Womyn Making Waves is delighted to have two different musical guest on August 14.
Heather O’Neill is a guitarist and singer songwriter. She has gained praise for her unique lyric style and eclectic musical compositions.
Heather is known for her live shows .Where she routinely performs little comic monologues in between her songs. O’Neill refers to it as “Provocative Blues with a comedy chaser. I’m trying to inject a comical spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.” She has toured all over the U.S. and the U.K. playing clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, cabarets, and festivals. As well as enjoying airplay on podcasts, women’s and college radio.
A Feminist Manifesto is her latest album. It is infused with funk and R&B. A beautiful juxtaposition to the powerful and sometimes heart breaking lyrics. On this venture, Heather’s strong solo performance is enhanced by horns, bass, drums, and violin accompaniment from Jerry Goodman of Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Bringing dreamy, toe tapping music and a sense of humor to serious feminist issues. Heather had this to say about the project “I wanted to make a record that addresses the nuances of misogyny in a modern setting . I feel as though art is at its best in the form of community outreach. When a nerve is hit either politically or emotionally that makes someone feel the comfort of being less alone.
Creating a startling combination of poetic lyrics and moving melodies, writer Kelcy Wilburn became the artist Kelcy Mae in 2004. Kelcy Mae’s songs are a fusion of traditional roots music and indie rock. With enchanting melodies and unique lyrics, she demands the audience’s attention at every show.
Kelcy Mae was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on St. Patrick’s Day, 1983. She was raised in Shreveport, surrounded by an inherently musical family. At the urging of her mother, Kelcy began playing piano at the age of six, and these early years of playing piano laid the foundation for her musical career. She later picked up the trumpet at age ten and guitar and bass guitar at age fourteen. During her high school years, Kelcy began showing great interest in poetry and chose to pursue writing at Loyola University New Orleans. She now holds an MFA in poetry from the University of New Orleans.
During college, Kelcy Mae found that by combining her love for the English language with her innate passion for music, she could give audiences a fresh new sound, something relatively uncommon in the seemingly corporate cookie-cutter world of music. During her time at both Loyola and UNO, Wilburn found her voice, and Kelcy Mae found her audience. A New Orleans-based artist, she performs regularly around the city and the state, playing such festivals as New Orleans’s French Quarter Festival and Shreveport’s Red River Revel Arts Festival. She is also a published writer with recent appearances in both Waccamaw and Hobart.
Kelcy, who sings and plays guitar and piano, is commonly backed by Bad Andy on lead guitar, Lucy Cordts on banjo and background vocals , Owen Romero on bass guitar, Kyle Sharamitaro on percussion, and Tom Marron on violin & harmonica.
Check out their web pages and don’t forget to listen on August 14