by Tyler Blue
The monthly SongTree series, which goes down at Goleta’s Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, is hosting singer-songwriter Rebecca Troon this Saturday, May 6. She’ll be followed by The Tatters, whose sound — three women’s voices in tight harmony, backed by three fabulous multi-instrumentalists (affectionately known as “The Lowly Sidemen”) — has been described as powerful, vintage Americana. For tickets, call 403-2639 and visit songtree.org. To get a better idea for the show, Arts Life chatted with Rebecca Troon.
You’ve been referred to as a “Born Again Druid Folk Priestess.” Will you expand upon that illustrious title? I have roots in Celtic music. The Born Again Druid thing comes from my father when he was sick with cancer and they were asking him his religion. The Druids believed in a connection with nature called the unified field. I have some of that Earth-based spirituality in my music. That’s not all of who I am but it certainly gives me something to step up to.
What are some of the most important things you’ve learned from all your time in the world of music? To have fun with it. I don’t want to be too serious about it, but music is my spiritual path and being a performer gives you great opportunities to deal with your own ego. [Laughs.] And it’s a meditation, you know, singing and performing a song you have to be in the moment.
What does the immediate future hold for the music career of Rebecca Troon? I’m working on a CD right now. I’m real excited about that. The weekend after Song Tree I’ll be heading up to the Bay Area to play on a big houseboat in Sausalito. It’s going to be very cool.