Julee Glaub Weems: Biography and Class Description
JULEE GLAUB WEEMS, a native of North Carolina, studied literature and music at Wake Forest University, before following her longstanding interest in Irish culture to work with the poor in Dublin. Her meaningful experiences with the people of Ireland led her to a keener interest in the culture and in particular to their traditional music. For nearly seven years, she continued her work in Dublin while sitting at the feet of master players and singers and absorbing everything. She credits the combination of material from the Irish Traditional Music Archives, from older singers, and her experiences in working with poor and working people in Dublin, as her major inspirations to her ballad singing.
Upon returning home, she became involved in the Irish music scene here in the States and has quickly become recognized as a leading interpreter of Irish songs in America. She lived in the Northeast for seven years in order to be closer to the heartbeat of Irish music in America. Her first CD, Fields Faraway (2001), included members of the band Séad, with whom she still performs from time to time: Brian Conway, Brendan Dolan, and Jerry O’Sullivan. More recently she has expanded her interest to include traditional North Carolina music, and in 2004 released her second CD, Blue Waltz, a collection which explores the connections between Irish and Appalachian music and has been featured on Fiona Ritchie’s Thistle and Shamrock. The project was produced by Vermonter Pete Sutherland and highlights Irish guitarist Dáithí Sproule, fiddler Randal Bays, and others. Julee recently returned to North Carolina to be closer to her roots and to join two worlds that are deeply connected and part of her own soul as well. In 2005, Mark Weems and Julee realized quickly that the harmonic blending of their vocal tones was quite unique and formed the duo Little Windows. They tour, teach, and perform together full-time both nationally and abroad.
Julee’s approach to music downplays the entertainment aspect of music, incorporates her view of nature and human experience, and focuses on the spiritual and emotional wealth that traditional music has to offer to the world. For more information, please visit www.juleeglaub.com or www.littlewindows.net
Julee teaches traditional singing privately and publicly. She is in great demand as a teacher and has been on the staff of the Irish Arts Week in the Catskills of New York, the Alaska Fiddle Camp, the Schloss Mittersill Arts Conference in Austria, the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College in NC, Camp Little Windows and various camps and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, She has developed her own cultural enrichment programs for lower- and middle-school ages, and enjoys teaching children of all ages and passing on the torch of traditional song. In 2007 she created a new week at the Swannanoa Gathering called Traditional Song Week at Warren Wilson College, near Asheville, NC. The week is still going strong and draws folks from all over the map. Julee is the coordinator of what is for her a dream come true.