Dear Friends, Welcome! Thanks for coming to visit!
It is summer in Holden Village, and amidst the noise and dust of construction season, life abounds! The squirrels are as busy as our hard- hatted construction workers, and the birds outside my window can be almost as noisy! Poppies and lilacs are blooming; the hummingbirds make me smile, and the deer always make me feel peaceful when I meet them on the trail.
I, too, have had work to do here in the Village. Along with the regular post office duties, I’ve organized a Holden Village Folk Festival and a Compassionate Voices Retreat both held in March….and hopefully to be repeated in March of 2015. I bring music to various events, preach, and continue to compose. I also leave the Village now and then as part of Holden on the Road, or to do presentations about the Village, bedside singing, or women’s history, or just to share some songs.
On June 1st, 2015, my time at Holden as long-term staff will end, and Scott and I will be heading back to our new home in Bellingham….and the next adventure will begin!
Thanks for coming to visit. In these pages you’ll find links to recordings and songbooks, sound samples, archival photos and much more. You can also visit me on Facebook for more current information.
May the music move you, make you laugh, empower you, and take you to a place of peace.
Summer Solstice, 2014
My address is:
C/O Holden Village
HCO Box 2
Chelan, WA 98816-9769
My email address remains the same.
There's no phone access.
Singer-songwriter Linda Allen will be coming down from the mountains of the North Cascades to tell a story of Holden Village, where she and her husband, Scott Slaba, are temporarily making their home. The presentation uses original songs, poems, and images to tell a story of the work being done to remediate the destruction caused by decades of mining in the Railroad Creek Valley. It's a call for compassionate activism as we face the challenges of our planet at risk.
Here's to the Women! Songs, Stories & Images Of Washington's Women;
Presented by Linda Allen Washington State is celebrating 100 years since the passage of Women's Suffrage. Linda has prepared a special program, highlighting both the silencing and the empowering of women's voices in Washington State. Linda's power-point, musical presentation features songs, stories, readings and images, with a special emphasis on the fifty-year struggle for the vote. Concerts and workshops are also available on the theme of women's history.
The Women! A timely CD release featuring songs commemorating the passage of women's suffrage, in Washington State and nationally..
FOR MORE INFO: Click here to go to the ordering page.
PILGRIMAGE: Journey to the
Heart of Israel and Palestine In 2006, Linda was invited to visit Palestine and Israel with the Peacebuilders program to sing for school children. When she returned, she created a recording of songs to be used with the educational curriculum being developed, and she created a power point/musical presentation to share her experience. At the heart of the presentation are children's drawings from the Palestinian Child Arts Center. Please click on the poster for more information. For photos of Linda's journey, click here.
Nobody Came A lament for New Orleans LISTEN (mp3 file, 5.6 MB)
ABOUT LINDA ALLEN . . .
Linda Allen is a passionate and engaging performer whose songs are rooted in tradition and honed by years of commitment to an art that both informs and transforms. Her songs are bold, poignant, funny, informative, insightful and best described in a review from Folknik which called her music "·good holistic medicine for the spirit." She’s released nine CDs of original music.
Her passion, as a songwriter, presenter, choir director, and educator, is to help people find their physical, creative, and spiritual voices. Her songs also give voice to those whose voices may have been silenced.
Her songs have been sung and/or recorded by many artists including Rebel Voices, Seattle Women's Ensemble, Kulshan Chorus, Wisconsin Women's Chorus, Cindy Mangsen, Joe Jencks, Frankie Armstrong, Judy Small and many others. They have appeared in publications such as Sing Out! and Broadside, in books and song collections, and have been used for numerous film, radio and television programs.
Her albums and CD's have featured outstanding artists including Margie Adam, Betsy Rose, Frankie Armstrong, Alison Brown, Geof Morgan, Cary Black, Julian Smedley, Philip Boulding, Nina Gerber, Tracy Spring and her own talented daughters, Jen and Kristin Allen-Zito.
A prolific writer, Linda is also a song collector. She was Resident Songwriter for the State of Washington's Centennial Project; she also worked extensively with the Washington Women’s History Consortium, the Washington Women's Heritage Project and the Washington Grange Music Heritage Project.
Linda teaches classes, retreats, workshops and keynote presentations, serves as an artist-in-residence and enjoys going into schools, communities and conferences to give customized workshops on history, singing, songwriting, and creativity. Linda has organized two community folk centers and is a recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship. She is also an ordained interfaith Doctor of Ministry, and offers sermons and presentations for various spiritual communities and retreat centers. Her doctoral thesis was “The Bridge Between the Earth and Sky: The Spirituality of Voice”.
In 2007, Linda founded the Bellingham Threshold Singers, whose purpose is to sing at the bedside of those who are seriously ill or dying. This was followed by the founding of Women with Wings in 2011, bringing music to those who may be isolated, ill or suffering. She is a Certified Clinical Musician, and presents a workshop, “Voices of Compassion: An Introduction to Therapeutic Singing at the Bedside.” Linda was inducted into the Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame for her work.
Linda currently lives and works in Holden Village, where she serves as program resource, facilitating retreats, providing music, and running the Village post office.
Linda Allensings the songs that tell of the lives and the work, the hopes and the dreams of people everywhere. Her interest in songwriting has grown out of her love for traditional music as well as her interest in our collective history. She has a talent for reaching into the ordinary to find the profound, setting it to music and singing it home.
MOVIE! THE POWER
OF VOICE Offers clips from Linda's vocal workshop, songwriting workshop, and keynote address, along with participant's comments.
Clark College Women's Conference, 2003 To Watch - Click Here
(7.8 MB, Quicktime Movie)
For booking information, comments, or to sign up for our email list Contact October Rose Productions: Email Linda