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CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail:laurie-haag@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Ferron concert April 25 to benefit RVAP and WRAC

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Internationally known singer/songwriter Ferron and cellist Jami Sieber will perform Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium at the University of Iowa. The concert, which is part the UI's annual Riverfest celebration, will raise funds for two Iowa City women's groups: the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP). Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

This event is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City.

Ferron, a powerful and engaging singer-songwriter from Canada whose songs have inspired and been recorded by the Indigo Girls, brings a distinct sound and a unique literary quality to her music. Her explorations of life's essential matters - fear, trust, commitment, separation, ecstasy, wonder - run the gamut from down-home folk to ambitious art-punk.

Ferron's work has won over the critics. The New York Times calls her "startlingly intimate, honest and inspiring" while the Boston Globe describes her work as "stunningly brilliant ... so deeply human and full of grace." Rolling Stone magazine, in reviewing her fourth album, "Shadows on a Dime," said, "Ferron writes of love with the relentless introspection of Leonard Cohen, and, as with classic Bob Dylan, her songs' tough, questioning attitude sometimes gives way to an unexpected sweetness... the songs are so full of emotional incidents that you wind up living with them awhile and, eventually, learning them by heart."

Her recent albums have included the voices of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray (the Indigo Girls), Lauren Wood, and Tori Amos. Her 1994 album, "Driver," was a Juno nominee and was chosen by both the New York Times and Boston Globe as "Top Ten Album of the Year."

In addition to her evening performance, Ferron lead a songwriters [time] workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Attendance is limited to 12 persons and the cost is $150, which includes lunch. Profits from the workshop will go to the Interweave Chapter of the UU Society. For more information and to register for the songwriters workshop, contact Cliff Missen (319) 338-8542. Concert tickets are on sale at these locations in Iowa City: the Women's Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison Street (319) 335-1486; Real Compact Discs, 132 1/2 East Washington St., (319) 354-0158; and Alternatives, 323 East Market, (319) 337-4124.

Out-of-town persons can purchase their tickets with check or money order by calling the Women's Resource and Action Center (319) 335-1486, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to WRAC, 130 N. Madison, Iowa City, IA, 52242

Credit card and telephone orders may be placed through the University Box Office, phone (319) 335-3041. There will be a $2 per ticket handling charge, plus an additional $3 charge for orders sent by mail.

4/9/98