North Winds

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    Award winning song! Drenched in Celtic folklore! Strong vocals! Passionate instrumentation!
    A musical must for the fans of Celtic Folk!

    After the successful release of their first studio album, Home, the band wanted to raise the bar musically. Fae Wiedenhoeft, the band’s creator and primary songwriter, honed her skills to weave stories into stronger songs. Two months before the release of North Winds, Fae was awarded first place in the Bob Kotta Songwriting Contest for her song Sailor. At the same time, her song Running was featured on the No Depression website. North Winds continues to get attention from the media! It has been said that Fae Wiedenhoeft and her voice are ".. one of the best kept secrets in the Celtic world."

    Recorded on 1/2' tape by Kelly Blanchard at Green Arbor Studios, North Winds swirls10 heart-holding tracks from an old traditional piece welcoming the listener to the fire, to stormy seas, stories of Selkies, love burning up, green-eyed waters, toe-tappin’ drinkin; songs, and more! It was mixed by Ron Allen at Four Lumen Studio and mastered by Chris Hanzsek at Hanzsek AV.

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With an award winning song, strong vocals, and passionate instrumentation, SeaStar's new record North Winds is drenched in Celtic folklore making it a musical must for the fans of Celtic Folk!

After the successful release of their first studio album, Home, the band wanted to raise the bar musically. Fae Wiedenhoeft, the band’s creator and primary songwriter, honed her skills to weave stories into stronger songs. Two months before the release of North Winds, Fae was awarded first place in the Bob Kotta Songwriting Contest for her song Sailor. At the same time, her song Running was featured on the No Depression website. North Winds continues to get attention from the media! It has been said that Fae Wiedenhoeft and her voice are ".. one of the best kept secrets in the Celtic world."

Recorded on 1/2' tape by Kelly Blanchard at Green Arbor Studios, North Winds swirls10 tracks, from an old traditional piece welcoming the listener to the fire, to stormy seas, stories of Selkies, love burning up, green-eyed waters, toe-tappin’ drinkin; songs, and more! It was mixed by Ron Allen at Four Lumen Studio and mastered by Chris Hanzsek at Hanzsek AV.

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released October 15, 2013

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SeaStar hails from the rainy town of Seattle.
Since 2007, Fae Wiedenhoeft and her band have been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of Celtic Folk. Their award winning, traditional sounding compositions and clever story songs are loved and revered by many across the globe.
They have traveled to many places with their music and cannot wait to share some stories with you!
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Track Name: Selkie
Along the wild strand by the old broken stones
near that keening sea.
She wanders alone to those waters that call
and the one that she used to be.
It’s been awhile since she has seen her family
and she swam so freely near the rocks.
And that midsummer’s air when she tore at her hair
for some thing stolen, some thing grand, some thing lost.
From the shore you can see a wee, wind swept house
with a chime made of seashells and lies.
There are three children there whom she holds very dear
for their mother’s gone to the other side.
And their father comes home like a terrible storm.
The gale in his voice is so cold.
And each and every day she dreams of a way
that she’ll find her way back to the foam.
Chorus:
Let the waters come and find me
Let the waters come and find me
Let the waters come and find me and carry me on.
And while he’s away and his children play
she watches the seals swim free.
Till one day the rains came and tucked her away
in a small room where light’s rarely seen.
And there behind books was a cupboard locked strong.
She used all the strength ever known.
And in the dark den was her own seal skin
which she grabbed and ran back to the foam.
Chorus.
And later that day he sailed back home
and as he tied up his fishing boat.
He noticed no smoke coming up from the hearth
and the children were out in the cold.
He called out her name yelling curses the same,
knowing well a selkie was she.
And from the waters deep she watch his defeat
as she swam to the edge of the sea.
Chorus
Track Name: Bittersweet Rubbish
We landed but two days ago and we wandered these Dublin streets.
Down to the BrazenHead Pub for a well deserved pint and reprieve.
And the barman spoke of old times.
From poor to poorer the Irish remain.
The Celtic Tiger has lost its mighty roar and we’re back to the same ways again
Chorus:
And the wind sing the old songs that I’ve always known.
The ones that my friends sang; some are here, some are gone.
And the wind sings of freedom and of things left unseen.
As we sit in this old pub and live the dream of 1916.

And the whiskey was flowing and that barman he went on
Sayin’ 40% of his wage went to pay Ireland’s Government loans.
And the water and rubbish are taxed; taxes like a king was still here.
And we are back to the days when feeding a family and paying the rent is certainly unclear.
Chorus.

And we make due you see.
And yes, we are technically free.
And our lives are so much better than my father’s father had dreamed.
And each night I talk to the tourists and we laugh at our global pains.
And remember that sharin’ a pint and singin’ a song
breathes hope with each refrain.
Chorus.
Track Name: Smolder
I met a friend of yours last night
in the bar that was your second home.
She told me you up left, packed up,
headed somewhere you’ve never known.
Then my heart shook, why now?
It’s been so long since I’d thought of you.
She said I was the one that you loved,
the one who was so tried and true.
Chorus:
And the thing is, I would have dropped my silly world
if you’d let me know.
And you’d be here and we’d be fine
instead of burning up, we’d smolder slow.

Your lips were kissing me, moving fast,
but you never said a thing.
You never told me your dreams,
never knew you bought that ring.
You’d make my heart race, I’d come undone.
My body ached to pull you near.
And then you’d run fast, all stop,
never knowing what you feared.
Chorus

I met a friend of yours last night
in the bar that was your second home.
She told me you up left, packed up headed
somewhere you’ve never known.
And then my heart stopped. Why now?
Why’d you let me go? And if I called you,
would things change?
Or are you heading me for another low?
Chorus
Track Name: Running
Don’t need to send me a letter
to let me know we’re through.
I felt things had changed
when I looked at you.
And I know perhaps I wasn’t perfect in the end.
But it’s hard for me to find when we stopped being friends
Chorus:
And you were always running.
Running to strangers, lights, and sounds.
And you were always running.
And I’m not sure what you found.
And does it hold you better than me?

What a strange divide of space
when I saw you the other day.
My heart leapt into my throat as I turned and rushed away.
It’s funny how close two can be when the fire makes the meld.
But when it’s cold and it’s gone,
we’re just two metals that repel.
Chorus
And you were always running.
Running to strangers, lights, and sounds.
And you were always running.
And I hope you like what you found.
And does it hold you better than me

Don’t need to send me a letter to set you free.
I hope what you found loves you as much as me.
Track Name: Cozy Corner Bar
When the night time falls like a hammer.
You'll go deaf from the din and the clammor.
You'll suddenly stagger and stammer at the cozy corner bar.
There's a buncha young lads wanna meet ya.
Grab a pint and a shot and they'll seatcha.
By the end of the night they may beatya.
At the cozy corner bar.
Chorus:
So light em up! And drink em down.
It's a clever endeavor to get drunk as ever. and lift a coupla gowns.
So line em up and knock em down.
They'll be dance and romance if chance gets you down
to the Cozy Corner Bar.

We got bands playin' jigs, reels and ballads.
We got 'tatoes and fishes and salads.
You might wind up the night lookin' pallid at the Cozy Corner Bar.
There's a girl who's passed out in the corner.
Guess the bartender, he didn't warn her.
Drinks are stiff as the man who had bourne her
down at the Cozy Corner Bar.
Chorus
There's a crane you can see from the window.
There's a bulldozer parked by a Pinto.
The town don't like the business you're into at the Cozy Corner Bar.
One day a notice appeared on the the front door.
It said, Opening soon- a new pet store.
Lads, it looks like we all here are done for.
No more Cozy Corner Bar.
So light em up! And drink em down.
“LAST CALL”.
Though you can't lift your head and you're feeling half dead.
And you'd almost rather drown.
So line em up and knock em down.
We'll drown sorrow tomorrow at the new cozy bar
on the other side of town
Track Name: Hawthorn Tree
Along fair Arran's shores,
the swans sing soft of tale of yore,
of a young love taken to sea.
The two were hand in glove
like sparrows bound in sacred love.
A tune that only they can sing.
A tree of unity they planted
by the green eyed sea.
The branch would hold their love through time.
A sailor lad was he. He said,
"don’t cry my lovely, Mhari,
before the moon is full I’ll return.
Please wait for me” and she sang to him.

The moon shone full and bright
and home he sailed mid-summers night.
The tree so young and blossoming.
They slept among the green;
the world was light and dreams serene.
The fires in their hearts burned bright.
Where moss-grown boulders stand,
he took her by the lily hand and
there they wed at break of day.
The seas know not of hearts and
once again the two must part.
"It won’t be long, I swear to thee.
Please wait for me." and she sang to him.

The hawthorn’s nearly grown.
10 years she walked shores alone,
she hears his whispers in its leaves.
Home is a sailor lad.
Home in the sea, forever plaid,
under the wide and starry sky.
Yes, I will wait for thee,
by mountain, sea and hawthorn tree;
and on the wind you'll hear my love.
For at the fall of day,
beneath the leaves where once we lay,
I'll sit and sing I’ll wait for thee. Come back to me.
Track Name: Gypsy
We met in a trainwreck of glitter
that gave the world a little kick
and we danced a tarantella just as Moe sang acapella
and we wrapt it up and left the scene right quick.
We moved through the streetlights of Paris
and sipped Absinthe along the Seine.
And I heard a laughing fairie as we can-canned bold and merry
and we roved just like the night would never end.
Chorus:
Singing tales of summer
and the wonders of love.
We’ll weave stories of beauty
and you’ll see them in the stars above.

We slept in the sun in Barcelona,
in fields plucked flowers for our hair.
And I charmed a Spanish cutie and we tangoed like a fury
till his wife came out and gave me quite the scare.
The life of a traveler’s rather simple,
just know when to run or stay and play.
For when the music is a flowin’ and the wine makes faces glowin’,
oh the true Bohemim spirit is the way for
Chorus
We roved and we roved this wild world over.
Singing songs from town to town is all we know.
For when the life is gypsy friendly, when you’re with us you are family,
and your family is the place that you call home Chorus
Track Name: Gold
I need a question without an answer.
I need a vast sky to get swallowed in.
I need a story with a happy ending
and a new one waiting to begin.
I need a sunset I can hold in a teacup.
I need a horse to take me to the edge of the world.
I need the wonder I held as a child
and a whiskey with my dearest pals.
Chorus:
These days roll on like thunder.
These years skip by too fast.
One day we’re running free as naked as a breeze
and the next one may be our last.
But I know... this life is gold.

I need no books on meditation.
I need no fortune teller to tell me my path.
I need a beach, my guitar, and a glowing fire
and some friends to share a laugh.
I need a day without phone calls and computers.
I need a street with no traffic to fight.
I need the smile from a perfect stranger
and a clear and starfilled night.
Chorus
Track Name: Sailor
Oh the North Winds are blowing
and I can’t see beyond the fog.
It’s been ten weeks since I’ve held my son
and my one true love.
The black waters keep rolling,
in the distance a lonely horn,
and the gale starts screaming
as we sail the eye of the storm.
Chorus:
Yet in the dead of night, with no land in sight,
you feel a silence, a silence deep in your bones.
And those sirens sing and your eyes see things
and you wonder will I ever get home?

And the waves pour around us.
Try and keep a level head.
With no sleep and a face full of drink,
you’d think you’re better off dead.
My father worked on a trawler
and his father too.
He said do what you can and stay on land.
But these veins salt water runs through.
Chorus

And the haul’s on for hours.
My fingers are frozen stone.
And my fears playing cruel games,
I see lost sailors in that foam.
But there’s a red sky tonight
and no more lines to set.
And home we will go with riches in tow
but my heart will not soon forget.
Chorus.