bethdesombre 14

Artist Bio

Influences:   Dave Carter, Richard Shindell, Antje Duvekot, Peter Mulvey

This is my seventh FAWM.

Last year, I unintentionally actually wrote an EP, Resistance, during FAWM, which climbed to #10 on the folk charts ( My 3rd for-real album, I Was Here, came out in fall 2016 and had 8 songs on it that were written during FAWMs.

I'm never ready, and this is a particularly busy February, but I can't imagine life without FAWM, so here we go.

Also, for me it's about the songwriting and not about the production, so all my song posts are one-take iPhone recordings. Isn't it a miracle that we carry little recording studios in our pockets in this day and age?

I write folk-ish songs. Sing Out! Magazine described my songs as β€œsmart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life,” which I think describes my music just fine. I have four CDs. I'm happy for any kind of feedback -- I actually love criticism when the song is new enough that I'm not attached to it.

February: bring it!


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  • @markg  Mar 22

    Hi Beth. Thanks for listening and your comments. It was a pleasure to meet you and hear some songs at our FAWM Over get together. I look forward to hearing you again.

  • @markg  Mar 22

    Hi Beth. Thanks for listening and your comments. It was a pleasure to meet you and hear some songs at our FAWM Over get together. I look forward to hearing you again.

  • @audrey  Mar 22

    Thanks for your great comments on my songs 'Hate' and 'Blueberry Island'. I appreciate it.

  • @cmharwood89  Mar 4

    Hi Beth! Thanks for checking in, and for the almost-comments (hoping to get my demo done once I recover from a present cold).

    Yes. The assistant faculty thing is keeping me busy. My guitar hasn't seen more than an hour of use in almost two years 😞.

    I'll be perusing through your 14 (good job!) once I submit a couple of papers with imminent deadlines.

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Mar 2

    thank you! And likewise πŸ˜€

  • @sunnymae  Mar 1

    Thank you for your feedback on "Just Another Day."
    Congratulations on your win this year! I've enjoyed listening to your well-crafted compositions as always. See you in all the usual places until we meet again at FAWM🌻🌻

  • @kathym  Feb 28

    ohmigosh ... I got my Kate's mixed up. I know both of them. I was seeing Kate Campbell's face (and sunflower guitar strap) but thinking MacDonald. There is also Kate Callahan, who is the current CT State Troubadour. The fawm lack of sleep is taking its toll!

  • @tamsnumber4 Feb 28

    Congrats on your trophy!!!

  • @nathansurles Feb 28

    Thanks on your comments on Everything is losing me! Very much appreciated.

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 27

    Thanks so much for your comment on "Buckingham Palace." I have been even more AWOL than usual this FAWM but so look forward to doing more listening when the dust settles. Looks like you're close!!

  • @sunnymae  Feb 20

    I won something??

  • @jyllian Feb 19

    Thank you for your comments. I need to be braver when sharing my songs in real life to give little introductions - not as much on my videos - but enough so they’ll know what my song is going for.

  • @wacha  Feb 15

    Thank you very much for your kind words on "Start Again".

  • @unknownbecky  Feb 13

    Yes! Class of '00. I'm pretty sure I'll be up for my 20th(!) reunion but I'll let you know if I make it to Boston before that; let me know if you get to Nashville!

  • @billgcaldwell  Feb 13

    Thanks for the kind word for "Hard Whiskey Secret" I enjoyed writing and singing that song. Thanks for listening.

  • @kovbleu  Feb 12

    Thank you Beth!! That means a lot coming from you. πŸ˜€

  • @unknownbecky  Feb 11

    Thanks for your nice comments! I kind of can't believe we've never met, because we have a ton of mutual music friends and also I'm a Wellesley alum.

  • @sunnymae  Feb 10

    Hey Beth!
    Nice to see you FAWMing this year. Thank you for dropping by and listening to Breathe. I always appreciate your take on all things music and so glad it spoke to you.

  • @jyllian Feb 9

    Thank you for taking time to listen to my stuff and comment. You inspired me to write on of my songs this year with your February song I wrote Waiting for Spring. I love your music and I plan on trying to get to your VDay gig for 3 of my first FAWM friends. πŸ˜€.

    I recorded something for I Remember - might not be right yet - check it out if you feel like it.

  • @mikegtz  Feb 6

    Congrats on that album's success, Beth. Hit the right notes at the right time, I think. Be checking in on the new songs.

  • @wistah  Feb 3

    OOOOPS! I'll fix the date. Thanks for your comments πŸ˜€

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 2

    Glad to see you back here too, and sorry you won't be at FAI. It'll be my first time in about 20 years, so I'm going primarily as an anthropologist. Thanks for already stopping in to comment; as usual, I'm hoping to do a better job at that myself this year πŸ˜€.

  • @tamsnumber4 Jan 28

    Hope you can squeeze in new FAWM songs into your busy schedule!

  • @driftwood1  Jan 26

    Glad to see you back again this year. Happy FAWMing!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 26

    7th fawm = 2018, glad to see it, hope to hear it. πŸ˜€

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Hello!! Great to see you back. πŸ˜€ Yay for FAWM!!

  • @kovbleu  Jan 2018

    Hi Beth!! Looking forward to your songs this year! πŸ˜€

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    West wishes to you during FAWM!

  • @colgoo  Jan 2018

    Yay! I'm back again for more, too.

  • @andygetch  Jan 2018

    Hi Beth!