FREE Concert in Huntington's Heckscher Park
The Chapin Rainbow Stage
The Folk Music Society presents our event in the
38th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival
esides her ability to mesh country, folk and Tejano themes in her songs, Tish Hinojosa's musical calling-card has always been her crystal-pure voice.
er rich, warm soprano has never sounded so direct and universal, as Hinojosa ponders the major changes in her life the past few years, and reflects her heritage in subtle new ways.
ur sets are always a little unpredictable," says Tish of her live performances. "We never just put it on automatic pilot and go ... if we're playing a real Hispanic event it'll be different, or maybe if we're representing Texas, or if it's a real folk event or we are playing with a symphony. I want to see what will work for a particular audience, what will play in that neighborhood," she says with a smile.
he has many influences to draw on. Hinojosa's journey in music began in San Antonio as the daughter of immigrant parents, listening to Mexican music on her mother's kitchen radio. "I was always fascinated by that as a child," she recalls, "although I sure didn't know it would lead me to where I am now!" In high school she was drawn to folk mass celebrations and learned guitar. "Those girls who sang at the folk mass, they were the first ones who ever really told me I had a voice, that I could sing," she says.
n her twenties she left San Antonio and moved to northern New Mexico. "I went up there as a folksinger," she says, "sitting in the corner of the bar and playing songs. Pretty soon I saw I was going to have to do more than that to support myself, and I had met some musicians up there, so we formed a band to play country music, which I had never really sung before. I fell in love with music by Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris what I was calling country music at the time. I also started listening to some of the mountain music, real heartfelt stuff like Hazel Dickens and Patsy Cline." This gave Hinojosa the insight to begin songwriting. "My career up until then had been singing other people's music," she says, "but I realized I had this whole bag of experiences and influences, going back to that Mexican kitchen radio, that I had never heard expressed in song." She also had a way to try them out. "I'd hide them in dance sets," she recalls, "put a two step beat on them, and figure the dancers wouldn't notice that much." Soon, though, she was ready for a wider challenge. She and her husband, Craig Barker, began booking themselves into the college circuit, "making it the real main thrust of doing my own music. Kinda reluctantly at first, it was scary, but I got confidence as I saw I could play and write and sing at least as well as the other people who were doing those clubs. Then, we thought the next step would be in country music."
aining in popularity, she subsequently recorded three releases on Watermelon records, followed by three CDs on Rounder and Warner. Since separated from her husband and Warner, her latest CD Sign of Truth was co-produced with her longtime guitar partner Marvin Dykhuis ... "A lot of what happened in the past few years has been a total turning over of my world," Hinojosa says, and it's shown in her writing for the reflective CD, which closes with "If we don't count our blessings, we're wasting our time"
Local artists, the lively acoustic duo, Princess Peapod, features the rich, linen-textured vocals of Michele Frimmer with the inventive harmonies and multi-layered guitar style of Dave Cook. Princess Peapod combines socially-conscious lyrics with just the right amount of crunch and groove to make for third millennium-age folk at it's best.
Dave and Michele will treat us to a sampling of their songs that will prove their talents in composition and in presentation. Expect to be excited by their broad range, their smooth harmonies and their clear, crisp lyrics.
Princess Peapod's often reflective, sometimes quirky lyrics find universal appeal in the imagination of diverse audiences. With their feet on the ground and heads in the clouds, Dave and Michele's candid performances are joyful expressions of the moment filled with bittersweet truth and persistent hope.
Dave Cook has been playing the guitar solo and in bands since age fourteen. During the past six years he has been active producing New York-based singer-songwriters. Michele Frimmer is a life-long student of classical piano and voice. She is also a trained artist and educator and devotes a good deal of time to the furtherance of art education for children as well as to her own artistic endeavors.
It was a treat to have them open for this terrific concert.
|THIS EVENT WAS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART WITH PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS. IN SUFFOLK COUNTY, THE DECENTRALIZATION PROGRAM IS ADMINISTERED BY THE HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL. IT IS A PRESENTATION OF THE HUNTINGTON SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE TOWN OF HUNTINGTON AND PRODUCED BY THE HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL.|