IRTHLINGZ
Sharon Abreu & Michael Hurwicz
         (Ah-bray’oo)                 (Her’-wich)

Sharon Abreu was singing harmony by the age of three. When she got a little older, she was a soloist for the Puccini Heroines lecture series at Marymount Manhattan College and sang in master classes with Metropolitan Opera soprano Licia Albanese. Sharon performed as “Waffle from Belgium” in the improv comedy vocal quintet Whatever4 at the New York Buskers Fare and the Streets Ahead Festival in England. She sang in the jazz-pop vocal trio InAccord and the Opera Enterprise children’s opera company. She also played and sang in folk and folk rock groups and has recorded as a backup singer and fiddle player for several folk artists.

Michael Hurwicz always sang. When he was six, he heard Pete Seeger's "American Industrial Ballads" playing in a record store and did childish things until his mother bought it for him. He played bass and sang with The Orotund Singers and The Blue Kazoo folk groups. In Minneapolis, where he grew up, Michael started a wildly successful singing telegram company, Quackygrams. For the first time in his life, he was supporting himself with his music, although dressed as a duck.
Sharon and Michael met at the People's Voice coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Sharon started backing Michael up on vocals, fiddle, guitar, and making funny faces. Michael started backing Sharon up on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and carrying her stuff around. Later on he added bass fiddle so that she would have to carry her own stuff.

The duo’s energetic acoustic music includes traditional, contemporary and original tunes. Greenwich Village musical legend Jake Jacobs (Jake and the Family Jewels) has compared the blend of their voices to the 60s folk duo Ian & Sylvia.

Sharon and Michael have appeared with legendary folk singer Pete Seeger in concerts to benefit the Ships to Save the Waters conference, the Delaware Bay Schooner Project and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s New Boat Fund.

Notable performances include:

  • World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, United Nations, New York, NY
  • Northwest Folk Life Festival, Seattle, WA
  • September 11 Memorial Concert, Cambridge, MA
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concerts, Boston, MA, Mt. Vernon, WA
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Coffeehouses including Main Street Café, Homestead, FL; Fogartyville Café, Bradenton, FL; Avogadro’s Number, Ft. Collins, CO; Sacred Grounds, San Francisco, CA, People’s Voice Cafe, New York, NY

Radio appearances include:

  • WFUV (Woody's Children), WJFF (Ballads & Banjos), WBAI (Wakeup Call), New York
  • WFDU (Traditions), New Jersey
  • WLRN (Folk Music), Miami
  • WGLT (Acousticity), Illinois
  • KUNI (Live from Studio One), Iowa
  • KMUD (Women on Wednesday), California
  • KSVR (Speak Up, Speak Out), Washington State
  • KSER (The Power of Peace), Washington State

For Bookings Contact:

Sharon Abreu                                                                                  
P.O. Box 969, Eastsound, WA 98245
Phone: (360) 376-5773
Email:
Web: www.irthlingz.com