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 The Amanda West Newsletter | NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist
| February 2021

Hello Dear One,

It's been a year since I played my last live concert (you know, like, in a room, with other people, without masks!) My last live concert before the pandemic hit was a Valentine's Day show at the old Alba Schoolhouse in Ben Lomond. That beautiful, historic building burned down this past summer in the fires, and now looks like this:

... which seems quite representative of the way many things feel these days.
Do you feel me?  

Our collective experience of loss and fatigue continues as we struggle to stay afloat in the doldrums of winter and the ongoing global pandemic. It is all so uncomfortable.

However, change and growth tend to be that way, and there is also this in my Santa Cruz Mountain home, and this to me looks a lot like HOPE:

And so it is about HOPE that I will be singing, in my
on Wednesday February 24th @ 7pm pacific time.

This concert is a special "Folk Unlocked" showcase as part of the Folk Alliance International Conference 2021. All these particular showcases are open to the public. So I do hope you will join me.

--> Also, Sunday March 21st, Debbie Nargi-Brown & I will be gathering to sing in celebration of the Spring Equinox. You should join us.

--> Also, you should join me on PATREON. I'm releasing new music there every week and it's so fun! Soon I will make a proper video to explain it better, but believe me, it's awesome and you should check it out.

Hang in there my friend. Everything is temporary, and life, and love will always find a way.

with love & song always, 

your mama musician
~ Amanda

Upcoming Events   ~ 

Solo Livestream Concert 

A M A N D A   W E S T

Special "Folk Unlocked" Showcase
at Folk Alliance International Conference 2021

7 - 8pm Pacific Time

I'm taking a dive and participating in this year's Folk Alliance Conference (something I haven't done in many years). Thanks to the pandemic, everything is online this year, including the special showcases, and these are open to the public!

Mine will be livestreaming on YouTube and I would love it so very much if you would tune in to watch. It's free, easy, you can show up in your PJ's, and it will be a full hour set of just me and my original singer/songwriter songs. 

I've been working to curate an awesome set list, and the theme will be focused around HOPE. 'Cause that's what I need these days, and I bet you do too!

P.S. I'll be re-sending this link the day of, and we'll also be putting it onto the front page of my website so you can easily find it. But do mark your calendar for now


WOMXN'S Spring Equinox Ritual & Sing
with Debbie Nargi-Brown and Amanda West 

4:30 - 6pm Pacific Time

Sliding scale donation, no one turned away

A NOTE ON INCLUSION:  All of you are welcome here.
I have led many, many *women’s* events in my time. I love gathering with women in sacred circle and song, AND…

There are too many people who feel left out of these circles, who I very much want to be included ~ those who don’t have wombs, transwomen, non-binary people, anyone who connects with the feminine space and energy.

Writing a long tagline of explanations and definitions after “women” doesn’t fit well in promotional spaces, so I’m trying out something new: A WOMXN’s event (still pronounced “women.”)

My hope is that “X” will give the invitation and sense of welcome and safety that is so messy to write any other way.

YOU, yes, YOU I want to feel welcome. All of you. In our sacred, feminine circle, honoring the seasons and the earth which holds us all.  I do hope you will join Debbie & I!

Music of the Month ~ 

This full length singer/songwriter album deserves a moment in the spotlight as we celebrate its 13th birthday!  This was my first solo album, released on February 15th, 2008. 

Showcasing: Intimate lyrics, shimmering vocals, steadfast guitar, and all the heart of my 24-year-old-self. Plus special guests, Anton Patzner (of Foxtails Brigade) on violin, and David Brewer (of Molly's Revenge and The Fire) on bagpipes.

If you've never heard it, or haven't thought about it in a while, head on over to bandcamp (or your favorite streaming platform) and give it a listen and wish it a Happy Birthday.
Your Inviation   ~ 

Three  simple ways to
support me & my music in 2021 ~


1. JOIN me on Patreon where I share new music every week! 

2. REPLY to my newsletters & posts so I know you're listening and receiving.

3. SHARE my music (your favorite song or album), newsletters & posts with your friends.

Thank you! I love you!

~  U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S  ~

Regular weekly releases on Patreon

Live streamed songwriter showcase
at Folk Alliance International Conference.
Wed Feb 24th @ 7pm pacific time

save this link and watch HERE

Spring Equinox Ceremony & Sing
with Debbie Nargi-Brown
Sun March 21st @ 4:30pm pacific time
sliding scale tickets HERE 

New Single Release:
in alignment with Earth Day

Mama Musician Showcase
livestreamed concert
in honor of U.S. Mother's Day
Saturday May 10th
artists & details TBA 

Song Village tentatively scheduled
June 3rd - 6th

Sisters in Harmony Singing Retreat
rescheduled from summer 2020


ONGOING --> private lessons in voice, guitar & songwriting
{Some images from life recently} & updates ~
* My mini solo retreat was SO good, just what I needed.
* "Mothers are Magic" shirt from my awesome sister, also just what I needed.
* Waldorf-Nature-Inspired Homeschooling is pretty magical as we find the light of springtime beginning to melt away the thaw of winter

And let's not forget a
love is always the way

XOXO Amanda
Copyright  © 2021 Amanda West Music

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