Christie Hubbard | Lockdown

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by Christie Hubbard

A debut solo work of original pieces inspired by folk, Celtic, and contemporary sources - from a Neo-Irish polka to a stripped down rant about youngfolk in the military.and everything in between.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Forgiving Acoustics
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2. Mr. Experience
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3. Spy Story
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4. Electric Kaat
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5. Lockdown
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6. Edie
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7. Painter's Waltz
3:46 $0.99
8. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
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9. Fairy Grove Polkas: Camilla's/Chloe's
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10. The Parting: In Memory of Coleman/John Martin's Farewell
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11. Snoopy Dance
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Born and raised in Batavia, Illinois, Christie was originally a classical instrumentalist.  Studying as a flutist and pianist she began performing at an early age.  She practiced diligently, became an Interlochen alumna, and faithfully followed standard performance major procedures. At 14 she opened her first teaching studio.  All was going according to plan...

...but when a weighty college decision perched on her path, it seemed to get in the way rather than offer flight.  So her irrational inner performer took control of the reins!  Before she knew what’d happened, she’d won an audition for a military band.  At Fort Campbell Kentucky she supplied troops with a variety of musical entertainment, from woodwind quintet to ska punk, before a nauseating audition won her a transfer to Washington DC and join The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. 

There she was morphed by the compelling philosophy of The Artist’s Way (Julia Cameron) and mentored under the guidance of an unobtrusive life guru (gee, you are you).  She was able to let go of the competitive aspect of being a professional musician and get on with the creativity - thank g.o.d. (good orderly direction)!  Meanwhile, the corps got her interested in historical and traditional music as well as simple system flutes...and reconnected her with a seedling dream of playin’ fiddle.  She pursued these interests eagerly, but when the United States waged the War of Injustice on the Iraqi people, she decided not to lend herself to the bloody cause and so left the service.

A 10 month backpacking sabbatical in the west of Ireland matured Christie’s passion for wooden flute playing and traditional Irish fiddling.  Extended solitary habitat in a deserted horse stable brought spiritual revelations and lots of songs -- surprisingly contemporary songs.  Upon returning to the United States she recorded her first album, Lockdown, which is a series of compositions in a variety of genre reflecting her various musical interests.

In a bold experiment, Christie laid down her instruments from 2005-2008.  Making space to discover a new passion and exercise her skill set as a caring human being, she devoted her time and energy to the art and science of midwifery.  Learning about pregnancy, birth, herbal medicine, homeopathy, client advocacy, and philosophy helped her explore ideas about nature, feminism, and her own future as a fertile mammal.  After a few years of study through the National Midwifery Institute, and an intense internship at a high volume borderland birth center, Christie was very tired.  She sighed contentedly at the thought of her flutes, thinking of all the innovations to come.  Anne Frye's Holistic Midwifery and other such texts were placed lovingly on the back shelf, and this time, rather than a baby, a renewed devotion to music was born.

This year Christie is locked in the woodshed, committing herself to tone production, restoring technique, and inventing a new musical style.  Her work is primarily focused on multiphonic flute playing, attacking counterpoint as complex as Bach fugues and unaccompanied duets between Chet Baker and Stan Getz.  She is very interested in ways in which the flute can stand alone as a solo performance instrument, and works under the influences of Jean Michel Veillon, Matt Molloy, Greg Pattillo, Jaco Pastorius, Bruce Molsky, John Lennon, and Ian Anderson.

She currently resides in the Bay Area area where she enjoys fluting, composing, experimental music, gardening, vegetarian cooking, fiddling, reflection photography, indulging in overly-rich crème brûlée, going barefoot, lying in the woods, cracking cardamom pods, singing songwriting, doing yoga, making tea, making messes, creative writing, glasswalking, feminist health advocacy education, and home birth midwifery.



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J. Howley

Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS ALBUM.
One of the seisiun irregulars is Christie Hubbard, a young woman of rare and spectacular grace and verve. She's a musical veteran of the armed services, but quit in protest to the "War of Injustice on the Iraqi people," and has pursued midwifery and Irish music ever since.

She just put out an album of modern Celtic and folk music, almost all of it self-written. Listen to the tracks she's put up (especially her awesomely lyrical protest song "Lockdown", written from her firsthand experience as a Veteran Against the War), and then do both her and yourself a favor and buy it. She's wonderful. It's beautiful. You won't regret it.


artistic difference
yes a rant

Rodrigo Villagomez

A necessary part of any respectable musical collection!
This artists music is unparalleled. I guarantee there is no other sound like it out there. Finally something original after years of listening to recycled lyrics and melodies. Don't take my word for it, buy it yourself, you won't regret it!