"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)
".. 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 1997, Fae Wiedenhoeft and her band have been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of Celtic Folk. Their traditional sounding compositions and heart breaking 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, and most recently, Scotland as part of the 9th Annual Perthshire Amber Festival created by folk legend, Dougie MacLean.
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!
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
Bob 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 will be released on SeaStar's next record "North Winds" due out early September 2013.
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!