Seattle band SeaStar brings Celtic style

Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter



Seattle band SeaStar will bring Celtic music back to the stage on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

They will perform at the Auburn Performing Arts Center.

"We play Celtic music, but more on the traditional side," said singer and songwriter Fae Wiedenhoeft.

She was an original member when the band formed in 2007.

While they were playing together, the people who introduced them to the stage had trouble pronouncing Wiedenhoeft's name, she said.

"So we decided we needed a band name, and that's how we got SeaStar."

SeaStar celebrated it's 10-year anniversary in October.

"We have a lot of Eastside support, which we are very thankful for," Wiedenhoeft said.

They have three studio albums out, and are working on a fourth.

"We're hoping it will be released on St. Patrick's Day," she said.

"It will have crowd favorites, some rockin' crazy stuff, and a couple originals," Wiedenhoeft said.

She fell in love with all Celtic music, not just the well-known songs, she said.

"I couldn't believe how fiery and passionate the music was. It hit me in my core," Wiedenhoeft said.

Being in a band comes with many challenges.

"Booking and trying to find places to play, and it takes a long time to get to a point where you get paid for every song," Wiedenhoeft said.

"We constantly practice, and we love doing community shows, but we still have rent and bills like everyone else," she said.

Like any band they have had members come and go throughout the years.

The current band members are Wiedenhoeft as singer and songwriter; Adam Chambers doing vocals; Micheal Falcone on percussion; Joel Gamble playing the fiddle; and John Anderson playing guitar.

They have multiple award–winning songs.Their song Never Go Back was included on the first ballot of the 2018 Grammys for Best American Roots song.

"Even though it didn't make it to the second ballot, I went to the Grammy's and I worked my butt off networking and I met so many people," Wiedenhoeft said.

They have a lot of story songs, some funny ones, and sentimental ones too, she said.

"We try to put a lot of truth in our music. There's a lot of love, a lot of heart, and some shenanigans too," she said.

The band has two new members this year in Gamble and Anderson.

"They may not be official yet, but for now they are honorary," Wiedenhoeft said.

The band can spend up to 12-14 consecutive hours in a car when they are on tour.

"We're like a family. We're all dear friends, even the band members who left the band," Wiedenhoeft said.

At the band's 10-year anniversary party all of the previous band members attended as well.

"I never take that for granted, someone willing to give their time to a project that is about 85 percent my music," Wiedenhoeft said.

She was a theater major when she was in college at Roosevelt University, in Chicago.

"Music is very freeing for me. It never feels like it's work. However just like with any art form there will always be those feast or famine moments when you're down," she said.

Wiedenhoeft's favorite part about performing is "having someone sing along at a concert, making people happy, and making people smile," she said.

Tickets for their Feb. 16 concert are $19 for adults, and $16 for students, and seniors.

The Aburn Avenue Theater address is 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn.

For tickets and more information, visit www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/arts_entertainment/bravo.htm.

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