Raised among the ferns and the farmland of Northern Washington, lyric-driven songwriter Anna Tivel loved words long before they became the backbone of her music. After moving to Oregon in 2007, she slowly discovered the friendly music scene as a fiddle player, and soon after picked up the guitar and began to write. Her latest album was released in June 2014 on Portland's well-loved Fluff and Gravy Records. Anna is based in Portland, OR and spends her time reading and writing and touring and fiddling and watching her dog try to catch flies by the window.
"These are organic songs that freely reveal the poetry of the mind, heart, and soul, the sharp imagery of the world translated into sound." - No Depression
"Anna's strength is that of a lyricist. Her songs are filled with lines that intrigue and haunt." - David Steinberg
Sometimes the hardest part of telling a story is choosing what to leave out... The three young Dutch women who make up SNOWAPPLE have done a lot of living, more so than many musicians twice their age. Dig beneath the surface of this earthy, almost unassuming, folk/chanson trio, and you’ll find a tangle of rich and varied life experiences.
Laurien has an international career as an opera singer, but also finds time to moonlight with gypsy-punk groups, model the outfits of up-and-coming Dutch fashion designer Mo Benchellal and read post-graduate physics at the University of Amsterdam.
Una is a talented jazz singer who has worked with numerous bands from across the Netherlands and France. She is also the daughter of the celebrated and much-loved South African jazz saxophonist/composer, Sean Bergin (1948-2012), who first found notoriety by performing illegally with black township musicians in defiance of the Apartheid regime.
Laura is a singer, composer and conductor from Latvia who has lived and worked as a musician in the Netherlands since 2007. Her musical background of Latvian folk music and 12 years of European academic music studies complements a strong interest in modern jazz and the popular music of Brazil, along with a more recent exploration of singer-songwriter compositions. Laura was awarded the Best Composition Prize in the 2012 Dutch Jazz Competition.
Together they are SNOWAPPLE, a group that ambitiously draws upon markedly different musical genres to create a uniquely eclectic yet wholly natural sound. Their eponymous debut album (released in 2013 on V2 Records in Benelux, Debt Records in UK and Zip Records in USA) is beautiful and beguiling in equal measure, full of catchy pop-folk numbers punctuated by excursions into the darker and more romantic side of the human condition.
Their new album, Illusions, shows a marked growth and experimentation in the band’s repertoire, and has a richer, more developed sound. For this album they worked with a wide range of producers and musicians, including Joeri Saal (Studio 150), Roald van Oosten (Ceasar, Ghosttrucker), Chris Hamilton (Eek Recordings), Alan Purves (Dazzled Kid), Dave Menckenhorst (Sir Yes Sir, Miss Molly and Me), Daniel Schaub (Jack Beauregard). The band is on a continual whistle-stop tour of continental Europe, UK and USA. Debt Records is delighted and proud to have become Snowapple's UK homebase. Louis Barabbas, Debt Records
Catherine Feeny grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, part of a tight-knit family for whom music was a uniting force. Absorbing Springsteen through her older brother, Simon and Garfunkel through her parents and The Smiths through her elder sister, she early on developed a keen ear for songwriting.
Feeny received classical training in voice at the Settlement School of Music and began learning to play the guitar as a young teen. Idolizing the likes of Sinead O’Connor and the Indigo Girls, she joined several bands and began writing her own songs.
After graduating from George Washington University with a degree in Liberal Arts, Feeny moved to Los Angeles. An acting class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse rekindled her ambition to write and sing songs, and she started playing open mics, making connections with talented up-and-coming songwriters Joe Purdy, Brian Wright and Alexi Murdoch, among others. Feeny made regular appearances at the Hotel Café, a club known for nurturing artists such as Gary Jules and Greg Laswell.
Joe Purdy recorded her first album, a self-titled affair that garnered acclaim for its compelling songwriting and sparse, melancholic mood. The album won Feeny an audience in Belgium where it was championed by French language radio station Classic 21.
Feeny’s second album, “Hurricane Glass” was produced by Sebastian Rogers, an English producer/artist she met at the Hotel Café. The song “Mr. Blue,” an earlier version of which had been included on her first album, was picked up by KCRW in LA, and later featured in “Running with Scissors,” “The O.C.,” and “Miss Conception.” It also ended up on the A-list at Britain’s most popular radio station, Radio 2.
Released initially on an independent called Tallgrass, “Hurricane Glass” was upstreamed to EMI on the eve of the company’s takeover by private equity firm Terra Firma, and Feeny was dropped before completing her second album for the label.
Feeny and Rogers, whose working relationship had blossomed into love, moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008 and were married soon after. They toured together extensively, both in support of Feeny’s third album (“People in the Hole”), and as a band called Come Gather Round Us. The couple’s 2008 12,000 mile Living Room Tour is the subject of the documentary “Remember Where You Are” which premiered at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles in January 2013.
Inspired by her experience at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, Feeny crafted a subtle, moving work titled, “America” that was released in 2012. The album’s first single “United” – a pulsing, revolutionary anthem – caught the attention of writer/activist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), who commissioned Feeny to compose a song for her organization One Billion Rising.
Feeny has played internationally as a headline act and in support of: Wilco, Belle and Sebastian, Suzanne Vega, John Prine, The Indigo Girls, Kelly Jones (Stereophonics) and Martha Wainwright. She is currently booking dates for Summer 2013.