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Hallberg Center for the Arts Introduces More Songwriters

Songwriters in the Round Series Continues

Two years ago, local songwriter and co-founder of the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community, Andrew Spreck thought of the idea of bringing songwriters into the Hallberg Center for the Arts to perform their own, original music.  He arranged for three area songwriters to perform in the round.  For an hour and a half, these songwriters took turns performing their original pieces, telling the audience a little about the song and interacting with each other between songs.  Every now and then, backing up their fellow artists during the performance.

Two years later, this Songwriters in the Round series continues.  An accomplished songwriter himself, every other month Andrew reaches out to songwriters across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, matches the artists with other artists that compliment each other, and schedules performances at the Hallberg Center for the Arts.  

Later this month, for the first time, Andrew (also the MC of the show) will introduce three women songwriters that include Mother Banjo, Amanda Standalone, and Becky Kapell.  This 13th in the series will take place at the Hallberg Center for the Arts starting at 7pm on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Songwriters in the round #13

Here's a little bit about this songwriters...

Mother Banjo, aka Ellen Stanley is a New England raised, Minneapolis based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and Her latest album “The Devil Hasn’t Won” is an Americana gospel collection showcasing her all-star 5 piece band.

An engaging live performer, Mother Banjo weaves humorous stories with fun covers and her own original material. She has performed at prestigious local venues like The Cedar Cultural Center and The Dakota Jazz Club as well as toured across North America.

Amanda Standalone is a writer, folk musician and multi-instrumentalist from Minnesota. Standalone has released two albums, “Millions of Blackbirds” (2010), which bears the Title track “Bird flew Hard” for the HBO documentary ‘Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,’ and “Trouble” (2014), funded in part by a grant from the Lakes Region Arts Council and a successful indie go-go campaign. Her music is a soulful blend of acoustic folk/blues strongly influenced by American Roots music. She skillfully attacks the guitar, banjo, and her single stringed washtub, while packing an extra punch with her rich vocals. Currently, Standalone is working on her 3rd album and performing around the Midwest.

Raised in small town Minnesota, Becky Kapell moved to Portland Oregon in the 1980's and began singing back-up vocals in various bands and eventually fronted her own country cover band there. Along came a husband and kids and eventually a move back to Minnesota followed by a divorce and grown up kids. In 2007, after a long hiatus from music, Becky began teaching herself to play the guitar that sat in the corner of her living room. She knew only a few chords, which she played repeatedly in different combinations and rhythms until much to her surprise, melodies began to emerge and then somewhat magically, lyrics attached themselves to the melodies. She recorded 12 of those songs with old friends in Portland Oregon for her first record titled “For Now”. Sometimes plaintive and spare, sometimes humorous and lively, the songs capture the essence of a particular time of life and the frustration and heartache of unrealized dreams. Since the 2012 release of that record she has continued to write songs and morph her style from folk to her true love, classic country.

Free and Open to the Public...

These performance are free and open to the public, but you might want to get there a little early as there is only seating for about 70 people in this intimate setting surrounded by original artwork by regional artists.

Just minutes north of the Twin Cities on Interstate 35, the Hallberg Center for the Arts is located at 5521 East Viking Blvd in Wyoming, MN. 

The Hallberg Center for the Arts, owned and operated by the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, this facility is rapidly gaining recognition for it's continuously changing exhibitions of fine art by premier artists from across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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