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The Winterlings

Port Angeles, Washington, United States | SELF

Port Angeles, Washington, United States | SELF
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If you like The Weepies, then folky/rootsy duo The Winterlings just might be your cup of herbal tea. The timeless eleven songs on their new album The Animal Groom, including “Take Give,” “Long May You Live,” “Jennie Hodgers,” “Flying Kites By Moonlight” and “Belize” serve to remind listeners of the power of two voices in an acoustic setting.

This article was reprinted in the Bay Area Reporter http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=music&article=822 and in the Wisconsin Gazette under the headline "Duos" http://www.wisconsingazette.com/music/duos.html - Baltimore Outloud


With a hefty 1,200+ artists studding CMJ 2010’s bill this week, we decided to help you narrow down the choices with another trusty three-letter combo: ABC. Choosing one favorite from each letter of the alphabet, we found 26 can’t-miss CMJ acts playing in New York over the course of the next few days. - PasteMagazine.com


The Winterlings is a credible musical act with something real to offer. - LMNOP.com


Some things are just too convenient to be a coincidence, like being named Wolff or Birdsall and also being a talented folk musician. Winterlings is one such folk duo comprised of individuals with animalistic names; Wolff Bowden and Amanda Birdsall. With names like that it’s no surprise that they can serve up some amazing folk music. - The Aquarian


The Winterlings, a folk duo from South Florida featuring Wolff Bowden and Amanda Birdsall announce the release of their new disc, THE ANIMAL GROOM. A modern classic, the record pays homage to the songsmiths of the 70’s. Redwood River is releasing this collection of gems on October 12th. Tastemakers such as XM/Sirius Radio’s Vin Scelsa and WXPN have been playing the disc to great reaction. Along with being a talented musician, Wolff Bowden is a also a self-taught painter recently been named Artist of the Millennium by ARTEXPO MIAMI. The cover of the album Is one of his paintings.

- Beast of Bourbon


Over three days during the musical marathon that is CMJ, photographer Jeff Fasano and reporter Matthew Shepatin lured 28 of the very best acts to private club Norwood for exclusive photo shoots and one-on-ones ("CMJ is a clusterfudge. Your sets are short, they’ re rushing you, the Man is giving you a hard time...But, seriously, it’s been exciting,” says Eric Schwortz of Milagres) before the bands were out the door and running to their next show, roadies in tow. What resulted is a whirlwind snapshot of the most exhilarating, exhaustive, and exhausting musical showcase of the year. Check out the best of CMJ after the jump.

- BlackBookMag.com NYC


For The Winterlings, folk music is just a starting point. They are the duo of Wolff Bowden and Amanda Birdsall. Both play guitar, and they play six other instruments between them on the album The Animal Groom. There are additional musicians who further expand the musical pallette. The result is an album of richly varied arrangements. Bowden sings in a folk tenor, while Birdsall presents a bluesy country soprano. Their voices shouldn’t blend, but they do. The pair cowrote all of the songs here, and they are rich in nature imagery, especially about the weather. Many of the songs come from a dark place, but also a very rich one. The album art is by Wolff Bowden, and like the music, it is the work of an artist whose goes where the muse wishes to take him. The result is dreamlike at times, and endlessly fascinating.

- Oliver di Place


The Winterlings have arrived on the scene with a stunning album, The Animal Groom. Amanda Birdsall and Wolff Bowden follow their muse and create a singular performance experience through music, painting and poetry. You’ll be mesmerized.
- Philly Fun Guide


"Beautiful harmonies, poetic lyrics, really stunning stuff."
- The Patriot-News


"I love it . . . it's really beautifully and thoughtfully and delicately
put together. It's great work . . . And I hope you're getting a really strong
response to it. You should be."
- Danny Schmidt, Folk Legend


"I listened to your CD and loved it!" - Kathy Morgan, Music Director, WMUD Vermont


The Winterlings have "a song [Take Give] that really knocks me out. It's one of my current favorites."
- Gene Shay, Legendary Folk DJ, WXPN Philadelphia


Discography

The Animal Groom (2010)
On The Night You Were Born (2008) (as The Orphan Trains)

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The Winterlings met on the wild savannahs between the countries of poetry and song. Amanda Birdsall had spent the previous decade performing on stages from Florida to Canada, recording three solo albums along the way. Wolff Bowden had published two full-length books of poetry, including nearly thirty poems which had appeared in literary magazines. He had won several major poetry awards, booked a reading with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and had been named ARTEXPO ARTIST OF THE MILLENNIUM in Miami for his mixed-media paintings.

Wolff and Amanda met one night at a party where a Buddhist ritual had just taken place in a backyard fire pit. The ritual consisted of writing, on small slips of paper, wishes that would burn in the flames so their smoke might lift them into the wind and make them real. Wolff burned his wish and Amanda arrived an hour later.

Wolff and Amanda sold their cars on Ebay, bought a banged-up van from a motorcycle shop, and drove to Oregon where they knew no one. They rented a small apartment next to a large forest and wrote the songs for their first album: On The Night You Were Born. This album, released under the name of The Orphan Trains, supported a second trip to Oregon where Amanda and Wolff slipped into a blue cocoon, wrote their new album, THE ANIMAL GROOM, and became The Winterlings.

Delivering their well-crafted lyrics with both male and female vocals, guitars, banjo, harmonica, and percussion, The Winterlings have warmed the ears of thousands of discerning listeners from Florida to Oregon. Listen to their new album, THE ANIMAL GROOM, and you’ll march beside the bravest female soldier of The Civil War, who fought and lived as a man. You’ll help a Belizean immigrant pin an orchid corsage on a girl he lost to the hurricane of time. You’ll swim beside a bowed bass that hums like a great blue whale.

Singer/Songwriter duo Amanda Birdsall and Wolff Bowden will bring you back to the masterful work of Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Patty Griffin and Leonard Cohen. With classic roots and a fresh perspective, The Winterlings deliver music from the new folk frontier.

THE WINTERLINGS' NEW CD The Animal Groom REACHED #6 ON THE ROOTS MUSIC REPORT FOLK CHART

THE WINTERLINGS' NEW CD The Animal Groom DEBUTED AT #12 ON THE ROOTS MUSIC REPORT FOLK CHART

THE WINTERLINGS SHOWCASED AT 2010 CMJ MUSIC FESTIVAL

THE WINTERLINGS WERE NAMED A "CAN'T MISS" CMJ ACT BY PASTE

THE WINTERLINGS WERE NAMED ONE OF THE 28 BEST BANDS OF CMJ (OUT OF 1,287 BANDS) BY BLACK BOOK MAGAZINE OF NYC

THE WINTERLINGS SHOWCASED AT 2010 NERFA OFFICIAL DJ AND TRICENTRIC SHOWCASES

AMANDA BIRDSALL WON 3RD PRIZE IN THE SUSQUEHANNA MUSIC FESTIVAL'S 2009 SONGWRITING COMPETITION

THE WINTERLINGS' ALBUM On The Night You Were Born WAS A PERFORMING SONGWRITER MAGAZINE DIY FINALIST