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Sister Spit Northampton!

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Sister Spit Northampton,Volume 2:

 Full Throttle

Mark your calendars ladies, gents and folks who defy gender. The next Sister Spit Northampton event is heading your way! September 8th, 8pm-midnight, 21+, $5 at Harry's, corner of Pearl and Pleasant Streets

Featuring Ember Swift and Mary Ann Farley, with other special guests and spanky surprises. It's fabulous, feminist fun! To join the mailing list, click here.

We here at Sister Spit believe that the healthiest way to live is with an open mind, and that one of the best ways to open your mind, is to listen to the voices of people who are other-than-you in some way. We believe in variety, diversity, compassion. Toward that goal, we mix up our lineups as much as possible.

Sister Spit Northampton Volume 2 will bring to the stage:

a straight woman, some queer women, a couple of lesbians and a couple of men; a woman in her fifties, a woman in her forties, a woman in her thirties, and some women even younger than that; an African-American; a Haitian-American; a couple of white girls and some Canadians; a divorcee, a recovering addict, a Christian, and a metaphysician or two; a vegetarian, some vegans, an MFA candidate, a college dropout; a painter, some poets, a writer, some singers and a Grammy-award nominated songwriter; some activists, some survivors, a fiddler, a playwright, and a woman who comes from New Jersey.

We hope you'll join us and bring your own special thing to the mix.

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Who are these Sisters?

Ember Swift's band (including bassist/electric violinist Lyndell Montgomery) is a style-merging, genre-hopping trio that produces truly unique combinations of songwriting in the midst of multi-instrumentalist talent.Insightful political observations and truths are framed by folk, jazz, funk, punk, middle-eastern, spanish, latin, and pop, with classical and reggae undertones.

Ember's ardent and loyal fan following grows internationally with every gig.And now that Fleming & Associates (the same agency that books Ani DiFranco,Melissa Ferrick, and others) is on the case, Ember's music career is skyrocketing. Okay, maybe jetpacking (as is often the case with indies).Ember Swift has been buzzing for a while, but that buzz was certainly fuelled by her appearance in the international talk show Open Mike with Mike
Bullard (January 16th).

Among other recent honours, Ember was voted Toronto's vocalist of the year by the readers of NOW Magazine (2001). She was also selected as one of ten artists to participate in a special concert tribute to Joni Mitchell at the International World Leaders Conference, where Ember's performance received high praise, including a rave review from Ms. Mitchell's official Web site. Recently, Ember Swift was nominated as Outstanding Songwriter at the OUTMusic Awards in New York City. Ember is well known as a committed activist. Her credibility for insightful social commentary was recognized when she was asked by Rosedale MP Bill Graham (now Minister for Foreign Affairs) to submit a brief to the parliamentary commission examining Canada's post-September 11th security

With her jazz-steeped, acoustic-punk stylings and seven recordings under her belt on her own label (Few'll Ignite Sound), Ember continues to solidify her reputation as a truly substantial artist.


Mary Ann Farely is a singer/song writer, and visual artist.
Her first CD, Daddy's Little Girl, was a Critics' Choice pick in Billboard magazine, which in a later cover story deemed her one of New York City's ten best independent acts. Her new CD, My Life of Crime, inspired Yahoo Internet Life Magazine to call her "Hoboken, NJ's most valuable export since Sinatra."





Lenelle N. Moise's art is an open-to-the-public, personal-political investigation of the prophetic-creative potential of the Word. She is New WORLD Theater's Poetry Slam Champion, recipient of the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and a touring member of the Hen Foundation.


Evelyn Harris is a founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble with deep musical roots in the sacred music of the African American church. She performed with the group for 18 years. She currently lives and works in Northampton. She will be gracing the Sister Spit Northampton stage to help us pay tribute to Ferron.

[Photo by Desdemona Burgin]


Naomi Graychase is a freelance writer, poet and advocate for independent art who lives and works mostly in Northampton. She is a Contributing Writer at Girlfriends magazine, and her work has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio, among other places. She is co-founder of Sister Spit Northampton and will be hosting the event and performing spoken word.

What is Sister Spit Northampton?

Our Motto: Got something to say? Spit it out!

Our Unofficial Motto: No mean ladies.

Our Mission Statement: Sister Spit Northampton (SSN) is a collaborative effort initiated by female artists in order to bring about change, enlightenment and joy by creating a safe, positive place where independent feminist singers, poets and other artists can perform or present their art. We are part of a grassroots, do-it-yourself movement which encourages women with something to say to stand up, open wide, and spit it out.

Sister Spit Northampton is committed to promoting feminist, independent art of all kinds. We believe in diversity, opportunity and fair pay for all artists. We are queer-friendly, and we offer our stage to any independent, feminist performer who was, is, or lives as a woman.

Sister Spit Northampton was inspired by the original Sister Spit, which was invented in the mid 1990s in San Francisco by Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson. SSN is born with their blessing. You can find out more about what Sini and the original Sister Spit are up to at

February 28th, 2003
Co-founders: Antara, Naomi Graychase

Who should come?

Everyone! Yes, please. Even though we are a spit for sisters, we cordially invite every person of every gender and every perspective to come and listen and enjoy our performances and the atmosphere we create. That means men are welcome. In fact, we're thrilled to have you. Especially feminst men. There are too few of you in the world, and we want to know you--so come. And bring your feminist friends.

How do I get there?

Harry's is located on Pleasant Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. It's about two hours from Boston, three hours from New York City, and four hours from Portland, ME. To get there, find your way to Interstate 91. Take Exit 18 (either from the North or the South). Turn left off the exit onto Pleasant Street. About one mile down on your right is Harry's (it's attached to City Cafe.) If you get to a major intersection with a traffic light, you've gone too far.

If you're coming from somewhere in town, Harry's is just after the corner of Pearl Street and Pleasant, right next to City Cafe.

How do I get on the mailing list?

To join the mailing list (through Yahoo! groups) click here.

More questions? send Naomi an e-mail at


How can I perform at Sister Spit?

You or your booking agent should contact Naomi directly at

There are three ways to perform at Sister Spit. 1)As a featured act. 2)As the opener for the main featured act. 3) in an unpaid 5-7 minute open mic spot.

All performers must be feminist women. By this we mean that you must either have been born as a woman, or live as a woman now, and you must believe that persons of all genders deserve to be treated equally. We embrace performers who are transgendered and welcome them to our stage, so long as they are feminist. We are a safe space for queer women, although women are welcome regardless of the way in which they express their sexual or romantic desires. Love is love, we say. Sex is sex. Art is art. We don't care who you screw. As long as you are true to yourself and don't take advantage of children or animals--come, join us.

Featured performers are compensated by a percentage of the door charge and by their merch sales. Performers keep 100% of their merch sales. Because our income is determined by door sales, we are unable to make guarantees, but we promote our events heavily and have a loyal following of people who support our events.

For more detailed information about the facilities, the PA, the payment structure, our politics, or anything else, please contact Naomi Graychase via e-mail at

The open mic slots are booked before events and are open to poets, authors, musicians or performance artists. The spots are 5-7 minutes in length and are unpaid, but you are welcome to sell merch at the merch table. If you would like to get booked for an open mic spot, get in touch with Naomi at and tell her who you are and what you're up to.

We look forward to hearing from you.

I'm a member of the press and I'd like more information, an interview or to attend the event. Who should I contact?

To request a press kit, an interview or anything else, contact Naomi at Guest list requests should arrive no later than 24 hours before the event.

I'd like a copy of the video from the first event. How can I get one?

That remains to be seen, but if you send Naomi an e-mail she'll let you know the latest.