A solo show, a tour, a stroke for my ego

(Originally posted on April 19th, 2017)

Greetings Earthlings,

It’s yet another drizzly, dreary, rain-soaked mid-morning in the PNW, and I’m writing to you from my nice cubicle that keeps the roof over my head and food on the table.  Thankfully, the music world is one of intrigue, excitement, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-ness, that keeps my heart afloat and my mind engaged in the ideas and songs that make me who I am. 

I have a free solo show coming up on Tuesday, May 9th from 7pm-9pm, at none other than the Alberta Street Pub. The good folks at ASP began their Tuesday Free Live Music nights, and I’m happy to be a part of this growing series.  I don’t have as many chances to play completely solo these days, and I’m actually looking forward to the opportunity to practice my one-woman show that I used to perform so often. The show itself is called “Olivia Awbrey: Songs from Albion.” I’ll play 45 minutes of originals (new songs coming your way, plus old favorites), and I’ll play 45 minutes of my favorite UK folk/punk songwriters, including songs by Will VarleyGavin Osborn, Billy Bragg, Chris T-T, Frank Turner, (I need more female-identifying folk-punks in my life!!) and a few more if I can fit it within the hour. I thought it would be a nice way to share some of my favorite songwriters with you, while still practicing my own personal performance. I’m very excited.

The band and I have a bunch of 3-hour sets that begin in May and extend through the summer, so we’re having a good time practicing BRAND NEW songs, plus some fun covers. We had a great practice the other night and went through a new song called “Don’t Be Alarmed.” It fucking rocks, and it’s one that I feel pretty lyrically/conceptually proud of – maybe a single on the horizon?? We’ll see…

We have a tour beginning on June 2, and I’ll share dates for that very soon. We’ll be hitting up Corvallis, Ashland, Eugene, Hood River, and Woodstock PDX – more details on that front to come soon.

In the meantime, check out the music of Rachel Lark. I opened for her at a house show last weekend, and jeez, her live performance / sex-positive songwriting / general badass-ness are contagiously fun.

Be back with more tour news soon! xx

Olivia Awbrey