2018, December, 1, 7:30 PM

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The Musical Chairs House Concert Series of Lexington is proud to present:


Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as the four Windborne singers present Song on the Times, their project of working class movements for peoples' rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles. The group was catapulted to new heights when the clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower went viral, and their Indiegogo for the project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people in every state and 22 countries. Aside from this new project, Windborne has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world, Windborne is able to shift from radically different genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song, as an English ballad. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage - their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.


Our music will include songs of social struggle from our song on the Times project (with some very new arrangements as well!) and harmony traditions from around the world including Basque, Georgian, Corsican, Quebecois, and Occitan.


Lauren Breunig sang with Village Harmony for many years and travelled with their first study program to Corsica. Since then, she has toured with Northern Harmony in the US, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, and Switzerland. She has also sung with Hallowell, a hospice choir that sings at the bedsides of individuals nearing the end of life. Currently, she works as a circus artist and teacher, performing on aerial fabric, trapeze, and in partner acrobatics.

In 2013 Jeremy Carter-Gordon joined Windborne, rounding out the group with bass notes and more banjo! Jeremy holds a MA in dance anthropology, and is a bit of a dance nomad, from studying Swedish folk dance at the Erik Sahlstrom Institute in Sweden to traveling across Europe on a Watson Fellowship, collecting sword dance traditions. He is a well-known in the folk music and dance community for his singing, dancing, and has taught traditional music and dance on five continents!

Lynn Mahoney Rowan is a veteran singer of Northern Harmony. She has travelled to Corsica twice to study traditional polyphonic singing. She is an accomplished song arranger, and an energetic workshop leader and teacher for Village Harmony as well as taking over the teen choir for Revels North. She specializes in highly ornamented styles of singing, such as music from Corsica and Eastern Georgia. She received a B.A. in Performance Studies from Marlboro College. She composed music for a production of Federico Lorca's Blood Wedding, directed by Eric Bass.

Will Thomas Rowan received his B.A. in Music Composition from Marlboro College, and his masters in Conducting from the Bard College Conservatory. He specializes in choral compositions inspired by and incorporating styles and themes from the Shape-Note and ballad singing traditions. He has sung for many years with Northern Harmony and he teaches for Village Harmony. Will is a regular soloist and guest instructor with Revels North. For Windborne, Will plays the banjo and two Georgian stringed instruments, the Panduri and the Chonguri. In other musical endeavors, Will sometimes plays jazz and rock piano, as well as traditional Bulgarian drum.


Grey Funnel Line
Rollin In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Stabat Mater (Corsica)

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"Vocal virtuosity such as you rarely see on any folk stage"
-Watford Folk

"Beautiful harmonies, fully committed to the pieces...A full blend of voices!"
-Brian O'Donovan, Celtic Sojourn

"Sublime listening... its simple beauty is the outward expression of high artistry and meticulous care."
-The Reformer

"Unusual four-part harmony...perfect use of four good voices"
-fRoots Magazine

"A gleefully winding path through American music...theirs is a dynamic approach born of genuine and deep-seated appreciation of the tradition in all its aspects"
-Fatea Magazine

"Completely enthralled with them from the first notes...their harmonies are gorgeous..."
-No Depression