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Sat February 10, 2018

Ismay's 'Songs From A River' Record Release Party

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Marin County indie-folk singer-songwriter-horseback adventurer Ismay celebrates the release of her debut EP album, Songs From A River, with a record release party at Amado’s in San Francisco on Saturday evening, February 10th.

Ismay represents the work of singer, guitarist, and indie-folk songwriter Avery Hellman, who draws inspiration from the natural landscape of the American West. At a young age, she was introduced to the musical world through a bluegrass festival that her banjo-playing grandfather, Warren Hellman, created, shaping her love of the old-time aesthetic and field recordings of early American folk music.

She learned to write, sing, and play by listening to the songs of Emmylou Harris, Hazel Dickens, Mississippi John Hurt, and Leonard Cohen, as well as Alan Lomax’s field recordings. As Ismay grew older, artists such as Cat Power, Lee Hazlewood, Phosphorescent, Captain Beefheart, and Angel Olsen further influenced her work. It is the combination of these distinct forms of music that gave rise to her intricate, unique, and deep-rooted songwriting, ethereal vocals, and dynamic fingerpicking on the guitar.
At its heart, Ismay’s inspiration comes from her travels and studies of the American West on horseback, and her work on her family's ranch in Petaluma. The stories she finds from books and journeys spark a songwriting style that weaves complex natural symbolism into the characters and places she sings about.

For her most ambitious horseback journey to date, in mid-2017 Ismay traveled to the Klamath River in an effort to explore the connections between humans, nature, environmental justice, songwriting and creativity. She named this project Songs of the Klamath, expressing her experience along the river with a short film, audio storytelling, and songwriting. Through these works she tells the story of how wild horses stole her mule, and what those who live along the Klamath River see in a place unlike any other.
It was these experiences traveling along the Klamath River and performing around the country that drove Ismay to create her first EP, Songs From A River. Recorded along the Klamath onto an old cassette tape machine and at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, CA, her recording debut features rich arrangements and experimental recording methods.
Marin County indie-folk singer-songwriter-horseback adventurer Ismay celebrates the release of her debut EP album, Songs From A River, with a record release party at Amado’s in San Francisco on Saturday evening, February 10th. Ismay represents the work of singer, guitarist, and...
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