"SeaStar is a blend of both the old and the new, the tranquil and passionate, the dramatic and playful. They are equal parts storyteller and muse, weaving a tapestry of poetry and music while leaving enough breathing room for the audience to dream and contemplate" (Seattle Night Out)
" An exceptionally strong vocalist..." (San Diego Troubadour)
".. folky, passionate, Celtic-y....you had my heart dancing!" (Index Arts Fest)
"..the voice... I thought I was listening to an angel..." (Yakima Folklife)
SeaStar hails from the rainy town of Seattle.
Since 2007, Fae Wiedenhoeft and her band have been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of Celtic Folk. Their traditional sounding compositions and clever story songs are loved and revered by many across the globe.
SeaStar's love of musical storytelling is only surpassed by their desire to share it with others. They have played across the US, Canada, Ireland, Turkey, Poland, England, France, and Scotland, playing in such well known festivals as Dougie MacLean's Perthshire Amber Festival (2013) and Celtic Connections Music Festival in Glasgow (2014, 2016).
Official Release August 23, 2016
"Never Go Back"
SeaStar's third studio album will be onsale, in the US, on the 23rd of August. ORDER it today! Recorded by Pat Sample at Paradise Studio in Index, Washington, "Never Go Back" mixes Celtic with Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass. It carries strong stories of dreamers and heroes, love and family, and personal triumph. Fae plays a variety of instruments on this album including the banjo and accordion.
"Dusty dreams, salty seas, and a silver lining..."
Join us for SeaStar's CD Release Party on
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Soul Food Coffee House in Redmond, WA.
Fae takes First Place in
Robert Kotta Memorial Songwriting Contest!
August 8, 2015 -- Port Gamble, Washington
Each year, Maritime Folknet holds a songwriting competition to encourage more songs to be written about maritime life in the Northwest, past and present. The contest is open to all, free to enter, and is dedicated to the memory of an important part of the Northwest maritime music story.
Fae Wiedenhoeft received first place for her song "The Little Western". "The Little Western" is a true story about two fearless captains who crossed the Atlantic in a 16' dory fishing boat not once but two times in 1880. Fae performed the song with two of her SeaStar bandmates, Ron Allen and Captain Chambers, at the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival in Port Gamble Washington this past Saturday. The topic for this year's competition was Voyages. Fae's storytelling imagery in the tune was highly noted. The song will be released on SeaStar's next record which is expected in early 2016.
2015 Robert Kotta Memorial Contest Winners Contest Theme: Voyages
First Place: Fae Wiedenhoeft for composing "The Little Western"
Second Place: Pierre Rose for composing "Running the Easting Down"
Third Place: Jan and Jim Zucher for composing "Sail Ye Off"
The Contest's Namesake
An integral part of Northwest maritime musical history, Bob Kotta was born in California. Portland was the first stop on his folk journey. He was a founder of the seminal folk group, Howling Gael, which produced two albums and performed all around America, and in Ireland and the UK as well. Eventually he was led to Seattle, where he, William Pint, and Paul Smith performed as the folk group, Copperfield and also as Ellipsis. There were several releases from both bands, and they toured internationally. He is a featured performer on the Victory Music CD, "Victory at Sea", and can be heard on CDs of several notable chantey singers, including Tom Lewis. During this time, he worked for NW Seaport as a Director of Education, leading tours and teaching both children and adults about the age of sail, using the Wawona as the backdrop. He also ran the music program for the Seaport and booked many great acts on the stage of Wawona. He was a gifted songwriter, penning many songs, including "A Hundred Years Ago" with Mariide, and writing several hilarious parodies, including "Bug-eyed Sprite" and "Tequila in the Jar".
Drenched in Celtic folklore and
the mysteries of sea... With an award winning song, strong vocals, and passionate instrumentation.. this highly anticipated new release from SeaStar is a musical must for the fans of Celtic Folk!
Get lost in the North Winds!
After the successful release of their first studio album, Home, the band wanted to raise the bar musically. Fae Wiedenhoeft, the band's creator and primary songwriter, honed her skills to weave stories into stronger songs. Two months before the release of North Winds, Fae was awarded first place in the Bob Kotta Songwriting Contest for her song Sailor. At the same time, her song Running was featured on the No Depression website. North Winds continues to get attention from the media! It has been said that Fae Wiedenhoeft and her voice are ".. one of the best kept secrets in the Celtic world."(Fan, Port Gamble Maritime Music Fest)
Recorded on 1/2" tape at Green Arbor Studios, North Winds swirls 10 diverse tracks, from an old traditional piece welcoming the listener to the fire, to stormy seas, stories of Selkies, love burning up, green-eyed waters, toe-tappin' drinkin; songs, and more!
Fae sings at
Celtic Connections in Glasgow
20 January 2014!
On 10th of January, Fae received word to play at the world famous Celtic Connections Music Festival in Glasgow Scotland. She and 60 other acts took to the Danny Kyle Open Stage to bring new talent into this exciting and prestigious Celtic Festival . The festival hosts talent like Dougie MacLean, Capercaillie, Julie Fowlis, Suzanne Vega, and more! Fae flew out and attended the entire 2 week long musical adventure. Her performance was on 20 January 2014 at the auditorium at Adelaide's, which is an old church dating back to the late 1800s. Her songs and voice were well received and she had a great time! Her performance was recorded and can be listened to at Celtic Music Radio
Fae was happy to be reunited with musical friends like Marc Clement, Gordon Gunn, Charlie McKerron, Ross Ainslie, Laura Beth Salter, Lorne MacDougal, and Jonnie Hardie. The time was spent networking, jamming, and seeing some incredible talent from the UK, Europe, Australia, and South Africa.
Fae is currently working on a solo album and will release it in spring. Keep checking our news feed for more information!
Thanks to Dougie and the Perthshire Amber Festival Crew! We are very honoured to have shared our music at this wonderful festival. We met so many new musical friends and discovered such beauty in Perthshire. Our hearts are full!
SeaStar plays Perthshire Amber! Scotland!
Created by folk legend, Dougie Maclean, the Perthshire Amber Festival features the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests. The venues range from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, atmospheric castles, the historic Dunkeld Cathedral, and an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay! And SeaStar was part of it!
SeaStar playing the Perth Concert Hall 2 November 2013. Photo by Rosie Leitch
How it happened...
Dougie met Fae, Captain, and Doug Hayman (one of the founding members of SeaStar) while he was on tour of North America. Dougie played the MOHAI in Seattle and, after the show, Fae asked Dougie if she could buy him a wee pint. He said, 'just one.' A few pints and some grand conversation later, they said farewell. Dougie brought a CD memento back to Scotland and Jenny, Dougie's wife, loved Fae's velvet voice and the bands close harmonies! An invitation ensued and SeaStar made the 2013 program!
Fae wins First Place in
Robert Kotta Memorial Songwriting Contest!
August 10, 2013 -- Port Gamble, Washington
Fae Wiedenhoeft received her first ever award for songwriting at the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival in Port Gamble Washington. Her song "Sailor" was well received by the panel judges. Her imagery in the tune was highly noted. She and Captain Chambers performed "Sailor" at the festival with Mike Freeman on percussion. The song was released on SeaStar's latest record "North Winds".
Robert "Bob" Kotta was a Northwest musical force of nature. His band Howling Gael hailed from Portland, Oregon, and released two albums on vinyl in the late 1970's on the small Grassroots Music label. They became very popular amongst the locals and abroad. Their musicianship is exceptional and very pleasing to the ears of anyone who enjoys Irish and Old English folk music.
Fae on the ferry back to Seattle with her award! Congrats to ye, Fae!