Christine Lavin, is a NYC singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist whose concerts are a fixture in folk-pop culture. Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and often hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show. Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship. Her awards include The NYC Nightlife Award, The ASCAP Foundation Award, two New York Music Awards, seven ASCAP Composer Awards, The World Folk Music Association’s Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and a Backstage Bistro Award for New York City Singer-Songwriter of the Year. Performing Songwriter Magazine includes her in it's list of the “TOP 100 Most Influential Artists." Christine has recorded 20 solo albums and produced nine compilation albums the latest of which Just One Angel 2.0 will be released to coincide with her 2013 holiday tour of the Just One Angel concert. For four years she hosted "Slipped Disks" on xm satellite radio, and is the occasional guest host for the City Folk Sunday Breakfast Show on WFUV-FM at Fordham University. Her two-minute bi-weekly internet spot Loose Gems profiles singer-songwriters she feels audiences “must” hear. Christine is also a published author. In 2011 ASCAP awarded her autobiography Cold Pizza For Breakfast: A Mem.wha?? (Tell Me Press) the 43rd annual DEEMS TAYLOR AWARD for excellence in non-fiction writing about music. Christine’s published contributions can also be found in Memories of John Lennon, edited by Yoko Ono; Knit Lit, Too (Random House) and Remember Me When I Am Gone (Adler Press). Her various articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, and others. She is the author of two children’s books with collaborator and artist Betsy Franco-Feeney: The Amoeba Hop and Hole In The Bottom of the Sea (Puddle Jump Press).
"When the 'institution' known as Christine Lavin is in concert -- the standing room only crowd is treated to the unique experience.” -Broadway Boston
"Lavin knows how to keep her audiences thinking, laughing and guessing at the same time."
-The Washington Post
Seattle folk-pop legends Uncle Bonsai are virtuosic harmonizers who sing intricate arrangements of often hilarious songs. The trio possesses an unusual, almost manic wit and an obsessive attention to detail and rhyme in their often staccato lyrics. Their twists of phrases and quick turns of meaning reveal a deep wisdom and longing that frequently champions the odd man out -- society's (often self-proclaimed) "losers." Singers Patrice O'Neill, Arni Adler, and Andrew Ratshin (also the group's guitarist and primary songwriter), blend vocals seamlessly, in songs that are uniquely and subversively humorous, while also being musically original. Classically trained Ratshin shows his early musical influences with the lyric sensibility of Sondheim and Lehrer and the melodic and harmonic sense of the Beatles and pop groups of that era. Though Bonsai's lyrics reveal a gentle reflective side at times, they are often surprisingly and subversively hysterical. Imagine if Tim Burton wrote for the Great American Folk Music Songbook. The trio got its start in the early '80s, opening shows for Loudon Wainright III, Suzanne Vega, Bonnie Raitt, 10,000 Maniacs, and co-billing with They Might Be Giants and The Bobs, among others, somewhat mystifying genre categorization. After several recordings, national tours, and festival appearances, the trio took an extended hiatus, starting in 1989. With only intermittent performances between, the group resumed touring and recording in 2008. Recent releases include The Grim Parade (2010) and a bedtime book/CD for grown-ups, "Monsters in the Closet / Go to Sleep" -- two tauntingly twisted tales for tormented parents (2013). A new recording is in the works for spring, 2014.
"The group has achieved an almost cult status ...their music ranges from irreverent to ironic, from satirical to sad. And despite the folk tag, their music defies categorization ..."
- Associated Press
"Singers Ratshin, O'Neill and Adler are pitch-perfect in their delivery of often complex harmonic arrangements. ... The trio officially bills itself as a "folk" outfit, but has none of the naiveté that label might suggest. These are nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups." - Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times