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Raising our voices, raising each other ...

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"What an entertaining and heart warming trio. Magical harmonies and lyrics like spring."

- Auntmama (Mary Anne Moorman) KBCS

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Artichoke Music - Portland, OR
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Lum Farm - Orcas Island, WA
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Raising Hazel
Raising Hazel

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Click the following for info on shows for: Avery Hill - Jaspar Lepak - Mandy Troxel 

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Missed our March 5 Live Stream?

Watch the replay here!

Our (mostly) annual International Women's Day show - Thank you so much to the Artichoke Music community for hosting us!

aBOUT rAISING HAZEL

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Raising voices, raising children, and raising hell (in their own way), singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Avery Hill (Portland, OR), Jaspar Lepak (Minneapolis, MN) and Mandy Troxel (Orcas Island, WA) are Raising Hazel, a brand new acoustic folk trio.  Formed in the spirit of friendship and a love of musical craft, these multitasking mamas have their recipe down: powerful songwriting, intricate harmonies, and a healthy pinch of attitude. Performing songs with the intimacy and authenticity of stories passed down through the ages (usually around a kitchen table), Raising Hazel represents what women have always known: there is a lot one can do on her own but the richest experiences are the ones we share together.

 

With musical inspirations spanning women from all eras of folk music, Raising Hazel unapologetically sings about the truths of life, relishing the simple and unpacking the complicated. They sing with the earnestness of Hazel Dickens, one of the first women in bluegrass and a fierce advocate for women's and worker's rights. They tell stories of complex emotion and understanding in the vein of Nancy Griffith, Dar Williams, and Patty Griffin. Their voices gorgeously blend in the tradition of trios such as “Trio” by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, and The Wailin' Jennys. Somewhere at the intersection of Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, and a little Tin Pan Alley, you’ll find Raising Hazel looking for the best way to showcase each story they have to tell. 

 

Above all, Raising Hazel seeks to bear witness to those who mistakenly believe they are ordinary and to remind listeners of the capacity we all have to raise our voices and to raise each other up.

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Avery Hill

Avery Hill has a singular style of "story-singing", seamlessly integrating characters and melodies. She borrows from several styles and genres, but the stories and images of her lyrics ring true. In addition to writing and performing, Avery also teaches ukulele classes that feature the work of lesser known artists and genres.

 

"This emerging singer-songwriter has a memorable, lilting voice and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent." ~ Tom May, River City Folk. 

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Jaspar Lepak

www.jasparlepak.com

Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songwriter whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. A child of the Sonoran Desert, her songs are deeply influenced by the many places she has called home: Tucson, Seattle, Durban, and currently Minneapolis. Sweeping across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.

 

"You'll find more than enough beauty and original charm to make you a fan." ~ Rolling Stone South Africa. 

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mandy troxel

www.mandytroxel.com

Juxtaposing the beauty of her home in the San Juan Islands with the connection and humor of small town living, Mandy's songs acknowledge the dark moments in life, while also underlying a certain optimism. On island, she works full-time at Lum Farm, and can most often be found in the barn singing to goats. 

 

"Mandy Troxel’s songs have the feel of an old friend, pulling the listener into heartfelt conversation with lyrics both wistful and wise.” ~ Jan Krist