Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra, this is what it might sound like. One part Dresden Dolls, Sonny and Cher and one part White Stripes. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, troubadours by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting... fun with a capital F!
The product of a 1998 office romance, the two left their temp jobs, traveled as a solo musician (him) and artist (her) selling their wares until 2005 when, Stephenson, the sultry French born singer jumped onstage and joined, Helland, the fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene, and Frenchy and the Punk was born.
They were named one of the ''Top 25 duos in America' by Yahoo music. The unlikely pairing has since released 6 full-length CDs, produced a live concert DVD and have performed all across the U.S. and in Europe.
Their show is a carnival of two that will take you from the Moulin Rouge to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk cabaret with Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals.
Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based solo cellist-singer-songwriter. Her sets feature stand-up electric cello with live looping. She received two Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards in 2015, for best solo musician and best album (Circling). Unwoman has performed with Amanda Palmer, Voltaire, Abney Park, Rasputina, Stripmall Architecture, Vernian Process, and many others. She is active on Patreon and has run over a dozen successful kickstarter campaigns.
Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sound less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.
They have shared stages with mythic music favorites such as Faun, Omnia, Corvus Corax, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Stellamara, and many more.
PHOTE CREDIT: Full Band: Paul Nordin, EMB Films. Close Up: PixieVision Productions
Alexander James Adams
Alexander James Adams returns to Hexenfest!
From the Land of Fae comes the Faerie Tale Minstrel with songs and stories of days gone by and futures yet to come. Guitar and fiddle support a voice that enchants the ear and comforts the heart. Jigs and reels, lust and lullabye, the magic and music are there for those that believe.
Bonus: Such is Alec’s charm, that Sharon features him as the “Fiddle of Dubious Intent” in her song Crimson Masquerade.
Fans of Wardruna will delight in the haunting, dark Paganfolk of Weoh!
A sacred triptych of the macabre, Wēoh ritualizes the present through the storytellers of our past. Weaving together the disciplines of linguistics, folklore, and musicology, Wēoh reimagines the dark tales of Beowulf in its original Anglo-Saxon tongue. The ghoulish rebirth of spirits past takes form with vocal polyphony, visions of nature and blood, and instruments of wood and bone.
Cavan Wagner: guitar and voice Brighid Holliday-Wagner: vielle and voice Jenn Grunigen: drums/bones and voice
Hexenfest is honored to feature this up and coming band on Friday night!
Larger-than-Life Cabaret Badass Rockubus hosts a sultry late-night cabaret! Celebrating the human form in motion!
Cliona Arract is a Northern California based mermaid who will remind you to drown the boy and find the power within yourself. With a mix of humor and song, she is here to remind you that mermaids are not always benevolent. No need to be worried about being enthralled by her sea song, she wants to recruit you for her nefarious quest in eating the bloody heart of the patriarchy.
Hexenfest will be the debut of Cliona’s stage musical act, where we will find out what should be done about the drunken sailor.
Cliona opens the Saturday musical festivities.
Tranquil Sound Gardens
Tranquil Sound Gardens returns to Hexenfest with their Saturday morning sonic temple! Start your morning bathed in sound!
Wonderful for meditation, yoga, or play, this sound bath will wake you up gently and beautifully, giving you a musical tuneup to set a wonderful tone for the day.