Lumbee singer-songwriter Charly Lowery teams up with Australian band for Residence Project
PEMBROKE – Local Lumbee singer / songwriter Charly Lowery recently collaborated with international group The Heart Collectors to express their experiences during the pandemic through music.
Folk Alliance International released the Residence Project this summer, in which 10 US-based artists were paired with musicians from Australia, Canada, Egypt, Ireland, Israel, Scotland and Europe. ‘Spain to co-write songs about the pandemic experience. Financed by the Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund, the songs are broadcast by the FAI in the form of “personal videos” recorded in the artists’ respective homes.
“This project connects countries, cultures and languages and was designed to reflect on our collective experiences in these unprecedented times and to create songs that bring light and inspiration to weary music fans around the world,” said Marisa Kolka, FAI communications manager.
Grammy-winning artist and FAI alumnus Chris Thile hosts the series.
“The past year has had a huge impact on the folk community,” Thile said. “These new compositions from this project are posted on FAI’s YouTube channel to raise awareness of The Village Fund, which provides direct grants to artists and music industry professionals in need.”
Lowery and The Heart Collectors collaborated on the song “Navigating to Hope”, which to date has reached over 14,000 views on YouTube.
Lowery enjoys playing, meeting people, and educating others about the Native American experience.
She served as the Lumbee People’s Ambassador in 1997-98, traveling across the country to visit tribal nations while attending various conferences, powwows, etc. Her reign as Junior Miss Lumbee was the catalyst that awakened her mind to an inherent vocation as a Culture Bearer.
Lowry continues to work on her craft of immersing herself in American music culture and expanding her ear to various genres, while also composing songs that capture her experience as an Indigenous woman walking in two worlds.
From The Heart Collectors, John T. Davis, author of “Austin City Limits: 25 Years Of American Music,” said, “Imagine Fleetwood Mac with a more organic and Celtic voice and melody and you have a rough idea why collectors of Australian hearts are so immediately appealing. There is a vibrant and timeless allure in their music that resists the fashion of the moment, and is all the more enduring. Kymrie’s voice is the material of which the wings are made. ‘angel.
With the sentimentality of 1970s-inspired harmonies, four-piece Australian group Epic Folk has graced stages around the world, completing three international tours and releasing four studio albums. Chosen as one of the best bands to see at SXSW (The Austin Statesman), this indie group found creative ways to stay connected through the 2020 lockdowns and cancellation of their tours in the United States and the United States. UK.
The Heart Collectors released their latest album, “Time To Say I Love You” (2020), a fortnightly single, featured on Spotify with the Australian Music for Isolated Times and Sounds Australia playlists from The Guardians’ Sounds Australia Selects. In September 2020, collectors were selected to be one of 12 Australian artists for the Premier Event Global Music Match – a global initiative to connect musicians and industry in the face of COVID-19 restrictions.
With a slender cello, an intricate guitar, a sparkling mandolin, a boot-slapping banjo, the passionate strikes of a tambourine and the thunder of the bodhran, the four performers create a musical synergy, marrying progressive folk / rock sensibilities and a clean classic precision.
Founded in 1989 and led by a 21-member board of directors, Folk Alliance International is the world’s largest membership organization for the folk music industry and community. Its mission is to serve, strengthen and engage the global folk music community through preservation, presentation and promotion.