Tricky Pixie is a fey fusion of three well-loved, whimsical talents who fearlessly tread the boards and the twilight roads alike, using a wealth of instruments to guide themselves and their listeners along, including all manner of strings, voices, and drums.
This wild, sexy, irreverent, and masterful trio mixes up a delirious blend of tunes for each unforgettable show. In any given performance, they may call forth shipfuls of pirates, dancing satyrs, gypsies in the wood, and all the benefits of a good Beltane fire, rounding out the night with a spicy alligator tango, but you never know quite what you’ll get. All three members of Tricky Pixie are prolific songwriters, and together they have a vast musical catalog of original tunes — a collective discography of 14 albums are currently available. Since their first official show in July 2007, they have released one limited-edition live disc and a very-well received studio album together, and a performance DVD is on the way.
S.J. Tucker, Alexander James Adams, and Betsy Tinney are vibrant and animated entertainers, so a Tricky Pixie performance is as much visual and interactive as instrumental and vocal. Between tunes, SJ and Alec exchange banter, tell stories, and draw the audience into their fantastic world — it’s a ride through Celtic rock, haunting and bluesy a cappella numbers, sweetly sung circus lullabies and roaring tribal folk songs. SJ, Alec, and Betsy weave contagious faery magic, and you’re bound to be caught in their spell when you attend a Tricky Pixie concert.
The fame and glamour of Tricky Pixie is spreading quickly through word of mouth and across the internet, and thousands of pre-existing fans of these experienced and well-travelled musicians are eagerly awaiting shows around the world. SJ Tucker has continuously toured the United States since 2004, AJ Adams has extensively toured both North America and Europe, and Tricky Pixie has been performing to regular sold-out and standing-room only shows in the Pacific Northwest since their inception — including their very first show in Redmond, WA.
Captivated by the realms of myth and dream, Pandemonaeon fuses Celtic, Scandinavian, and Middle Eastern folk traditions with driving rock, powerful vocals, and metal accents, imbuing their songs with rich archetypal imagery and creating soundscapes both modern and timeless. At times haunting and stark, at times driving and passionate, the result is deeply evocative.
Pandemonaeon’s archetypal themes and otherworldly sound have made them popular among neo-tribals, neo-Pagans, Tribal Fusion bellydancers and lovers of dark fantasy. Their album Dangerous Beauty was chosen as the number one Pagan music release of 2010 by Jason Pitzl-Waters (The Wild Hunt, Numinosis). Their music has also been featured in the cult horror film, “The Commune” (2009) and a Gothic Fusion bellydance DVD “Dark Imaginations” by Anaar (2009).
“Dangerous Beauty offers a dark and exciting vision…from the very outset Pandemonaeon draws the listener in with a captivating sound.” -Tony Cannella, Femme Metal Webzine
Each member of Tricky Pixie is a consummate performer in their own right!
Like blazing comets, they each have brightened the world with their own musical visions, touring and playing across the land! Lucky for us at Hexenfest, each member of Tricky Pixie has offered us solo shows in addition to their headliner performance.
SJ Tucker, the original mythpunk, returns to Hexenfest, bringing her whimsical yet fierce private-pixie style with her to ignite the sparkle in your soul!
Betsy Tinney, faerieland's most sought-after cellist, brings a masterful set of looped cello originals for your listening enjoyment!
And Alexander James Adams, inheritor of the Heather Alexander legacy, will bring songs well-loved on the Con and Renn Faire circuit for many years!
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. They have recently completed a 100% crowd-funded CD and music video featuring several of these artists, called Portals.
Gothic-tribal fusion dancers Sydney Miles (Belladonna Atropa) and Didi "Doreet" Gordon will host our dance day at Hexenfest! There will be several classes throughout the day, and a student performance in the evening. Get ready to move your body in ways that are both sensual and badass!
Sydney Miles Presents: "Sensuality in Dance", an accessible, basic technique class to add a little extra shimmy for beginners, where we'll be learning a simple, sensuously divine choreography that can be used at my second offering, Sacred Dance to Aphrodite.
"Sacred Dance to Aphrodite" is a Come-As-You-Are, Dance-As-You-Like group dance offered up to the Lady in Red.
Sydney Miles (Belladonna Atropa)
Photo credit: Ari Adair
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.