|Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase||Akire Bubar|
Akire Bubar is a highly spirited performer with engaging presence and polish. She is blessed with a strong and moving voice which she couples with seasoned guitar playing and frequent audience participation to provide a fun and illuminating show. She has a wide repertoire, based in her own fine writing and ranging outward to include traditional folk songs and the work of other contemporary songwriters such as Bob Franke or Cindy Kallet. From the stark, crystalline clarity of an a capella song, to a bouncy delta blues or a silly singalong, to intricate tales of the spirit deftly illustrated in smooth, delicate guitar work and a voice that is sure and flowing, Akire composes an evening to remember.
Akire's first CD, Arms of the Sun, was released in October of 2000. Described
as "a cross-section of modern folk" (Richard E. Dansky, Green Man
Review), this widely varied recording spans the range of Akire's songwriting
and includes a few 'traditionalesque' gems penned by her contemporaries. While
primarily a solo album, the CD also features notable performances by several
of the members of Broadside Electric, Tom Grant of
the Jive Five Minus Two, Susan Bush, and others. The album is a powerful tribute
to the devotion of her fans, as it was funded largely through the support of
her extensive fan base via fundraiser house concerts and outright donations.
Says Allen Foster (Songwriter's Monthly), "Akire has just released an album
to be proud of - really proud. She stands boldly naked with just her talent,
and it's intensely captivating. Pay attention, this woman's got the magic!"
put together (with info & pics from Bob
Gramann ) by Ernest Ackermann.
Send rants/rave to above mentioned Ackermann
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