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NewsPress Release: 2/16/2001Aubrey Atwater Presents "Images of Women in Folk Music"

MARLBORO, VT — In celebration of women’s history month, Aubrey Atwater will present her captivating program of original and traditional folk music in Marlboro College’s Campus Center, Wednesday March 7, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Fluent on the guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Irish tin whistle, and old-time banjo, Atwater has traveled to Ireland six times since 1984 to research Irish culture, history, and music, as well as to perform. On Atwater’s most recent trip to Ireland, she studied folk songs in County Donegal.

Compared to Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls, Atwater released her first solo recording, Simple Sentences in 1992. Other solo releases include her books of poetry, Be Careful, Don’t Walk on My Kitchen Floor, 1995 and Don’t Bother the Phoebe, 1999. Current projects include a live recording, her seventh altogether, and a songbook, both due out for release in 2001.

Atwater started playing music at the age of five, although her only formal musical training has been seven years of classical piano lessons during childhood. Near the end of high school, she started to play the guitar and sing popular folk songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s. She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and studied psychology, history, and French, playing often in coffeehouses and campus rallies. With her husband Elwood Donnelly, Atwater has received international recognition in the Atwater-Donnelly duo, specializing in American and Celtic traditional folk music. As a soloist, Atwater has played the program she is bringing to Marlboro to acclaim from audiences of all ages.

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