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Western Female is going on tour in the Pacific Northwest. Please check in online for updated information about performances.
New York based WESTERN FEMALE is coming to the Pacific Northwest, with songwriter Melanie Curran at the helm. Through channels of Americana, Old Time, Honky-Tonk, Croon, Early Jazz, French Chanson, Rock n’ Roll, and Spoken Word, WESTERN FEMALE brings audiences closer to the places, people, and histories lingering below the surface of the western experience. While entertaining their audiences, WESTERN FEMALE also invites examinations of the role of the female performer over the course of history. What can she sing about, how can her body move, how must she dress, what stories can she tell on stage, and how does the culture embrace her, commodify her, venerate her, or long for her demise?
Melanie Curran will be joined onstage by Peter Freeman and by Dave Bolt, with whom she founded the old-time string band, The High-Waisted Ramblers. WESTERN FEMALE’S Pacific Northwest Tour is one of three location-based tours this summer, including tours in the Southwest and Northeast. In fall, Ms. Curran will depart for Bretagne, France on a Fulbright Fellowship to write ethnographically about Breton traditional music.