In an America where England won the Revolutionary War, the king of the independent nation of Cascadia has just died and his nineteen-year-old daughter, the heir, has disappeared while en route back home to claim her throne. In these uncertain times, a software engineer, a failed arcanologist, a brewer priest, a traveling guitarist, and a gorgeous IT specialist must work together to protect the missing princess when she arrives at their door, pursued by mysterious assailants.
This is the back story upon which the series of Strowler events Winter and I will be performing at this fall are based.
In this version of history, “MAGIC is real and studied in the great universities, SCIENCE is pervasive and advanced, and MYTHICAL CREATURES are more an annoyance than a wonder.”
So what is a Strowler?
The original definition is from 18th century thieves cant: “n. Vagabonds, Itinerants, Men of no settled Abode, of a precarious Life, Wanderers of Fortune, such as Gypsies, Beggars, Pedlars, Hawkers, Mountebanks, Fidlers, Country-Players, Rope-dancers, Jugglers, Tumblers, Shewers of Tricks, and Raree-show-men.” (From the Dictionary of Thieving Slang, 1737)
K Wiley, producer of the Strowler Events , says “I saw this definition and immediately realized: that is us. That is what we are and what we do. And it means even more in the modern sense. To us, it is a word for people who make their own way, because the status quo is insufficient.”
It will come as no surprise that I resonate strongly with this ideal. I have lived the bulk of my life this way, as have most of the people I spend time with. In a world that seems largely insane, it is a mark of sanity to strive to create something different. We seek to live according to beauty and harmony, in reverence and respect of one another and all life. We seek to create alternate ways of being in the world, of loving and laughing and creating something that didn’t exist a moment before. These gatherings of the tribes always serve to seal bonds with others of like mind and to remind us that we do not walk the path alone.
So I am well pleased to have been invited to join in three Strowler themed events with several artists I have admired for a very long time.
Wendy Rule, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, and the Gypsy Nomads, to name just a few.
You can read more about Strowlers on the strowlers.com website if you like, but suffice to say, this is going to be a fun backdrop upon which to play. Kind of Steampunky in it’s recreation of historical events, it will feature circus arts, a maker’s showcase, and a strong gypsy spirit among a gathering of folks committed to living imaginative lives. If you’ve been hankering for a gathering to stretch the boundaries of what you beleive is possible, these events may hit the spot.
If you do decide to attend any of the three, you can get 10% off your ticket by entering the discount code “winterknight” when you buy your tickets.
Single day passes are now available for the St. Louis, MO show and can be bought here:
Weekend passes for the Boston and Seattle events are also available at the above address and the discount code applies.
Hope to see many of you there!
Blessings to you all, Strowlers each and every one of you, in your own way.