Local singer-songwriter Mandy Troxel is bringing two songwriting friends, Jaspar Lepak and Avery Hill, to the island for two unique opportunities for island music lovers at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. at the Grange. This dynamic trio of musicians is pleased to offer a songwriting workshop.
“Finding Your Voice: Inspiration for Songwriting” is a songwriting workshop from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Join Hill, Lepak and Troxel as they share songs, discuss their craft, and offer writing exercises that will help you connect with your authentic voice. Bring a notebook, a favorite pen and all your songwriting questions. This all-ages workshop is for beginner to experienced songwriters, and is free, although donations will be much appreciated.
This intimate format will have all three musicians on stage together, sharing songs individually and collaborating. They promise lots of storytelling, three-part harmonies and snacks. Tickets are $10 at the event, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Hill, Lepak and Troxel met at the FarWest Folk Alliance conference in Bellevue and a year later shared a songwriting show in Conway, Washington.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about how much Islanders would love Avery and Jaspar’s music. And the show was such a fun thing for me,” said Troxel. “I realized how much I wanted to share this with my fellow islanders.”
This will be Hill and Lepak’s first concert on Orcas Island, and Troxel is hoping for an enthusiastic island welcome.
Lepak (jasparlepak.com) is a folk and 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. Family legend has it you could hear Hill (averyhilltunes.com) singing before she even came out. Since then, she has taken a winding road to music, which has contributed greatly to her singular style of “story-singing.” Now based out of Portland, Oregon, when not performing, she runs Song by Song (learnsongbysong.com) a fledgling school of ukulele and music classes. Orcas music lovers are well acquainted with the music of Troxel (mandytroxel.com). Fans often share the similar story of being swung around by the clear bell of her voice and then rooted to the spot by lyrics that have the feeling of a conversation with an old friend.