The Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, NJ
NEXT AT THE HURDY GURDY
with special guest Crys Matthews
Saturday, March 2, 2019
A prominent figure in women's music, Tret Fure has had a long and prolific career as a singer and songwriter. She has released 16 albums and CDs over nearly five-decades. Her newest, "Roses in November," came out last year. It has been on the Folk DJ charts for more than six months.
Tret discovered the new and blossoming genre known as women's music in the 1980s. She recorded and produced some of the best of women's music including "Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall" in 1983. She worked with Cris Williamson throughout the 1990s, performing, engineering and producing, the 3 CDs the duo released.
Garnering numerous awards for her songs and her recordings, Tret was voted the "Pride in the Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician" and received the Janine C. Rae Award for her work in Women's Music in 2009. Among her other honors are: the Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women's Music and awards for the Best Overall Song and the Best Up-Tempo Song in the singer-songwriter competition at the 2004 \South Florida Folk Festival.
Tret began her career at age 16, singing in coffeehouses and college campuses in the Midwest. When she turned 19, she moved to Los Angeles, where she performed as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, a seminal performer of British rock in the mid-1960s. After touring with him and writing the single for his album, "Mousetrap," she recorded her first album in 1973.
For her many activities in the field of music and elsewhere, Tret has earned recognition as a "Renaissance Woman." She served for six years as president of Local 1000 of the Traveling Musicians Association, a union geared toward helping traveling musicians. She markets her own line of clothing, teaches guitar and songwriting, paints portraits of pets, and has published a cookbook of her own recipes.
Singer-songwriter Crys Matthews blends folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz, Americana and funk into songs steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated with thoughtful and moving lyrics. Her CD, "The Imagineers" and her EP "Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers," both released in 2017, highlight her dynamic songwriting, ranging from songs about love and life to ones about social justice. A native of southeastern North Carolina, she finds inspiration in her surroundings, from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, whose interracial marriage violated the laws of Virginia at the time.
Crys' songs have earned her numerous awards and honors: She was the grand-prize winner at the 2018 New Song Music Competition and took first place at the People Music Network's Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.
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