is the side-project of five successful, internationally touring Boston-based singer-songwriters – Antje Duvekot
, Anne Heaton
, Meg Hutchinson
, Rose Polenzani
and Natalia Zukerman
While carving their own paths in indie Folk, Americana, Pop and Singer-Songwriter music, each have celebrated one another’s accomplishments on the road, and fostered the spirit of collaboration in the Boston music scene back at home. They first toured together as “Winterbloom” in November 2009 (see below). They have banded together again, this time to write and record a new song "The Alchemist" for the Ourstage competition in the hopes of sharing the stage at Lilith Fair.
Each regularly sells out shows in premium Boston area listening rooms and theaters. They have appeared together and separately on NPR (All Things Considered, Soundcheck, Mountain Stage, Folk Alley, Here and Now), XM (Bob Edwards, The Loft, The Village) as well as Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire Public Radio, WERS and WUMB in Boston, among other programs. Their shows are pre/reviewed by Boston publications including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, Improper Bostonian. They have also received coverage from The New York Times, TimeOut (New York, Chicago, London), New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and many other first rate papers across the country. Their music is heard in advertising – Antje Duvekot (Bank of America), Meg Hutchinson (Target). They have individually opened for the finest artists touring today – including the Indigo Girls, Ani Difranco, Shawn Colvin, David Gray, Patty Griffin, Joan Baez, Jonatha Brooke, Martin Sexton, Jewel, Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Susan Werner, Chris Trapper, Glen Phillips, Willy Porter, Kelly Joe Phelps… the list of performers who have encouraged these new songwriters along the way goes on.VIDEO
Antje Duvekot - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eji97jgOgFw
“ranks with the most intense and beautiful singer songwriters on the planet” -Dave Marsh, former Music Editor, Rolling StoneAnne Heaton - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy91MH3msBw
“tender, amusing, barbed and spiritual” -The Washington PostMeg Hutchinson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81xd9uhgZHE&
“A master of introspective ballads” -Performing SongwriterRose Polenzani - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xza4bpfZtZ0
“No one can touch her” -Amy Ray of the Indigo GirlsNatalia Zukerman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6msEhGkT6UM
“bluesy folk-rock tunes, burnished croon, serious guitar chops” -TimeOut NYHOW DID WINTERBLOOM COME TO BE?
In September 2008, Cambridge MA’s Club Passim manager Matt Smith booked four of the artists to perform in-the-round together at their popular “Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival.” A rare occasion, since by that time all were already sell-out headliners at the venue individually. In that performance, the four women had so much fun, and audience response was so positive, they immediately booked three more shows together for that December. The first full show they played together was presented by New York’s WFUV “On Your Radar” and was hosted by John Platt at The Living Room.
In 2009, Duvekot, Heaton, Hutchinson and Zukerman reunited to create, write, arrange, record and perform together officially – and thus “Winterbloom” was born. They released a holiday EP entitled “Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged” which received major media attention. They performed shows across the MidWest, NorthEast and MidAtlantic regions and appeared on nationally syndicated programs like NPR’s Mountain Stage and Folk Alley, XM’s The Village and The Loft. In the Northeast area specifically, they appeared on WUMB,WERS, WKZE, Maine Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and were featured in The Boston Globe during Christmas Week (no small feat).REVIEWS
They received rave reviews of both the recordings and their live show:
“supergroup adds kick to the holiday season”
“going to replace Bing Crosby”
“a work of beauty, passion and intellect”
“one of my favorites of this year”
“captured an amazing array of emotions”
“Smart, witty, provocative and fun…”
“both fresh and familiar…”
“cast a warm glow”
“the Lilith Fair of holiday EPs”
While it began as a seasonal holiday project, Winterbloom took on a life of its own.
The chemistry in songwriting, performance and spirit has led to further collaboration – and growing enthusiasm. Here in Boston, fans have come to cherish the nights these women perform together. The warmth the songwriters brought to winter prompted the Boston Folk Festival to ask them to perform also in summer. And thus Winterbloom has taken on new meaning – not only providing winter relief from the holiday blues, but further to represent the beauty and art that comes from hard-working practitioners of the songwriting craft and true musical collaboration.WHAT NEXT?
Winterbloom is reuniting to appear together again at The Boston Music Festival on June 6th, and will be taking their holiday tour to Ireland, England and Germany this winter (with a few dates at select venues in the US too). Hopefully they will add Lilith to their upcoming news. Given the last quote, it’s no surprise why they are reassembling to promote this new song “The Alchemist” as a joint Winterbloom entry for the Lilith Fair regional competition on OurStage. To make it even sweeter, they’ve invited Lilith alumna Rose Polenzani to join them!
“The Alchemist” is a song that Heaton brought to a handful of co-writing sessions with Duvekot and Polenzani. These sessions resulted in a batch of new songs written specifically for the group’s entry into the Ourstage regional Lilith Fair competition. These artists have decided to apply to the regional Lilith Fair competition as a collective, honoring the collaborative spirit of the Lilith Fair. They also know their New England fans would get a great thrill out of seeing them perform live together at Lilith Fair.MORE INFO...
ANTJE DUVEKOT www.antjeduvekot.com
ANNE HEATON www.anneheaton.com
MEG HUTCHINSON www.meghutchinson.com)
ROSE POLENZANI www.rosepolenzani.com)
NATALIA ZUKERMAN www.nataliazukerman.com