Taproot is honored to host The Winterlings for a real musical treat this Friday night. When indie folk duo, The Winterlings, arrived in Washington State five years ago, they were welcomed
Taproot is honored to host The Winterlings for a real musical treat this Friday night.
When indie folk duo, The Winterlings, arrived in Washington State five years ago, they were welcomed by a pack of wild coyotes. “They were outside our motorhome window, howling like cats trapped in a trash can,” Wolff says. “It was delightful.”
Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Amanda Birdsall and Wolff Bowden had toured their first album, The Animal Groom, from Miami to NYC to Seattle. Called an “undeniable gem” by No Depression, the album hit #6 on the Roots Music Report Folk Chart. Partners in life as well as music, The Winterlings parked their RV in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains, where they planned on letting their roots run deep into moss and glacial silt.
Wolff grew up in a house on stilts, high above a Florida swamp. Encounters with foxes and alligators filled his dreams with forest beings he called “Winterlings.”
“When you’re little you’re made of adventure,” Wolff recalls. “So, I built bonfires and sang for them. One had the head of a fox and the body of a woman. Another was half-tortoise. I would drum on his chest with my six year old fists and we would laugh. Soon, even when I wasn’t dreaming, I felt as if the Winterlings were watching over me.”
Decades later, Wolff felt like the Winterlings were still with him, even on the rainy Olympic Peninsula, 3000 miles from his childhood swamp. Amanda feels their presence too. “For me, they have come to symbolize the creative force itself,” she says.
“Society is always pushing a prescribed path,” Wolff adds. “Winterlings are inner voices that say, ‘Maybe you should try the woods instead of the road.’ We both abandoned traditional roads to follow our creative callings.”
The Winterlings have played the CMJ Music festival in Manhattan, The Juan De Fuca Festival in Port Angeles, Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle and Fisherman’s Village Music Festival in Everett. Their songs have appeared in multiple video projects including Outdoor Research’s Tiny House Tour (“Belize”) and the Irish Documentary Jennie Hodgers produced by TG4 (“Jennie Hodgers”).
The Winterlings have played shows with Blue Oyster Cult, Frazey Ford (The Be Good Tanyas), Heart by Heart, The Maldives, The Chapin Sisters, Danny Schmidt, Cataldo and many other stellar performers. They have played across the US, Canada and Mexico, warming stages at hundreds of distinguished venues, including The Bearsville Theater, Benaroya Hall, Appel Farm (sold out show), SEATAC International Airport, The Tractor Tavern and Seattle’s iconic EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum for the 20th Anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s In Utero Album.
The Winterlings released their sophomore album, You Are Acres, on January 15, 2016 at a sold out show to a crowd of 250 at Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Following an amazing California and Oregon Tour in October, The Winterlings stunned Seattle music fans by releasing their third studio album, Poems That Live As People, on November 12th, 2016. The Album reached #21 on the Alternative Folk Chart. With new classics like “Be Kind To the Housefly” and “Crawlspace,” The Winterlings continue to surprise and inspire audiences worldwide. 2017 has been The Winterlings’ busiest year to date. In late September, The Winterlings plan to release their 5th studio album, “The Ghost of Leonard Cohen.”
(See their full bio on their website, www.winterlings.com)
(Friday) 9:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Taproot Lounge and Cafe
356 State Street, Salem OR 97301