Newtown, CT – The Flagpole Radio Café continues its sixth season with Sloan Wainwright. Tickets are on sale at www.flagpoleproductions.org. The show begins at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, CT. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students. If further information is needed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Producer Martin Blanco noted, “Sloan Wainwright’s appearance is highly anticipated and long overdue. She was supposed to perform last February, but sadly we were compelled to cancel the show in the wake of the December tragedy. She could not have been more gracious and I am grateful that we are back and that she is able to join us this year. She possesses a rich voice and a rare ability to interpret song. She brings folk music to a very distinctive place and I expect our audience will take much delight in her artistry.
Sloan Wainwright has been a pioneer all her life. A forerunner in the independent music scene long before it became hip to walk the road less traveled; Sloan is an artist whose passionate work and extraordinary life have fused to burn a new definition for women in music: Grown-up girl style. An outstanding and highly original singer, Sloan is a compelling performer best known for her rich contralto voice, intensely personal lyrics, and an innovative approach to song. Hard to categorize, her musical style melds the best of pop, folk, jazz, and blues to create a soulful hybrid. Her personal appearances are forceful and uplifting; her stage persona self-described as “we take our audience on a journey; we come in full tilt and do our show.”
Born into a highly acclaimed musical family (youngest sister to Loudon Wainwright, Auntie to Rufus and Martha Wainwright), Sloan’s teenage years were largely influenced by a constant flow of diverse artists, writers and musicians. She learned to play the piano and watched her brother Loudon, 11 years older (and the father of Rufus and Martha), become successful. Writing and performing throughout the Greenwich Village hipster scene, Sloan developed her unique style. She remarks, “There was an effortlessness about the flow of creativity at that stage of my life. I didn’t think; I was just fearlessly flowing.”
In the mid 90’s Sloan began to collaborate with guitarist Stephen Murphy. From their instant creative synergy, a band was put together and within no time, Sloan released a self-titled debut CD in 1996 — Sloan Wainwright. The CD was a critical success and introduced the music to a national audience.
The Sloan Wainwright Band followed with a second release in 1998. A tribute in memory of her mother Martha titled From Where You Are. The third band release from early 2001 titled The Song Inside is a pivotal work in its merging of traditionally based folk music and more eccentric, creatively evolved variations. The current CD release, titled Cool Morning sees Sloan take on a myriad of musical challenges. Songs like “Word of The Day” showcase her unique singing voice and vocal styling. One of the most memorable cuts on the CD is her rendition of U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name.” Her performance of this classic not only radiates the greatness of the song, but also gives the listener the clear vision of Sloan as a modern day interpreter of lyrics and music.
December 2005 saw the release of the first-ever live in concert CD for Sloan and band mates entitled Sloan Wainwright and Friends On A Night Before Christmas. This holiday celebration CD features The Sloan Wainwright band live in concert along with guest performances by The Kennedys, Cadence Carroll, Penny Nichols and Gandalf Murphy, and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams.
Now in its sixth season, The Flagpole Radio Café was created by Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It features music by Jim Allyn and The Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, radio style comedy sketches by the Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre nd appearances by guests artists of accomplishment if not renown.
After four years of performances, the show took a hiatus in the shadow of the Sandy Hook Shootings of December 14, 2012. n that most terrible day, ensemble members Francine and David Wheeler lost their son Benjamin. The tragedy reunited the ensemble with Peter Yarrow, who produced A Family Concert of Caring, Healing and Togetherness at the Ridgefield Playhouse with the intent on bringing a measure of peace to the greater community as well as contributing to the broader movement for non-violence in our country. The ensemble, especially singer Francine Wheeler, was prominently featured in this presentation. A one hour version of this concert was subsequently broadcast on PBS in New York this summer, and shortly will be available to PBS stations throughout the country.
The ensemble is comprised of musicians Jim Allyn, Rob Bonaccorso, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neil and Francine Wheeler, and actors Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, and David Wheeler. Each show also features a musical guest artist and has included luminaries such as Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Peter Yarrow, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Jonathon Edwards, Elisabeth Von Trapp, Christine Lavin, Deborah Henson-Conant, Patty Larkin, Vaneese Thomas, Roger Ball of The Average White Band, and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.
The Flagpole Radio Café will be performed on February 8th at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens. Other performance dates are: March 22, and May 17. For ticket sales and information visit www.flagpoleproductions.org or call (203) 364.0898.