Katherine Rondeau Album Release Show – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – December 12th, 2018

Katherine Rondeau Album Release Show

Katherine Rondeau Album Release Show

Driftwood Soldier

Wed · December 12, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$12 + Fees

Katherine Rondeau
Katherine Rondeau
Passionate and full of conviction, with a big voice and an even bigger spirit, Katherine Rondeau is a singer-songwriter with an unforgettable style. A New Jersey native, Katherine's roots-inspired sound is an organic blend drawing inspiration from folk, blues, and mountain music. After bursting onto the Philly folk scene in 2015, Katherine was quickly recognized for her rich, bold voice and engaging performance style. Recognized by Folk DJs nationwide, WFUV's Ron Olesko says "With her powerhouse vocals leading the way, Katherine Rondeau delivers a rootsy performance that harkens back to the best of the Folk Revival with a modern style."

How to describe Katherine's music? Her voice – strong, soulful, warm – rings out like a bell on a clear summer’s night. Her original songs draw audiences in and take them on journeys both real and imagined. Whether sharing stories of love lost and found, calling out robust anthems of peace and justice, or reimagining classic songs from the Folk Revival, there is no mistaking that Katherine has earned her place at the folk table.

This show celebrates the release of her new album, Unfortunate Point of View, produced by Katherine with Grammy-award winning engineer Glenn Barratt at Morningstar Studios in East Norriton, PA. Featuring a blend of original and classic folk covers, the show will feature Katherine with guitarist Eric Lambert and a great group of musical friends.6
Driftwood Soldier
Driftwood Soldier
Driftwood Soldier plays gutter-folk music, a proprietary blend of bitter ballads, fallen gospel, and thumping blue rants on mandolin, bass guitar, and assorted junk foot-percussion.
It was 2013 when bassist Bobby Szafranski first lent his velvet touch to the back-handed poetry and full-throated ruckus of mandolin-wrestler Owen Lyman-Schmidt’s solo work. Since then the duo has been leapfrogging their way up and down the East coast bringing their unlikely sound to bars, living rooms, roof tops, and back alleys.
Scavenger’s Joy, Driftwood Soldier’s 2015 debut, established that musical range for audiences everywhere, with two thirds of the songs receiving radio play on dozens of radio stations around the country including WFUV, WNCW, and WXPN, where Bruce Warren called the duo “a bluesy version of Nick Cave with a nod to Tom Waits.”
In early 2017, they followed the breadth of Scavenger’s Joy with the focused intensity of Blessings & Blasphemy, a concept EP exploring the tension between spirituality and dogma by reinterpreting gospel traditionals alongside anti-religious originals.
This summer, Driftwood Soldier is bringing both records and their liver-shaking live show to some of their favorite spots up and down the East coast. Don’t miss the chance to hear this new beast howl!

Around the same time, down in Philadelphia, Bobby Szafranski was evolving past the guitar, shedding strings and dropping whole steps at a time. After working his way through the low end of a couple projects, he joined the psychedelic-swagger band Mountjoy as ‘Lead Bassist and Auxiliary Whiskey-Swiller’ where he further tuned his four-stringed voice.

By 2013 Owen’s itchy feet and thirty-three year old diesel Mercedes had taken him fifty thousand miles down the road and left him in West Philly. On the way he’d added a suitcase kick drum and a whole range of musical influences from spoken word poets and anarchist punks, to blue yodelers and old-time fiddlers. Mountjoy was dissolving and Bobby was looking for a new home where he could flex his unique melodic style of bass. Owen’s rough edged mandolin and baritone growl were just the right fit and they launched into the task of rewiring Owen’s ever-expanding list of songs for a new two-person-five-instrument arrangement.

Out of this collaboration emerged Driftwood Soldier, a child with old eyes, blinking in the dim light of a barroom stage. This is not some nostalgic reproduction of an imaginary past or a feel-good celebration of a rosy future. It’s a bittersweet love song to an imperfect world, a lullaby that leaves you bleeding.

Their 2015 full length debut, Scavenger’s Joy, was a warning shot across the bows, a powerful introduction they chased up and down the East Coast, through living rooms, corner bars and back alleys. With the 2017 Blessings & Blasphemy EP the duo manage to be both unpredictable and consistent, delivering an intricate story of oppression and faith that thunders and whispers. Find Driftwood Soldier, wherever you can.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/