Allie Farris – Sunday, December 7, 2014

Allie Farris at Folk Alliance

Allie’s journey as a musician and performer began with piano lessons at age 7. At 15, she was writing and recording her own songs and performing them with her own band at venues in and around her hometown of Dallas. She also recorded two EP’s during that time, which show her gift for words and music early on, with mastery of the piano and a powerful, expressive vocal ability. There’s no doubt that she was born to be doing exactly what she is doing.

Raised on classic rock, Allie fell in love with songs of Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, The Band and more. This ‘70s and ‘80s music is a primary influence for the Allie’s songs today – piano driven, melodically soaring, lyrically focused, and emotionally rich.

She’s shared stages with David Wilcox, Gabe Dixon, Jimmy LaFave, Sara Hickman, Emily Elbert, Seth Glier, Beth Wood, Robby Hecht, Kate Klim, Grace Pettis, and Natalie Gelman, several of whom we have hosted at Windy City.

“Allie has found a home in Nashville after going to school in her native Texas and spending some time in Boston. Allie’s accolades continue to grow…Allie’s contemporary piano-driven songs are melodic, thought-provoking and exceptionally memorable.” — Kathy Sands-Boehmer, No Depression

Allie has won and placed in numerous performance and songwriting competitions. I’ve had the privilege of seeing her grow as a writer and performer for several years and it’s a pleasure to be able to host her and share her music with our friends. Please give a listen and consider joining us for a lovely afternoon of music.

Allie's Awards

Music at 4:00 p.m. Light snack potluck and socializing at 3:00 p.m. Please bring a dish and beverage to share. Wine or beer are welcome. Water, glasses, dishes and silver provided.

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail at or at 773-334-5776.

Suggested artist donation $15-20 (All funds go to the musicians.)

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Saturday, July 10, 2010: Sarah Dashew

Sarah Dashew

Sarah Dashew’s songs come from within – a mix of tender emotions, strength and joy in life and a playful sense of humor. Her smoky voice brings all those feelings to life. Her musical stylings defy genres – folky with touches of pop, country, soul and jazz.

I’ll let Sarah tell you more about herself – from her interview with Jeff Rivera, Entertainment Reporter for the Huffington Post:

For those who haven’t heard your music before, how would you best describe it?

… First I would describe my music as lyrically driven: I’m a lover of words. But not too many words. The music is earthy, a little raw. My voice is not classically trained–there’s smoke in there (though I’m not a smoker) and some ache, hopefully some soul. I started out singing in a gospel choir, which explains my love of harmony. I like major keys and I like resolution, so the melodies are usually light. I’ve been compared to Janis Joplin and Sheryl Crow and Carole King, all of which I take as compliments.

So that’s how I would describe my music. But I’d rather not. I’d rather just play it and have people listen.

Do you write all your own music? What inspires you?

I do write all my own music. I guard it pretty jealously, actually. Writing is the thing I love the most about music, and of course the thing that is most torturous. Hmm, what inspires me? Lovers. A full moon. My dog. Driving. Sleeping. Other music. The swirls cream makes in my coffee. I remember hearing Maya Angelou talking once about starting out with her writing, and someone asked her what she wrote about and she said something along the lines of, “Everything. Diamonds in Arkansas. Everything.” I heard that and I sat down and wrote a song called “Diamonds in Arkansas.”

Then there’s the sea. I grew up sailing around the world with my family and that has inspired my writing from the beginning: the rhythm of waves, the force of ocean, the vastness of all that space, the hellos and goodbyes of constant travel…Several songs on my album are influenced by those elements.”

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing and potluck from 6:00 p.m.

BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at)

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Saturday, April 3, 2010 Amilia K. Spicer

Amilia K. Spicer Her voice is often described as haunting and ethereal, with comparisons to Stevie Nicks and Emmylou Harris, but it’s the writing that really separates Amilia from the rest of the new generation of literary songwriters. Likened by one critic to a French chanteuse in a candle-lit cafe, her songs set a mood. They are intimate and visual, like walking into a movie. It’s some kind of strange potion, but one that’s perfect for that midnight ride with the windows down. There is an edge, a turbulence, in many of the places Amilia writes about, but not all of them. Shades of the wistful feeling of Rickie Lee Jones. Her songwriting fuses together the different places she calls home – the languid textures of rural Pennsylvania, the swing and melody of Austin, Texas, with the back alley bite of LA.

Amilia was a Featured performer on the Millennium Stage Concert Series 2002, 2003 & 2004 at the Kennedy Center, has performed major festivals in the US and Europe and has numerous song placements in TV and movies. In my world, she is a major star. She’s also one of the most genuine and gracious people I’ve met in the music industry.

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing and potluck from 6:00 p.m.

Light refreshments provided, potluck wine and refreshments to share are encouraged. For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at)