The Winterlings

The Winterlings

 Port Angeles, Washington, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Wading through shifting blizzards of dreams, with pens in our fists and paintbrushes gripped in our teeth, giving birth by starlight, lifting songs from the ocean of sleep...

Biography

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

Lyrics

Take Give

Written By: Wolff Bowden/The Winterlings

If I walked across the sea
would you walk along with me
our footsteps on the tides
and waves upon our thighs?

I just want to grab you in my arms
I want to breathe you in my lungs
and set continents adrift
If you take then I will give.

There are stations of the cross
where blood no longer falls
and people board their trains
as if leaving left no stain…

I just want to roll into the night
I want to hold you in my eyes
In this bedroom where we live
If you take then I will give.

There are storms when you are sad
and sunshine when you laugh
If you don’t know which way to go
Just reach out for my hand

I just want to shake the day away
I want touch your blushing face
In this small house where we live
If you take then I will give.

There are countries in your soul
where no one’s ever roamed
If I sing for you tonight
would you let me inside?

I just want to sail into the west
On a ship made out of breath
with the wind of your bright kiss
If you take then I will give.

All of the Good Things

Written By: Amanda Birdsall/The Winterlings

We will live again
light and shining
family of friends
truth unwinding

You’ll wear the dress I made
I’ll try your wings
we will remember
all of the good things

Writing letters
prayers and wishes made
we will understand
all of it someday

But in the meantime, love,
I choose to sing
I choose to remember
all of the good things

Flowered climbing vines
blooming toward the light
you left suddenly
we were all surprised

I heard your voice today
in this old machine
it made me remember
all of the good things

Long May You Live

Written By: Wolff Bowden/The Winterlings

To the oaks outside my window, long may you live
To dreamers with their tubes of paint and brush-stroke canvases
To rooms where people make love and the breath with which they sing
Long may you live

To the smiling Dalai Lama, long may you live
They slaughtered all your people, and yet somehow you forgive
To leaves on apple trees performing photosynthesis
Long may you live

To the music in our marrow, long may you live
To the moon that hides in ocean tides and brings the sailors in
To sleep that keeps us wrapped tight in the night’s black velvet skin
Long may you live

To the wolves that roam in Yellowstone, long may you live
To the suicidal poets who use ink as medicine
To the acrobats who try to fly time and time again
Long may you live

To the Artists of America, long may you live
To the Alabama blacksmith forging horseshoes for his kids
To the little nun from Vietnam who plays a violin
Long may you live

To Chemists in their lonely labs, long may you live
To surgeons in their bloody shirts and all the hearts they fix
To this impressive planet may she spin and spin and spin
Long may you live

Bird in the Corn

Written By: Amanda Birdsall/The Winterlings

In my dream we were planting trees
bloodtwig dogwood and sycamore
Sometimes I don’t say what I mean
leaving you like a bird in the corn

We don’t ask, we don’t recognize
when the rain pours like a wound
We stayed up all night to watch the lightning
storm turn trees into piles of wood

Swing slow sweet blade
hungry for all you take away
no one can say
when you’ll come and return us to the clay

Daylight comes and the fields are flooded
we watch the farmers from the roof
All their shining brides are hiding
in the cloak of the animal groom

Bat flies in through the attic window
spider hides behind the door
Aren’t we just like them, finding shelter
where we can like a bird in the corn

Discography

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

Set List

All originals. Two sets, 45-60 minutes each.