30 Second Kiss
Flower & McLaren are two talented musicians who have joined forces to redefine the boundaries of contemporary music. They perform inspiring original songs influenced by country, Cajun, Irish and folk music. As instrumentalists, vocalists and songwriters, these women let their imaginations run wild by combining fiddle, piano, guitar, mandolin, keyboard, banjo and accordion with soaring vocal harmonies. Flower & McLaren are a delightful and dazzling blend of technical proficiency mixed with humor, hope and heart. Between them Robin and Libby have more than 10 recordings, together they have recorded 2 CDs -- Angel of Change and 30 Second Kiss-- and are in the beginning stages of making a third CD. 'It was a real pleasure to hear you sing...you have such extraordinary control over your voices. You keep on singing!.' - - Pete Seeger '30 Second Kiss is 42 minutes of great music. Libby's deep rich voice and forceful piano work dances side by side with Robin's flying fingers. Good story telling. A great listen. A long standing duo worthy of their place in folk music.' - - Holly Near 'It is a musical marriage made in heaven, Flower and McLaren's. To be in the presence of their joyous musicianship, their humor, and their exciting music, so full of passion for life., is to travel in the realm of pure delight. ' - - Ronnie Gilbert 'Flower & McLaren's music is magic.' - Sing Out! 'Flower & McLaren cook up a luscious stew of tunes that are both technically exquisite and intelligently arranged.' - BAM (Bay Area Music Magazine) 'brilliant instrumental sets - tight harmonies...' - Hamilton, New Zealand National Folk Festival '...ever delightful...' - San Francisco Chronicle 'Robin Flower and Libby McLaren are breaking ground with their novel fusion of Celtic, Cajun and progressive folk music.' - - Dirty Linen 'This duo is always full of musical surprises. Together they perform a progressive folk fusion of highly original songs influenced by a variety of world musical traditions.' - Critics Choice Robin Flower: Robin Flower is a uniquely gifted and dazzling musician. Robin's technical expertise on mandolin, guitar and fiddle is complemented by a creative wit that results in wryly clever songs. Whether ripping through a contemporary fiddle tune or soloing beautifully on one of her daring compositions, Robin Flower is an innovator, moving restlessly yet convincingly through a myriad of styles, resulting in a music that is intellectually challenging and hauntingly beautiful. Robin Flower's passionate, raw performances in both concert and on records have earned her such awards as Fret's Magazine's Best New Talent, N.A.I.R.D.'S Best string Band, Jazz Album, and a California Arts Council touring grant. Robin has been hailed by Billboard Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Village Voice for her superb musicianship and artistry. Robin Flower's four albums have appeared in critic's polls of top ten lists and have firmly established her as an inventive force in New Acoustic Music. 'These talents will put her in the running alongside established innovators like David Grisman and Andy Statman.' - Village Voice, NYC 'A strong, stirring foray into New Acoustic Music.' - Billboard 'The feminist equivalent of David Grisman and David Bromberg.' - Village Voice, NYC 'Tremendous talent on display.' - Globe and Mail Canadian National Newspaper 'Flower has not only the musical chops on mandolin and guitar to win the admiration of peers like Darol Anger and Laurie Lewis, but also the skillful feminist songwriting sensibility to be a hero in the women's music movement. This ability to succeed in 2 very different scenes makes her one of the most interesting musicians of the 80's. She grew up in a working class-section of Cleveland where her Kentucky-born mother sang her Appalachians ballads. Flower released 4 albums on Flying Fish and other labels. She has a sly wit and her music never loses her joyful momentum.' -- MusicHound, Folk, The Essential Album Guide Green Sneakers - Flying Fish Records 'Top ten album' - Boston Phoenix 1st Dibs - Flying Fish Records 'Best String band jazz album' - Folk Roots Babies with Glasses - Flying Fish Records 'Hot mandolin strikes like lightening with a gut-wrenching virtuosity!' - Folk Roots Libby McLaren: Libby McLaren is an exceptional vocalist, piano and accordion player. She has toured extensively with various artists including The Roches and Ronnie Gilbert, bringing her unique personal style and warmth, hot solos and perfect harmonies to their shows. She has appeared on the Tonight Show and the Late Show and has added her talents to many major label and independent recordings. Libby's piano playing is both richly melodic and rhythmically driving. Vocally, she touches hearts and raises the level of intensity with her brilliant vocalizing during contra dances. 'Libby McLaren's piano playing brought down the house!' - -Village Voice, NYC 'Libby adds a real spark, not only as an accompanist but also as a beautiful singer.' - - Ronnie Gilbert 'Libby has a way of playing piano that is, to us, perfect.' - Terre, Suzzy and Maggie Roche 'Libby McLaren's fingers dance over the keys playing everything from traditional fiddle tunes to near rock music with an easy and fluid grace that creates a special atmosphere for each tune.' - - New Zealand National LibraryAuditorium, Wellington NZ.