The goal of this site is to tell the story of the Mother Folkers, a group of women whose performances have spanned more than forty years. This site is under development as a class project of group member Ellen Audley's in JTC372 at Colorado State University. Watch for videos and photos to appear as Spring 2015 progresses with JTC211 (Digital Media) and JTC362 (Digital Video Editing).
The Mother Folkers perform primarily original music in the genres of Americana, Pop, Rock, World, Jazz, Swing, Bluegrass, Celtic, and Blues, with a touch of Classical and New Orleans influences.
Our instruments include: piano, bass, saxophones, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, marimba, hammered dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, autoharp, penny whistle, fiddle, accordion, and violin. Our rhythms are driven by conga, cajón, snare drum, and additional percussion. We “rock the house” with rousing a capella numbers, and harmonize in smaller groups.
A Mother Folker concert will feature a few songs with everyone on stage; most of the show is a dynamic and evolving combination of performers and musical styles. Suitable for all ages, there is truly something for everyone in shows that bring audiences to their feet. Superb musicianship, tight vocal harmonies, humor, and powerful original songs make for an evening of complete entertainment.
The Mother Folkers (“MoFos”) began in 1973, when several women musicians realized they all had followings, and that by combining to perform a show, they might be able to have fun playing music to larger audiences. The group changed in the early years as people moved to Nashville, New York City, rural Indiana, and elsewhere. Band members live along the Front Range of Colorado, from Denver, to Nederland, to north of Fort Collins.
After 25 years of presenting unique concerts each spring, the “'Fos” voted for a two-year sabbatical. It turned into a decade, while families were raised, bills were paid, and other music made. The MoFos reunited in 2010 and 2012 to help two of their own with benefit concerts, picking up right where they left off.
The Mother Folkers have a unique system of organization which has allowed the band to survive for over four decades! Playing and singing in the band altered the members as musicians and people, and inspired audiences. The magic, accomplishment, and impact of the band will be captured here.