into heartfelt conversation with lyrics both wistful and wise.” Mandy has shared the stage with a wide array of seasoned musicians, including Victoria Williams, Jan Krist, Tom Kimmel and Robert Deeble, all of whom have capitalized on Mandy’s vocal chops by inviting her to sing harmonies during their performances.

Melody Funk comes from a musical family which allowed her to begin her musical career at an early age, performing with her parents and siblings at concerts and benefits. She studied voice and oboe, and attended Mt Hood Community College to study jazz.

From the house band at Rosario Resort from 1975-80 to Cooperate Functions, Festivals,Clubs, The Seattle Seahawk Band, and ten years of performing on cruise ships, vocalist and bassist Melody Funk, 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.

This show is by donation. Call 376-1111 for more information or visit www.randomhowse.com. For more information – Carolyn Cruso -360/376-5290, carolyncruso@rockisland.com, or April Duke – 376-1111, april@randomhowse.com

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Random Howse Presents: Women Songwriters in the Round — 1 Comment

  1. Oh, islanders, you don’t want to miss this mid-winter chance to hear some wonderful songwriting, sweet voices, harmony and I’ll bet a bit of serendipity and laughter as well.