Wisconsin Women in Folk

Wisconsin Women in Folk

Join us for an intimate afternoon with some of the finest voices in Wisconsin Folk Music. These four songstresses bring warmth to our winter stage with their impactful and inspiring songs. And in the spirit of warmth, this all-female lineup will be donating 20% of ticket sales to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Nestle in at High Noon on December 15th for an afternoon of folk and community.

Savannah Smith

Bri Murphy

"Flawless, soulful voice" (PennLive)... "Folksy, Americana sound...raw voice...mindful of every note and riff" (The Spectator). "A promising young songstress" (PledgeMusic).

With two pianists for parents, Bri has been making music since before she can remember. She started playing violin when she was four years old, and since then picked up piano, mandolin, guitar, French horn, and a little bit of banjo. Bri was born and raised in northwestern Wisconsin, but she has strong roots in Tennessee. She spent her childhood summers eating okra and sweet corn in the Tennessee countryside. Many of her favorite family stories center around Uncle Jimmy, who owned The Uptown Club nightclub in the notorious original Printer’s Alley.

Bri moved to Nashville in 2011 and has since shared the stage with artists from Chris Stapleton to Tanya Tucker, and has toured all over the U.S., Canada, and Japan as a fiddle player and background vocalist for other artists. She took a break from the road in late 2015 to pursue her solo career and released her debut record, "Throw Down My Heart," produced by Eli Beaird, in October 2016.

"Throw Down My Heart" was inspired the way so much art is inspired: by heartbreak. But it wasn't the traditional heartbreak; it was the heartbreak that everyone who moves to Nashville to pursue music experiences but no one ever talks about. She said in an interview with the Leader Telegram, "A lot of those songs...came out of my touring experience ... and the feelings of loneliness, and also the pressure that it puts on relationships and people back home. As a professional touring musician...it’s easy to make it look fabulous on social media, but the reality is you’re sleeping three to four hours a night, and you’re constantly on the road.”

Finding herself as a solo artist has been a healing process that has allowed her to blossom as a young songwriter and artist in Nashville. The title track from her EP, "Throw Down My Heart," was chosen as a semifinalist in the 2016 International Songwriter Competition. Bri has plans in 2017 to record a full-length album with a more focused, acoustic sound, featuring her fiddle playing. Producer Eli Beaird remarked, "Her talent goes way beyond her years, and I’m excited to see her develop into the amazing artist she clearly is.”

Linn Jennings

Linn Jennings is an acoustic musician based in Madison, Wisconsin who writes catchy melodies that will have you humming along . Influenced by acts like The Weepies and Iron and Wine, Linn lends her voice to songs about love, heartbreak, and her dog Gibson

Dana Perry

Madison-based singer and songwriter, Dana Perry, is a one-woman acoustic band who shares her music with strangers in Midwestern coffee houses regardless of the weather outside. With just a guitar, her voice and the tap of her foot on the floor, or the slap of her hand against the wood grain of her guitar, Perry delivers stripped down, soul-baring folk songs that cut through the mundane buzz of everyday humdrum life. Perry's music, while planted firmly in folk soil, isn't about protesting against any particular governmental action. Instead, her songs grow out of her own campaigns in the personal politics of relationships and all our struggles to remain sane in an increasingly insane world.

$10 ADV // $10 DOS

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