On Friday, Jan. 18, the Mateel Community Center in Redway will be presenting the first ever Women’s Winter Music Festival with special guests, Red Molly.

The group brings their gorgeous acapella, bluegrass-tinged folk with a touch of western swing, trademark three-part harmonies and signature dobro licks to every performance, earning them a place among the elite female trios.

Along with Red Molly will be Humboldt County’s favorite, the Joanne Rand Trio. Touring nationally for the last 25 years, Joanne Rand "continues to push the art pedal to the floor," releasing her 13th CD, "The Nashville Sessions," a live solo mix of songs recorded during her 2012 guitar apprenticeship in the U.S. music capital.

Rand has appeared with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, John Hartford, and recently earned a BFA in Music Composition. Her 2010 CD release was submitted for Grammy nomination by San Francisco Recording Academy’s President. You can’t keep this woman down. The Eugene Weekly said of her recently, "Whatever muse inspires [Rand] only seems to grow stronger with time.”

Also performing will be folksingers Anne and Pete Sibley, who are originally from New England, but for the last fourteen years have been at home in the Rocky Mountain West and say they’ve been singing for as long as they can remember.

Anne and Pete have come many miles from their classical music training to "the people’s music:" folk, bluegrass and traditional music. Using the guitar and clawhammer banjo to accompany their tight harmonies, the Sibleys tell stories about life and love as they see it, and it is this quality that rings true with their audiences.

Lyndsey Battle, a singer/songwriter from the Gulf Coast, who these days makes her home in Humboldt County, will be rounding out the program with a folk-style perspective on the music of the Mississippi River Delta. Stay tuned for more information about Lindsey Battle next week

Eclectic music lovers won’t want to miss the first ever Women’s Winter Music Festival at the Mateel Community Center on Friday, January 18th starting a 6 pm with music by Lindsay Battle at 6:30 p.m. Dinner, beer and wine will be available. The kitchen will benefit a local non-profit TBA. Admission at door only will be $22 with $2 off for Mateel Members. Stay tuned for more information.

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Joanne Rand