SONGWRITERS READY TO TURN BIG PINK RED
Wild Virginia Ginger all set for one-off gig
From the instant Michelle Beall heard Kate Stedelbauer sing, she was thunderstruck.
It was two years ago at Victorian Station tea house and bistro in Hampton, and Bell was immediately impressed with the songwriting talent of a young woman just out of her teens. From the start, she had the idea they had to play together.
“First time I heard them, I knew I would so much love to see her songs and my songs next to each other,” Beall said, the enthusiasm still obvious in her voice. “I wanted to demonstrate the dichotomy between her songwriting — an extremely talented young girl — with my songs at age 54. My songs speak to what I did to my life, blowing it apart and making some bad choices. Kate’s songs were about being 19 and 20, hoping to find the love of her life — lovely, beautiful, youthful songs.
“It’s the truth of what life is — growing older, having all these experiences you cannot escape, the scares and battles of adulthood if you’re going to be an artist and live your life.”
The idea that first struck her two years ago will come to fruition Wednesday night at the same place where Beall first heard Stedelbauer sing — at the venue in Phoebus colloquially known as Big Pink, because of the venue’s color.
They will be joined by 26-year-old Megan
From left, Megan Buhmann, Michelle Beall and Kate Stedelbauer will perform on Wednesday as Wild Virginia Ginger.