So excited today that I got to welcome back G.T. Thomas (https://www.instagram.com/gtthomasmusicandart/) who was Shana’s special guest on show No.30 from August 15th, 2018. Gwen is an Amsterdam-based simultstrumentalist (not sure if that’s how you spell that fancy word) who’s taken revelations from her journals and transformed them into catchy refrains for her latest Progressive Dream Pop album, “I Am a Highlighter Pen.” She performs as a one-woman-band on vocals, bass, synth & drum machine simultaneously – all LIVE (no computer/ backing tracks/ loopers), proving that even having collaborated with Fleet Foxes, The Metropole Orchestra, Benny Sings, and members of The B-52s, Steely Dan, and Pedro the Lion, she’s never lost her love of doing everything herself.
Catriona Sturton (https://www.instagram.com/catrionasturton/) is Canadian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She used to be in a band in the ’90s called Plumtree (which had the hit “Scott Pilgrim” that inspired the graphic novel and movie by the same name). She’s toured with Italian harmonica wizards, played in a Hiroshima-based garage rock band, was a guest on The Price is Right, and has been to more places in remote Canada than most people ever get to. Nowadays, she’s a totally unique, industrious harmonica playing/violinist/guitarist/singing one-woman-band, under her own name.
They met through a clutter-clearing course online, where they were partnered up by the head coach, to be accountability buddies for that process. Through that, they learned of each other’s music, and when the course officially ended, they decided apply the tools they learned for “accountability buddy-ing” to their music careers! Now their on a mini tour together and stopped by to share a little about the juice in the journaling process that led to Gwen’s latest album, how Catriona picked up the harmonica when she was young and hung around a lot of blues dudes to learn tricks of the reeds, how and why they committed to themselves and their heart’s desires, and decluttering. They both played some tunes. We laughed. I cried. Wisdom was shared and lessons were learned by me, about the Book of Lift, “athletic greens,” and a slew of podcasts that I should tune into. One of my fave quotes of the show, and there were many, “Being unified with your desires is one of the most noblest things you can do.” G.T. Thomas. Now as Catriona might say, go and be somebody’s “love bomb.”
Gwen’s album release is Nov. 7th at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA, then they are both playing Nov. 12th at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, Nov. 16th in Princeton, NJ at Princeton Record Exchange and Small World Coffee, and Nov. 17th at a house show in Harrisonburg, VA, yeah Virginia! You can find tour details here!
Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.
We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/ and from both of today’s guests!
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