She is co-owner of a music and film production company, a singer-songwriter-musician, plays several instruments and is a talented illustrator and painter. What might be more amazing, is how relaxed she is about it all.
Fox on a Hill, the music and film production company Fawcett created with Petoskey resident Patrick Schaller, is now two years old. She got the idea for the company when she was in Venezuela working as a botanical illustrator.
When I was down there, I had a lot of time to think, Fawcett says. I was playing music and studying and thinking about Michigan and my involvement with the Earthwork Music Collective. I really wanted to come back and pour a lot of energy and whatever skills I have and try to apply them to this community.
Earthwork Music is a loosely grouped roster of young, talented Michigan folk musicians, including Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Steppin In It, Breathe Owl Breathe and about a dozen others. Fox on a Hills mission is to handle production, promotion, distribution and allow the musicians to concentrate on their creations.
We saw there was a need, Fawcett says. We share a lot of the same goals. Fox on a Hill is an effort to centralize knowledge and to also create a network for sharing bookings and gigs.
To date, Fox on a Hill has been involved with the production of 23 recordings. Its packaging and artwork is always top-notch and eco-friendly and often features Fawcetts designs and/or her detailed drawings.
Fox on a Hills biggest seller so far is Greg Browns Yellow Dog, a live recording of a benefit concert for the Yellow Dog Watershed, which is a group attempting to stop sulfide mining on the Yellow Dog River in the Upper Peninsula. Fawcetts first experience playing music on stage was when she was 16 and busing tables at Petoskeys City Park Grill. While the other workers would take smoke breaks, Fawcett would practice harmonica in the parking lot. Blues musician Larry Garner, who was playing at the club, heard her and was impressed and asked her to sit in. Fawcett held her own and began playing with a host of other bands while working at CPG. It was an education in how to improvise musically. I was always playing songs I didnt know with people I hadnt met, Fawcett says.
Fawcett now plays with somebody, somewhere every weekend, whether it be on the fiddle, harmonica, quatro or bowed-saw. She is a member of the Earthwork/Fox on a Hill experimental rock band Airborn or Aquatic? and will be touring Michigan with singer-songwriter Michael Beauchamp in November and December, including a stop at Shorts Brewery in Bellaire on November 21.
All of this begs the question, how does she manage to keep up with it all?
Its hard to say. I dont have a lot of idle time, Fawcett says. I play as much music as I can, maintain relationships with people all over who are working on different things and try to stay in touch with whats going on.
On November 8, Fox on a Hill and Earthwork Music present Roots on the River at Manistees Historic Ramsdell Theatre. It will include Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Bates and Foote and many more. For a complete list for this concert and all else, check out their ultra cool web site at www.foxonahill.com.