Acclaimed for their instrumental prowess, onstage charm and soulful vocals, Tulsa-based Vintage Wildflowers was formed in January 2009. Their performances “declare both their respect for traditional music and their desire to create a style completely their own”. Their music is a reflection of the musical lives and backgrounds of these three women, melding the trio’s wide-ranging musical interests with their Celtic music obsession.
Vintage Wildflowers debuted with a sold-out performance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s 2009 Summerstage Festival and were featured in concert at the Midwest Harp Festival later that summer. They also were invited to participate in the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa’s Harwelden Institute, presenting educational concerts in schools throughout the Tulsa area.
In February 2010 the trio performed at the University of Tulsa to a standing-room-only crowd that overflowed the concert hall into the lobby and hallways of the building. In March 2010 they were invited to perform at North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, TX. Their NTIF appearance coincided with the release of their first CD, “The Upstairs Sessions”. The Southwest Celtic Music Association’s Ceili Magazine noted, “These women will be delighting audiences in Oklahoma and the Southwest for a long time to come.”
Vintage Wildflowers has also performed at the American Heritage Music Festival, the Champaign Urbana (IL) Folk and Roots Festival, the OKMozart International Music Festival, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Summerstage Festival (also in 2010 and 2011), the Oklahoma Celtic Festival, the Claremore Bluegrass and Chili Festival, Americana Unplugged and Global Oklahoma 2010. Other performances include the Yale Avenue Christian Church Summer Concert Series, the Salon House Concert Series, the Fall Harvest Art Fair, Inverness Village, Stone Bluff Vineyards Concert Series and The Canebrake Resort.
In Winter 2011 they returned to the University of Tulsa “Concerts with Commentary” Series as well as the North Texas Irish Festival. Their second album, “Lovely Madness” was released in March 2011 and was hailed as a “declaration of their evolving vision with adventurous choices in repertoire and a distinctive artistic voice”. Spring 2011 saw the trio’s debut in concert at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts as well as the Dallas Acoustic House Concert Series. They were also invited to participate in the Acoustic Oklahoma recording project.
Summer 2011 featured Vintage Wildflowers’ national debut on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC as well as a performance on the internationally broadcast Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Marie Gullard of the Washington Examiner wrote, “Theirs is a full and rich sound that can fill a concert hall with song and three-part harmonies or, if they choose, make a tune resonate softly to float on the air…” The Kennedy Center concert was the centerpiece of the trio’s first tour which included notable performances at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, and a concert at the Clarksville TN Customs House Museum, under the auspices of the Clarksville TN Arts and Heritage Development Council.
Vintage Wildflowers' 2012 kicked off with a weekend in January of sold-out performances at the Three Rivers Museum Coffeehouse Series in Muskogee, OK and at the OK Mozart House Concert Series in Bartlesville, OK.
Vintage Wildflowers music can be heard on radio stations from Alaska to the British Isles; they have been featured on NPR’s Folk Salad, Folk Sampler, and Funk Roots Radio. Hometown fans recently voted them “Best of Tulsa Bands” in a poll sponsored by Greater Tulsa Reporter newspapers.
Dana Fitzgerald Maher - Vocals, Celtic harp
Abby Bozarth - Vocals, Guitar, mandolin, Fiddle
Audrey Schmidt - Lead Vocals, The Bass
The Upstairs Sessions 2010
Lovely Madness 2011
Celtic Sounds from the Plains
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The Tulsa-based Vintage Wildflowers share their traditional Celtic music with audiences around the ...The Tulsa-based Vintage Wildflowers share their traditional Celtic music with audiences around the United States and internationally.
Lovely Madness CD Review- Vintage Wildflowers
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Lovely Madness is a wonderful collection of songs. The combination of harp, whistles and lovely voca...Lovely Madness is a wonderful collection of songs. The combination of harp, whistles and lovely vocals might remind you of a Celtic or Renaissance Fair but these ladies definitely belong on a concert stage. The songs are all beautiful and the album has a range of songs that will take you on an emotional journey. There are both sad songs and lively songs. Most of them tell wonderful stories that you will find yourself swept up in and all are brilliantly performed.
Vintage Wildflowers play Ireland's Music
June 12, 2011
Customs House Museum to host Celtic Music and Irish Dinner
June 17, 2011
Two Ensembles Celebrate New CDs with Harwelden Concerts
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Highlights Vintage Wildflowers' upcoming concert at Harwelden on Saint Patrick's Day, along with the...Highlights Vintage Wildflowers' upcoming concert at Harwelden on Saint Patrick's Day, along with the release of the groups new CD "Lovely Madness".
Meet at the Crossroads for a Little Bit of a Change
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Interview with James Watts of the Tulsa World regarding Vintage Wildflowers concert for Tulsa Perfor...Interview with James Watts of the Tulsa World regarding Vintage Wildflowers concert for Tulsa Performing Arts Center's 2010 Summerstage Festival.
Vintage Wildflowers Connects the Old World with the New.
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Article in Oklahoma Magazine highlighting Vintage Wildflowers June 2011 performance at the Kennedy C...Article in Oklahoma Magazine highlighting Vintage Wildflowers June 2011 performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. By Meika Yates Hines
Traditional Songs: False Lady, In My Prime, I Am Stretched On Your Grave, P Stands for Paddy,
Songs (newly composed in traditional style): All the Diamonds/ Bruce Cockburn, Bold Jamie/Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman, Sweet Bride/Kate Rusby, Pretty Bird/Hazel Dickens, One, I Love/Jean Ritchie, Pastures of Plenty/Woody Guthrie
Tunes: Lord Mayo, Maid of Mount Cisco, Lochaber Badger, Farewell to Uist, The Butterfly, The Banshee, A Fig for A Kiss, The Merry Sisters, House of Hamill, Midsummers Night, Chattering Magpies, Arkansas Traveler, Blackberry Blossom, Lark in the Strand, and others
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