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Tim Angsten

Tim AngstenTim has had remarkable success with his live performance career around Wisconsin and beyond, and has produced five of his own band albums, playing many of the instruments, singing, recording, and writing the songs. This is his debut solo release, and we're proud to offer it here in our independent "Friends" catalog. Tim has also sung background vocals on the last four of Mare's albums, and he and his bass prodigy brother, Tom (co-member with Tim of the bands American Pie, Green Flash Society, and Hello Hello) were students of Kenn Fox for many years.

Tim Angsten - Driven to DriveTim Angsten
Driven to Drive

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Simon Stokes

Simon StokesVenerable underground psych-garage master Simon Stokes first appeared with Spiritone as the sillouette on the cover of the latest Wisconsin Collections release, One on One (2003). His track "Truth is Stranger than Fiction," though actually a poignant love song, defined the tone of the entire recording, which was released in the early stages of the Iraq war. His connection to Spiritone and Wisconsin came via his close association with Todd Westover of Toothpick Elbow.

MySpace MusicOne On One

Simon Stokes - HeadSimon Stokes

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Other Friends & Partners

Paramount Guitars
Paramount Guitars

Fine guitars by some of the world's best luthiers, available through Kenn Fox. Paramount's detailed web site contains photo galleries of inventory items plus soundbites. Instruments can be shipped anywhere in the world, and custom orders from Paramount's fine luthier partners are welcome.

Hartland Music
Hartland Music 

Music Instruction at one of the nation's largest conservatories, and a full-service music, piano and instrument store and coffeehouse all rolled into one beautiful facility. This convenient location is one opportunity for private guitar instruction by Kenn Fox and private piano, voice and guitar instruction by Mare Edstrom.

Jack Grassel
Jack Grassel

Jack, a jazz guitarist, composer, author, performer and teacher, was voted Best Guitarist of 2007 by both the Shepherd Express and the WAMI awards and was featured on the three original Wisconsin Collections CDs. Grassel's web site describes his passion for music from an early age and the jazz seminars he offers today. He currently teaches our home-grown Spiritone artist and guitar prodigy Andrew Edstrom. Jack and Kenn are collaborating on an album slated for release in 2008.

Official Web siteMySpace MusicBeyond WordsWay Beyond WordsWords

Don Conoscenti
Don Conoscenti

Don is a long-standing icon in the singer/songwriter scene and appears on the Wisconsin Collections with his unique and impressive guitar style and expressive voice. He graciously contributed his song "Mysterious Light" to Mare's fourth CD, Keys to the Castle.

Way Beyond WordsWordsOne On One

Tracy Jane Comer
Tracy Jane Comer

Tracy Jane has appeared on many Spiritone Recordings as an instrumentalist and vocalist and as a solo performer on the Wisconsin Collections CDs. Her site contains more details about her internationally successful solo career as a Madison-based singer songwriter.

Official Web siteWordsOne On One

Axis Recording
Axis Recording

Pro recording studio in Milwaukee, owned and operated by Vinny Millevolte, where much of the work on Spiritone releases has been done. Vinny was nominated for Producer of the Year in the 2007 WAMI awards.

Mcilroy Guitars

McIlroy acoustic guitars are handmade by Dermot McIlroy and a small team of luthiers in N. Ireland. See more about Mcilroy Guitars on YOUTUBE
Sales available through Paramount Guitars.

Northwood Guitars
(British Columbia, Canada)

John McQuarrie, President of Northwood Guitars, says: "By combining the finest of tonewoods, an intelligent design, and the most stringent attention to detail, inside and out, I can ensure that a Northwood guitar not only looks and sounds beautiful, but performs beautifully as well."
Sales available through Paramount Guitars.

Beneteau Guitars
(Ontario, Canada)

Chosen by North American Fingerstyle Champion Don Ross, world renowned Celtic guitarist Tony McManus, plus top players Craig D'Andrea, David Gillis, Paul Asbell, Del Vezeau, and Ray Montford, Beneteau guitars have long enjoyed a reputation for the highest standards of workmanship and tonal excellence.
Sales available through Paramount Guitars.


The Pub
The Pub

114 N Main St, Oconomowoc.
(262) 567-8850

Café Carpe
Cafe Carpe

18 South Water Street West, Fort Atkinson
(920) 563-9391

CATHE Center
Cathe Center

125 E. State St., Burlington, WI
(Located in the old United Methodist church)
(262) 767-9661

The Wisconsin Historical Museum
Wisconsin Historical Museum

816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706
(608) 264-6555 

Tribeca Gallery Cafe & Books

401 E. Main St, Watertown WI 53094
(920) 206-2885

Marti Music Festival
Marti Music Festival

N6678 Cty Rd F
Oconomowoc  WI 5306

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield WI 53045
(262) 781-9470


Paramount Guitars