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Oskar Saville, the voice of 10,000 Maniacs, in a rare solo gig in The Sugar Club 23/8

OSKAR SAVILLE ( www.maniacs.com & www.oskarsaville.com ) The voice of 10,000 Maniacs - in a rare Irish appearance - Saturday August 23 THE SUGAR CLUB 8 Leeson Street Lower Dublin 2 Ph: 01-6787188 ( www.thesugarclub.com )- Doors 8pm / Adm. €10.00 / €15.00 after 10.00pm. Support: Guggenheim Grotto & Sarah Jane Hudson.

Oskar Saville, a New York-based singer-songwriter, began her career playing London venues with a local band called Seed. After playing in the London circuit for almost a year, Oskar became more enchanted with pursuing her singing career back in The U.S. and decided to return to her hometown of Chicago, where she earned her stripes as a musician the hard way, playing open mikes and teaching herself to play the guitar. In 1998, Oskar joined the Chicago-based band Rubygrass. Subsequently, they were named the best band in Chicago at the Guinness Fleadh music festival, which featured a lineup including artists such as Wilco, The Corrs, John Lee Hooker, and Sinead O'Connor. Rubygrass went on to open up for concerts by groups such as The Corrs, Del Amitri, Collective Soul and 10,000 Maniacs.

After four years of singing with Rubygrass, and playing venues in Chicago and New York, Oskar decided to relocate to New York City to embark on her solo career. She packed up her truck and guitar and headed east where she would soon stake her claim as a powerful solo songwriter and vocalist who win critical acclaim and comparison to the likes of Janis Joplin and Natalie Merchant.

With such promising accolades, it would only seem logical that 10,000 Maniacs would ask her to join their band as the lead singer. While Oskar is in full pursuit of her solo career, her love of collaboration and performing prompted her to accept the exciting opportunity to sing with the band and began touring with them in the Spring of 2003.

Oskar has released her first solo album appropriately titled "A Girl Named Oskar" in January 2003 in the US and will be out in Ireland in February 2004.
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10,000 Maniacs
Jamestown, NY
June 2003

After two years of rest and reflection following the death of founding member Robert Buck in December 2000, 10,000 Maniacs are back. With a new lead singer in the fold and a greatest hits package tentatively set to hit stores in September, we have returned to performing the songs that made us one of America's best loved alternative bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

We met Oskar Saville in the summer of 1999 when she was fronting the now-defunct Chicago band Rubygrass. Later that year, on December 31, 1999, we ran into Oskar again when her band played first on a New Year's Eve Millennium Concert at Chicago’s House of Blues with 10,000 Maniacs and Collective Soul. Oskar danced, pranced and screamed her way across the stage that night in a cow-print miniskirt and then showed up back on stage mid-way through Collective Soul's set and dueted with them on a U2 cover song. She was, as the Chicago Tribune said of her a few years ago, "Natalie Merchant meets Janis Joplin." We thought it would be great fun to play with someone who so obviously enjoyed being a rock and roll singer and invited Oskar to rehearsals.

Oskar, who is now based in New York City and maintains a solo singer-songwriter career (see www.oskarsaville.com), accepted the invitation when we called her in October 2002. We also drafted Jeff Erickson to play lead guitar. Jeff was a guitar student of Rob Buck’s throughout the 1990s and was literally the only person around who knew the intricate guitar tunings of hits such as “These Are Days” and “Hey Jack Kerouac.” Rob taught Jeff most of his guitar tricks and he's a natural for the job.

We've been hard at work for the past 8 months. Oskar and Jeff's youthful mix of energy and enthusiasm have reinvigorated us. And we've crafted a high-energy live show with all the hits and a few surprises.

We're thrilled to be back. We hope to see you soon.

-- 10,000 Maniacs -June 2003

 
 
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  Oskar Saville, a New York-based singer-songwriter, began her career playing London venues with a local band called Seed. After playing in the London circuit for almost a year, Oskar became more enchanted with pursuing her singing career back in The U.S. and decided to return to her hometown of Chicago, where she earned her stripes as a musician the hard way, playing open mikes and teaching herself to play the guitar.

In 1998, Oskar joined the Chicago-based band Rubygrass. Subsequently, they were named the best band in Chicago at the Guinness Fleadh music festival, which featured a lineup including artists such as Wilco, The Corrs, John Lee Hooker, and Sinead O'Connor. Rubygrass went on to open up for concerts by groups such as The Corrs, Del Amitri, Collective Soul and 10,000 Maniacs.

After four years of singing with Rubygrass, and playing venues in Chicago and New York, Oskar decided to relocate to New York City to embark on her solo career. She packed up her truck and guitar and headed east where she would soon stake her claim as a powerful solo songwriter and vocalist who win critical acclaim and comparison to the likes of Janis Joplin and Natalie Merchant.

With such promising accolades, it would only seem logical that 10,000 Maniacs would ask her to join their band as the lead singer. While Oskar is in full pursuit of her solo career, her love of collaboration and performing prompted her to accept the exciting opportunity to sing with the band and began touring with them in the Spring of 2003.

Oskar has released her first solo album appropriately titled "A Girl Named Oskar" in January 2003 in the US and will be out in Ireland in August 2003.

 
 
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