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.