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Girls from Mars: Bio

A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT THE GIRLS FROM MARS:

THE MUSIC

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Girls from Mars sing and play SWING music from the 30's and 40's; songs made popular by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, The Andrews Sisters, The Boswell Sisters, Cats 'N The Fiddle, Billie Holiday, and Glen Miller. Some of the song titles include: Chattanooga Choo Choo, Take the A Train, Stompin' at the Savoy, and of course, It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing.

THE GIRLS

GIRLS FROM MARS (Annie, Lauren & Wendi) began singing together nearly 25 years ago, and are still going strong. They have traveled millions of miles in a car together, and have had TONS AND TONS OF FUN. The joy they get out of performing together is a big part of what makes Girls from Mars so enjoyable to listen to. Though they now hail from three different states, they still make it a point to get together at least a couple of times a year to keep this wonderful music happening. Here they are:

Wendi Bourne - vocals, guitar

Wendi Bourne, (www.wendibourne.com), from Souderton, PA, was a founding member of swing band, Big Nite Out! She is the guitarist for Girls from Mars, performing on her bee-u-tee-ful 1951 Gibson L7. When she's not making music with "the girls", she plays & sings with Philadelphia area bands, Swing City (with The Guys from Mars), The Coyotes (old time fiddle music) , and Western Swing band, Beat's Walkin', as well as free-lancing as a jazz vocalist. She is the coordinator for Swing Week at Augusta, a week-long "camp" for adults, held in West Virginia, dedicated to teaching and preserving the music and dance of the Swing Era... more info about Augusta at www.augustaheritagecenter.org  More info about Wendi: www.wendibourne.com

Lauren Janson - Vocals, Snare drum

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LAUREN JANSON sang with swing band Big Nite Out for 15 years. She has studied voice with acclaimed Philadelphia vocalist, Linda Carrol. Lauren has performed with jazz artists Eric Spiegel and Randy Sorrels, as well as Maryann Price, Tom Principato, David Fry, and as a solo performer. She can be heard on many radio commercials and voice-overs, and currently makes her home in Glorietta, NM

Annie Patterson - Vocals

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ANNIE PATTERSON sang with swing band Big Nite Out for 7 years. She co-edited the song book, Rise Up Singing, with husband Peter Blood. Annie produced and sang on companion tapes for Rise Up Singing for the Sing Out Corp. She has appeared as a solo artist as well as with Peter at many festivals and camps across the US and Canada, including the New England Folk Festival, Augusta Heritage Center, Vancouver Folk Festival and Clearwater Hudson River Revival.Annie currently resides in Amherst, MA.

THE "GUYS FROM MARS"


Girls from Mars are so very fortunate to be accompanied by

The Guys from Mars:

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 RALPH GORDON, Bass


Ralph Gordon is a uniquely versatile musician, bringing more than 35 years of musical experience to the bass and cello. He is equally at home in folk, old time, swing, jazz, blues, bluegrass, klezmer, chamber group settings and all styles of music for dancers.

Ralph, classically trained, studied music at West Virginia University and the Manhattan School of Music. He left Manhattan to perform with the New Jersey Symphony, then toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. He eventually returned to West Virginia where he joined the ground breaking folk ensemble, Trapezoid. Nine years and four recordings later he left the group in 1986 to become a free lance musician. Since then he has performed with many individuals and groups in a multitude of musical styles and settings He is a sought after freelance artist and session musician in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Ralph can be heard on more than 100 recordings and contributed to arranging and producing on many of these. He teaches bass and performance classes at summer camps across the country.


......... "His playing is more sophisticated and technically accomplished than the next 10 string players of any sort and he uses his instruments to subtly ground, stabilize, and inspire the rest of the ensemble as they pursue their experimentations." Charleston Post Courier


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HOWARD SITRON, Trumpet

Howard happily brings his unique brand of groove-inspired playing to Girls from Mars whenever they come in for a landing.  With more years of playing experience than he cares to admit, Howard has played with a few bands you’ve heard of, but many more you probably have not. It is with those ensembles of all shapes, sizes and sounds that he honed his craft, and is honored to have worked with so many incredibly talented musicians along his way.  A Philly native, Howard currently resides (and rocks!) in Chicago, IL.


Occasional and honorary Guys from Mars include:

ROBERT REDD, Piano

MYLES ROTHWELL, Drums

TOM MITCHELL, Guitar

TROY CORLEY, saxophone