“...a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity — with award-winning songwriting always at center stage.”
ABOUT NO FUSS AND FEATHERS
NO FUSS AND FEATHERS is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award-winning songwriters Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, Catherine Miles, and Jay Mafale. Whether shaken or stirred, NO FUSS AND FEATHERS serves up a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally-touring performers who have charted at the top of Folk and Americana radio and appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.
Just how did NO FUSS AND FEATHERS get its start? And its name? Well, once upon a time, three Chicks and a Blue-Jay were hanging out in the barnyard and together they hatched a plan: “Hey kids, we have a barn. Let’s put on a show!” Okay, we thought we should get the bad puns out of the way right off the bat…
All four members of NO FUSS AND FEATHERS are veterans of the “Joni Mitchell’s Blue” tribute show presented by the NYC female songwriter collective known as Chicks with Dip. During those performances, the four had the opportunity to play together and discovered that their combined talents made for a pretty special sound. The show found its title by combining a nod to the Chicks with Dip (in the “feathers” reference) with a hint as to the nature of the show - not pretentious or unnecessarily ornate - simply a group of highly regarded songwriters who have great respect for each other, both personally and professionally, coming together to share their work with an audience.
The obvious friendship of Carolann, Karyn, Catherine, and Jay adds to the unabashedly fun and festive atmosphere of a NO FUSS AND FEATHERS show. Their audience can’t help but feel part of the onstage camaraderie. The four are also nationally touring performers that have charted at the top of major Folk and Americana radio lists, appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals, been invited to formally showcase at Folk Alliance conferences across the country, and whose songwriting has been recognized by such highly regarded competitions as Kerrville New Folk, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Songwriter’s Serenade, Susquehanna Music & Arts Songwriting Competition, and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"What an absolutely wonderful concert you gave us! Really, you have created something very special. The No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow distills the very best of four talented musicians and creates an entirely original, polished, engaging entity. The combination of beautiful singing, gorgeous harmonies, sophisticated instrumentation and infectious humor was warmly appreciated by the audience. I loved every minute."
--Barbara Shiller, President of CT Folk
"The four versatile singer-songwriters swapped instruments and sang with pristine harmonies buttressed by confident musicianship. The accessible performers filled the space between songs with teasing banter, much as they do when getting together in one another's homes."
-- David Sepulveda, New Haven Independent
"No Fuss and Feathers captivated the crowd with marvelous musicianship, sensational songs, and crowd-pleasing camaraderie! The audience loved the show!"
-- Gail Prusslin, Outpost in the Burbs
"It was like your new best friends had sat down and they were playing and singing right to your heart - and your funny bone! A talented foursome with an awesome vocal blend, NFFR showed how four friends, performers and songwriters could turn our stage into Home."
--Tim Wilson, Voices Cafe
"Thank you so much for a great show, great workshops, and for infecting the entire weekend with your talent, joy and warmth. The blend of your voices is exquisite and your concert exceptional. The workshops were top notch and entertaining. You were a wonderful part of our weekend community. It was a total joy to work with you all, and an absolute pleasure to listen."
-- Mark & Robin Schaffer, Chairs of Folk Project Fall Getaway