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Jan Marra & Gloria Attoun Livestream
February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jan Marra has been a friend of the Focal Point for decades. She has been performing her original music and solo shows for over forty years, starting at a Minneapolis coffeehouse and from there to appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, The Nashville Network, and hundreds of music venues in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She was a featured Kerrville New Folk Performer and her first LP, These Crazy Years, came out on the Flying Fish/Rounder label. Jan was a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus for 13 years and performed with the local a cappella octet, Pieces of 8. Both These Crazy Years and her second album, Songs for Collectors, are heard on local and national folk-radio programs. Since 2003 she has focused on performing for seniors with a well-cured repertoire of over 300 songs highlighted by her tuneful whistling. One of Jan’s original songs, May You, is known as “The Folksinger’s Blessing” and is a favorite among RenFaire performers.
Gloria is a songwriter, singer and player of many instruments. She usually performs a mix of roots-influenced music with other people, but she also enjoys doing solo shows. She was raised with a vast array of musical influences. Though Gloria was born in St. Louis, she was conceived in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which makes her a first generation immigrant refugee from North Africa. Her family spoke French at home but when she was a toddler, she spent a few years living with an all-American family who had hootenannies in their backyard, giving Gloria a love and appreciation for guitars, fiddles, banjo, and mandolin as well as Merle Travis and Chet Atkins recordings. Later, she was surrounded by music of her North African heritage—with interesting sliding vocal styles, intoxicating, hypnotic percussion as a musical backdrop to her days. Gloria started to play guitar when she was twelve and struggled on a $25. hand-me-down guitar from Sears and played until her fingers bled. She started playing banjo when she was 15 and then went on to learn mandolin and other interesting instruments. She has recorded five CDs,—two solo records and three in other partnerships. Her two solo CDs have been on the top ten lists of several DJs and have been played all over the US and other parts of the world. Her song, “Wrong Side of the Road” was featured on National Public Radio’s “Car Talk.” She has shared the stage with folk-greats, such as, Claire Lynch and Bryan Bowers and has performed in a variety of festivals and music venues. Gloria spends most of her time in the little river town of Augusta, MO, St. Louis, Memphis, TN and exploring other parts of the world. In addition to writing and performing original songs, she performs with her husband, Michael Bauermeister and her friends, The Texas Giants. Gloria also coaches parents of young families and is a certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach. Be prepared to be uplifted and to have fun during this special concert!