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! inheritor of the Heather Alexander legacy, Alec brings us his fairytale folk songs, which have been well-loved on the Con and Renn Faire circuit for many years! A charming and dapper fellow, he shall whisk you off to the land of faery before you’ve even fastened your dancing shoes.
Bonus: Such is Alec’s charm, that Sharon features him as the “Fiddle of Dubious Intent” in her song Crimson Masquerade.
Jhorvalaast is a free form improvisational project focusing on sonic landscapes and impressionism, invoking the mythos of another realm. Inspired by the Norse Gods Freyr and Freya, Jhorvalaast is comprised of husband and wife team Alexander and Sophia Rosales, and their dear friend William Russert, weaving together guitars, keyboard, percussion, and vocals.
Inspiration of the Norse Gods Freyr and Freyja are at the core of this music. We are pleased to offer their debut performance at Hexenfest!