Avery Hill | Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album

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Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album

by Avery Hill

Drawing from the stories of her own family's history, Avery Hill complements introspective lyrics with a sensitive guitar style infused with elements of different music genres to flesh out stark images of the choices that make up human life.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Hello & Goodbye
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2. 93 Lewis Street
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3. Summer 1957
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4. I Want to Know You
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5. God Save the Watchman
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6. Missouri
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7. The Other Side of the Water
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8. Road to Colorado
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9. All These Years
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10. Lover's Leap
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11. Who Are You From
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12. The Work I Do
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“This emerging singer-songwriter has a memorable, lilting voice and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent." - Tom May, River City Folk

Family legend has it you could hear Avery Hill singing before she even came out. Since then, she has taken a winding road toward her present work in music, all the while developing her singular style of storytelling and songwriting by integrating stories of the past into her observations of life today.

All credit for Avery’s musical studies goes to an unlikely team of divorced parents: her father, who made her first mix tape when she was ten years old and took her on yearly pilgrimages to the various folk festivals of New England; and her mother, who diligently shlepped and paid for every music lesson and instrument from third grade through high school graduation.
Avery grew up to a soundtrack of mid-20th century folk and pop music, including The Beach Boys, Judy Collins, Stan Rogers, and everyone in between. When she discovered the folk voices of her own era, she created her own soundtrack of Dar Williams, Anais Mitchell, Girlyman, and Gillian Welch, among others. All of these influences come through in the way she partners her musical compositions with honest and image-based lyrics. As Portland, Oregon event producer Matt Miner suggests: “Think millennial Joni Mitchell with an old soul.”

Avery's first full-length recording, titled Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album, features songs inspired by her family’s history. Like a photo album, this recording presents musical snapshots of different times in history, reflecting on universal themes of growing up and being brave. Avery is also currently developing the songs of this album into a performance program of songs and stories, which was workshopped at the 2015 Fertile Ground Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Though Avery studied to be a school teacher, an environmental educator, and then a storyteller, all of these things eventually led her back to music, the thing she knows and loves best of all. She is now based out of Portland, Oregon, where she teaches music privately, and regularly gets out of town to tour different regions of the country.

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Christopher Paidhrin

Fine ensouled storytelling thru personal narratives. Gentle, humble, unafraid an
Avery visited City of Portland City Hall as a guest of Fred Miller, Chief Administrative Officer, as part of his Speaker Series. Avery is a first, a musician-storyteller-composer guest, and a wonderful find; very easy, personable, joyous and approachable. Avery's voice is true, clear and folksy, her guitar (a small Taylor, I think), warm, sweet and deftly-but not overly-played. Her lyrics are neatly crafted stories--reminding me of Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer's earlier work a few years back.
The Themes of family threads, home, and influences were gently woven, and they worked well in the medium-sized room. I was remained of Michelle Jacqueline Chamuel, where in October 2013 she spoke at a TEDx gathering about the role of music in shaping one's sense of home. Avery delivered soulful, witty, stories like Hello & Goodbye, and the sing-along, The Work I Do, where, gratefully, the City employees rose to the occasion with a rather nice harmony. We were blessed to have Avery visit us.
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