CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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
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.