Townsend's Solitaire EP Release with Erick Irons & Lilly Miller

Fri, Apr 14, 7:30 - 10 pm
Ballard Homestead Ballard (Seattle)
This is an in-person event
$10 - $20
All Ages

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

"Bobby Odle, a Seattle based singer-songwriter performing under the moniker Townsend’s Solitaire, is a classically trained percussionist turned folk musician.

Whilst living in Ashland, Oregon, faced with completing a master’s degree in percussion performance, as well as a worldwide pandemic, Townsend’s Solitaire turned his creative eye towards poetry and songwriting. Drawing heavy influence from artists like The Tallest Man on Earth, Adrianne Lenker, Bright Eyes, and Sufjan Stevens – Townsend’s Solitaire prioritizes and treasures genuinity above all else. His music is primarily fingerstyle acoustic guitar paired with a single vocal line singing lyrics addressing common anxieties, loss, and a love for life in this world – all the while drenched in a somber melancholy and nostalgia. His ensemble has mixtures of cello, violin, flute, clarinet, and piano." 

"Growing up just outside the city of Seattle, I didn’t know that I wanted to play music. Back then my days were full of breaking windows, riding bikes, and navigating the world around me. I have memories of my father playing piano in the living room and of him playing cassette tapes of motown in our small mobile home.This was my first relationship with music.

When my father left, my mother moved my siblings and I to the city of Seattle. There I met a handful of odd musicians; some playing at the church and some who played casually.Inspired by these few I decided to learn to play the drums. Not long after I began learning, I broke my ankle and had to stop. That’s when I grabbed a guitar and started learning out of a book of chords.

Since then the guitar has been my main form of expression. Songwriting came quickly along with learning to play and over time I’ve enjoyed playing in churches, as a missionary in Mexico, and most recently as a gigging musician here in the city.

The plan is to keep playing music in the city; making fans and friends and move toward playing music full time as a career."
"Located in Fairfield, Iowa, Lilly Miller has spent the last year and a half working on her first EP, and first ever release entitled The Fool. Making music has been a personal and private endeavor in her life until recently, when she realized that songs were meant to be shared. Miller held songs from The Fool very close to her heart. She hopes now that these songs will bring comfort to anyone who thinks about the same things that she often does. The EP was recorded live at Flat Black Studios, a renovated barn in Lone Tree, Iowa, and engineered, mixed and mastered by Luke Tweedy. The Fool is a collection of songs that were written quietly over the past few years. Since this EP was recorded live with just vocals and guitar, Lilly chose pieces that she thought were melodically interesting on their own."

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6541 Jones Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117 Venue website

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