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2023 Oregon fringe Festival - Knitting Needles, Townsend’s Solitaire (Honorarium Recipient)

Content Warning: Themes of death, mental health, self harm, and suicide.

Knitting Needles features a live acoustic set of original songs and covers with an emphasis on honest and raw vulnerability about melancholic loss, love, and renewal drenched in lush, tasteful, and technical arrangements. Placing a heavy focus on storytelling and stark honesty, Knitting Needles strives to create a safe space for viewers to feel and express emotions dealing with death, mental illness, and coming of age topics that otherwise are difficult to speak about.

Bobby Odle is a singer-songwriter and classically trained percussionist turned folk musician based in Seattle, Washington who performs under the moniker, Townsend’s Solitaire. While living in Ashland, faced with completing a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance at Southern Oregon University in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, Townsend’s Solitaire turned his creative eye towards poetry and songwriting. Drawing heavy influence from artists like The Tallest Man on Earth, Adrianne Lenker, Bright Eyes, and Sufjan Stevens, Townsend’s Solitaire prioritizes and treasures genuineness above everything else. 

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Livestream via YouTube

Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

SOU Music Recital Hall
450 S Mountain Ave Ashland, OR 97520