2014 – 2015 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2017-2018.

Little Windows

Little Windows (Jim Davis)

credit: Jim Davis

Time & Place
Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Admission
TFFM Members $14
Seniors, Military & Students w/ID $17
General Admission $19
Children 7–17 w/paying adult 1/2 price
Children under 7 free
"Talk about synergy! When Julee and Mark perform they create something special.... a sound that is all their own. With their tight, luscious harmonies they deliver songs with a poignancy that reaches deep." Lillie Morris, Augusta, GA Concert Series

Mark Weems and Julee Glaub come together to form a duet called Little Windows.

LITTLE WINDOWS is a mix of Appalachian, Irish, Old Time Gospel and traditionally based originals with a special focus placed on unaccompanied ballads. They perform nationally and abroad with a focus on the art of the pure voice with tight harmonies in traditional songs. Mark has been steeped in the Old Time Tradition for years while Julee has done the same in the Traditional Irish realm. Together they bring a beautiful blend of both traditions with a unique harmonic sound that is rare and often beckons the response from audience members, Ive never heard anything like it! Though they have both made several recordings with other bands as well as solo projects, Julee and Mark's first recording together, Just Beyond Me (2006) went on to be submitted for a Grammy. It has also been featured on NPR's Thistle and Shamrock. It carries a strong Appalachian theme with some Old Time gospel songs as well as two songs composed by Mark. It is also an exploration of the spiritual nature of traditional song. Many of the songs are unaccompanied and highlight Mark and Julees vocals.

LITTLE WINDOWS CREED

Little windows has a unique approach to traditional music. Both of us have discovered the deeply personal and communal value of traditional song. We believe in the spiritual and emotional wealth of the songs, and how their proper presentation can positively affect both ourselves and others who hear them. We therefore try to deliberately downplay the purely entertainment value of music and try to draw the focus away from ourselves toward the beauty and magic of the songs haunting melodies and lyrics. We like to present our material using one microphone in order to best synchronize our vocal expression. We also like to play in the dim light of candles rather than blaring performance lights in order to provide a space where the audience can enter into the magic of these simple heartfelt songs. For those unaware of the human depth of traditional song, our hope is to open up little windows into this timeless, spiritual, mythical land.

"Mark and Julee’s vocals are totally symbiotic…it’s like hearing two voices coming from one person." Lane Gibson, Engineer, Eller’s Studios Vermont

MARK WEEMS plays guitar, old-time banjo, fiddle, and piano, but is best known for his truly soulful vocal talent. Thoroughly steeped in the Appalachian musical tradition, his special interest is in the unaccompanied traditional ballads of North Carolina and Virginia. His music has been high-lighted on NPR's program Thistle and Shamrock, and Sing Out! magazine calls him "an exceptionally talented interpreter of old-time vocal and instrumental tunes" and "a gifted composer of timeless music." A UPS driver for seven years, he now tours nationally with Julee Glaub as the duet Little Windows and performs regularly with The Stillhouse Bottom Band and the Cave Dwellers.

JULEE GLAUB, a native of North Carolina, studied literature and music at Wake Forest University, before following her longstanding interest in Irish culture to work with the poor in Dublin. Her meaningful experiences with the people of Ireland led her to a keener interest in the culture and in particular to their traditional music. For nearly seven years, she continued her work in Dublin while sitting at the feet of master players and singers and absorbing everything. She credits the combination of material from the Traditional Music Archive, from older singers, and her experiences in working with poor and working people in Dublin, as her major inspirations to her ballad singing.