Once you hear one of Spirit Wing’s impassioned performances you will not soon forget their intense respect for their people and the history of Native Americans or that they have become one of the most popular Native American acts in the Middle Atlantic States.
Spirit Wing’s performers are: Barbara Gregg Andrews-Christy; vocals, flutes, percussion, Barry Lee; vocals, guitar, Chris Hawley; bass, percussion and Doug Penglase, percussion.
Spirit Wing was a finalist for a Native American Music Award in both 2006 and 2007.
Since the year 2000, Spirit Wing has appeared at many Native American Festivals within Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. They are also a popular feature at Coffeehouses and Folk and Acoustic music festivals .
A small sample of their prior appearances include; Bethlehem Musikfest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Nassau Community College Folk Festival, Delmarva Folk Festival, Two Moon’s Memorial Powwow, Southeastern Cherokee Powwow, Forksville Folk Festival, Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival, Penn’s Landing, Hickory Fest, etc.
Their music comes from a strong folk/acoustic music tradition along with traditional Native songs that date back hundreds of years. All four members of Spirit Wing have performed in various types of bands and ensembles that feature Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, and Country music.
Our most popular performance is our stage show that features contemporary Native American Folk Music. The show features harmony vocals, the soothing warm sound of the Native American flute, driving acoustic or electric guitar, and bass. The songs are mostly original compositions with some cover material that fits well within our genre. Interlaced with this is stories about the songs and people that can be either humorous or heart wrenching.
At many festivals Spirit Wing has been asked to perform for the children and we love singing and telling stories to the “little ones.” Many of these stories are hundreds of years old but told in a style that children today can relate to. The lessons, however, are intact and timeless. Stories of respect, tolerance, bravery and truthfulness are all part this show.