Lauren Sheehan and Susie Glaze
Lauren Sheehan and Susie Glaze share a deep connection to traditional American music with two divergent paths. They discovered that these paths met beautifully when they joined forces to present a workshop in 2017 at the FAR-West (Regional Folk Alliance) conference on the uses of traditional music for contemporary songwriting. On these two topics these artists are well-versed, as their solo shows feature songs from traditional sources and their own contemporary songwriting, which is typically infused with influences from the great American folk songbook.
The workshop experience was so powerful that it inspired the idea to perform together more. The shows in Southern California will be their first shows together, and they are very excited to join forces once again!
While Lauren and Susie both have a deep fluency with Anglo-influenced Appalachian music, they bring great variety and contrast to their show. Susie's former Hilonesome Band furnished her with many original contemporary folk/Americana tunes ("the new ones that sound like old ones"!) and favorites from their albums such as "Blue Eyed Darlin'," White Swan," and "The Dark Eileen," while also presenting covers of classics from the great Steve Earle, Linda Thompson, David Olney, and John Prine. And her set is never fully complete without a few from her beloved Jean Ritchie. For Lauren, expect music played by Elizabeth Cotton, Mississippi John, Hurt, Robert Johnson, Carter Family, E.C. Ball, Hank Williams, Gillian Welch, and others, delivered with extremely personal expression.
Lauren will begin the show for a solo set, with her powerful and beautiful guitar and voice, and then Susie will bring up her quartet, the New Folk Ensemble, featuring Steve Rankin on mandolin, Fred Sanders on bass, and Mark Indictor on fiddle. Each artist will do a set and they will all join together for a few songs to close. Expect some bits of folklore, personal stories, and historic detail to flow between songs.