THE FOLK CLUB OF SOUTH FLORIDA, INC.
MARIANNE FLEMMING &
DIANE WARD and JACK SHAWDE
LUNA STAR CAFÉ, SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
775 NE 125TH Street, North Miami, FL 33161 305-799-7123
Requested Contribution: $10, members of any folk club $7
Marianne Flemming performs hippie chick music, exasperated mom blues, whatever happend to our planet laments, and music that honors the spirits that have paved the way before…In short,an all-around gal-guitar slinger/singer who loves to wail, weep and transcend. A 2006 MAMA (Madison,WI) nominee in the “Best Acoustic Song” and “Best Acoustic Artist” category, Marianne has a long history in the folk/troubadour tradition.
Marianne brings a decidedly left of center perspective to her songwriting. Described as “textured, expressive, sensual and zany,” she has many hues on her songwriting palette. Born and raised in South Florida, Marianne got the music bug early due to an influence from her father, a nightclub singer in the 40’s and 50’s. Upon graduating college, Marianne hit the road, and thru her travels she gathered the many influences that would become her unique style. Years spent performing in the Caribbean, busking in Europe, or jamming in a bar in Venezuela have all been synthesized into a musical style that lifts your soul and moves your feet.
After spending 10 years in Madison Wisconsin, Marianne added family and children to her most proudest of accomplishments. She recently finished grad school to become a special education teacher and now makes southwestern Washington her home.
“Folky-Blues with a Jazzy groove -songs that can make you laugh, songs that can make you cry -sometimes both in the same song!”
“The combination of her great lyrics and stellar musicianship makes this woman a cult legend.” Rachel Bissex, Singer/Songwriter
DIANE WARD and JACK SHAWDE
It’s all there in Diane Ward’s lalbum, “Wonderlight.” There’s the impeccable production team of Diane and Jack Shawde, the great musicianship of the band and featured guests, as well as the superstar credentials of mixologist John Merchant (Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion) and legendary mastering guru Bob Ludwig (Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin). With “Wonderlight,” Ward’s celebrated vocals have developed more depth and purpose, and the melodies settle in the cortex and cannot be shaken. But above all it is the songwriting, the majesty of the lyrics, and the passion for life’s truths that take hold of our spirits as we bathe in the “Wonderlight.”
Then, there is the matter of Diane’s exceptional voice. Music journalist Greg Baker recounts his visit to a recording session of Diane’s previous album, “The Great Impossible” … “the sounds coming from the (recording) booth on this summer night – ghostly, pitch perfect, tough and fragile at once – boggle.” Numerous “Best Female Vocalist” awards attest to the special gift that has helped catapult Diane’s career into the national spotlight.
Such accomplished talent did not appear suddenly without hard work and the contributions of many other gifted people. Born and bred in Miami, Diane’s talents were nurtured by some of the finest musicians in the area. In 1995, pursuing more of an acoustic sound, she went solo, teaming with Jack Shawde, whose eloquent guitar work helped bring her songs and characters to life. Jack’s career has encompassed projects and tours with such notables as Bob Dylan, Dr. John, John Mayall, Al Kooper, and Stan Lynch of the Heartbreakers.
This year Diane was back in the studio and scheduled to release her 5th album (title TBA) on Shinytown Records. In support of the new album Diane and Jack will be touring across the U.S. in support of the new release. Come hear some of the work in progress.