A true musical alchemist, Mindy Dillard transforms the ineffable into healing stories...!
Mindy Dillard is an adventurer and an award-winning singer/songwriter. She plays clawhammer banjo and rhythm guitar, often in alternate tunings to accompany her raw, electric and crystal-clear voice. Her music pulsates with funky rhythmic grooves and sparkles with heartfelt storytelling. Mindy is a mythological scholar and has performed her one-woman folk-rock opera based on Grimm's fairytales and the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estes internationally. In June 2015 she won the Susanne Millsaps performing songwriter competition in Salt Lake City, Utah (which is also her hometown). She opened for folk icon John Gorka at the 2015 Utah Arts Festival.
Mindy's musical influences include Joni Mitchell, Dar Williams, Cosy Sheridan, Stephen Sondheim and jazz luminary Ella Fitzgerald. A genre hopper, Mindy's sound holds shades of old-time Appalachia, contemporary folk, gospel, musical theatre and rhythm and blues. Through her music she seeks to transform the ordinary into the magical and poison into medicine.
You Are Not Alone Mindy Dillard
Mindy's recently released her second full-length feature album, How to Survive a Poison Apple, a folk rock song cycle and the soundtrack for her revisionist fairy tale one-woman show, which explores her journey to finding her own voice and healthy body image. She's performed her show at festivals, conferences and eating disorder treatment centers since 2011, including the Santa Cruz and Vancouver (BC) fringe festivals, and the iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals) symposium.
PRAISE FOR MINDY DILLARD:
"If Mindy Dillard keeps doing what she's doing now, you are going to hear about her music. And you will be glad you did."
-- John Gorka, Folk Icon
"Mindy is breath of fresh air on stage! Graceful and poised with lyrics that cut straight to the heart. She will make you laugh and cry and you'll leave her performance with a genuine smile and feeling of goodness."
-- Ruthie Naccarato, Ricochet House Concerts,
Salt Lake City, UT
"Mindy Dillard is on fire! Her one-woman show How to Survive a Poison Apple is a blend of rare insight tempered by whimsy -- the show feeds you in unexpected and profound
ways. Meanwhile her burgeoning singer/songwriter career is captivating audiences and winning awards. Her secret weapon is a musical theater background which underpins a fearless and powerful performance."
-- Lisa Lepine, Creative Consultant, Portland, OR
"Mindy Dillard's music resonates with truth and heart and rockstar power!"
-- Art Yoga Cat, Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, CA