NEWS & ADVENTURES of a thoughtful heart songstress mama                          April-May 2015
~ the Amanda West newsletter ~
Hello Dear Friends,

I read something a long time ago about parenthood - that it turns ME into WE. So true. That's me and my family in Ireland on "The Playground Tour". So far I've been lucky enough to always have them with me while on the road.
At the beginning of this calendar year I set an intention to release one new something each month. It was going quite well - have you seen them all?

JANUARY: The EP "Life Happens" online, at last, for digital download!
FEBRUARY: The new song & video "Hello & Goodbye"
And then... life happens. Again. As it seems to keep doing. I could offer excuses, but in truth it's just reality ~ my ideas are sometimes bigger than what can fit into the hours of the days. Times like these I appreciate the compassion of my music business boss (yes, that would be me) "You didn't make that deadline? It's ok. I can see you are working hard. Let's just move that a bit..."

So, April & May come to you here as one. It's a big one! I am thrilled to offer you a radio interview and photo essay from our Ireland/UK/European Tour, a.k.a. The Playground Tour.

It was exactly a year ago this time we were hopping from plane to rental car, country to country, meeting new friends and old, sharing our music, and trying out every playground we could find (thanks to our toddler's urging). The radio interview was aired on WRFM Radio in Westport, Ireland. It's a great introduction to my music, my career and my life, with some lovely images of Europe/UK/Ireland. Enjoy!

Meanwhile, after what feels like a little performance hiatus, I have shows coming up again, SOON!

This Saturday May 16th @ 8pm I'm in Oakland!

Thursday June 11th @ 7pm I'm in Santa Cruz!

And in July I'm heading to the Pacific Northwest on the Flip Flop Tour! Dates are below, and more details will be coming.
endless thanks for your ongoing love & support,
it's a wild ride and I'm so grateful to have you along,
see you soon!
love & song,
~ Amanda
 Saturday May 16th @ 7:30pm | Awaken Cafe, Oakland
1429 Broadway, Oakland, California 94612
CD Release party for Mindy Dillard's new album  "How to Survive a Poison Apple"
 with Heather Normandale & Amanda West 


Thurs* June 11th @ 7:00pm | The Ugly Mug, Soquel
4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Songstress Serenade with Amanda West & Jaspar Lepak

U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S :

Saturday May 16th @ 7pm
Awaken Cafe | 1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 
Opening the evening for Mindy Dillard's new CD release! 
Saturday May 31st @ 9am
Center for Spiritual Enlightenment | 1146 University Ave, San Jose, CA 
Musical inspiration for morning services
Thursday June 11th @ 7pm
Ugly Mug Cafe | 4640 Soquel Dr. Soquel, CA 
Songstress Serenade with Jaspar Lepak  

* Pacific Northwest Tour July 2015 *
7/12 - Lithia Artisan's Market, Ashland, OR
7/14 - The Secret Garden, Portland, OR
7/15 - House Concert, Newberg, OR
7/16 - Northwest Farmer's Market, Portland, OR
 7/17 - Kenton Farmer's Market, Portland, OR
7/19 - Couth Buzzard Books, Seattle, WA
7/21 - Triple Door, Seattle, WA
7/26 - House Concert, Coos Bay, OR
... more dates possibly TBA 
August 3rd - 7th 
Intro to Guitar Summer Camp for Kids 6-12
Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond
Learn more:
Private Lessons ~ Voice, Guitar & Songwriting | Home Studio, Felton, CA
Specializing in work with women and girls. More details:

Ongoing Mondays @ 7pm 
WOMB SONG | Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz
A community based singing circle for pregnant women, led by Amanda West & Megan Jacobsmeyer. Learn more:

Amanda West Music
Philosophical Folk Songstress

PO Box 7345 | Santa Cruz CA 95061