Friends, I’m resuming my original last name, Valls, which I realize may cause some confusion for a while. It’s still me!
I’m so excited to have been invited by my dear friend Elizabeth Trinkaus to sing a few opening songs at a very special concert this Friday in Chapel Hill featuring Asheville-based singer-songwriter David Wilcox! A portion of the proceeds will support I Belize In You, Pinnacle View’s program to provide inspirational books to children in Belize. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Please join us!
I recently had the great pleasure of performing at a private event — a beach retreat — sponsored by Pinnacle View. The audience was small and intimate — about ten women in all, seated within a few feet of me, all very present and attentive. The evening was a mixture of performance, story-telling, and sing-along, full of laughter and joy. There were even a few tears (mine!). Engaging with an audience that way was an entirely new experience, and one I found immensely rewarding. If a house concert is anything like this, I see one in my future.
Last month I had the pleasure of participating in a weekend-long guitar camp led by patient and talented instructors Rolly Brown, Danny Gotham, and Jon Shain. I’ve been wanting to improve my guitar skills, and this camp was the perfect way to expose myself to more music theory and techniques. I’m working hard to incorporate what I learned into my songs. I think my favorite aspect of the camp was connecting with a community of musicians and making new friends. I’m already looking forward to next year’s camp.
Please check my Dates page to see where I’m playing next. I’ve been doing a lot of solo gigs in order to focus on improving my performance, but I’m teaming up with Tom Ed White on Feb. 28 for a show in Cary.
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This past week was full of music-making opportunities! We played the Pittsboro Roadhouse, the Hillsborough Farmers Market, and the Duke Homestead Bullfest, two of which were on the same day! Cara and I have a new song in the works, Janet is joining us on cello on more and more songs, and applications are out for some outdoor festivals in the fall. I couldn’t be happier!