Helena's In Austin... and How She Got There

Helena039s In Austin and How She Got There

Photo by Tom Schultz

So, first...


13 FAVORITE SONGS from the BUTTERFLY SKY touring years featuring Helena Nash & Greg Greer. A beautifully produced Folk & Roots album with layered harmonies and instrumentation. Songs like Helena's "Mama Paris" and "Wandering Seed (Where Is My Home?)" and Greg's "Unquenchable Rain" and "Can't Get Out of My Own Way" will have you dancing with your feet and feeling it deep down in your soul.

Little did Helena know she'd find herself with a TEXAS ADDRESS that's not attached to wheels! (After five years of touring and living mostly on the road.)

An AUSTIN SHOW to announce... Helena will be joining a funky pseudo-gospel ensemble with rockin' harmonies for a show at Lambert's on Friday, September 5 at 11:30pm. (401 W 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701 at 2nd & Guadalupe) $5 Cover

A BRIEF RECAP of RECORDING THE NEW ALBUM, TOURING and more, going back to late 2006:

November 2006

  • Began recording "Painting A Moving Train album with Greg Greer in Canada at Leopard Frog Studio with Co-producer/Engineer Chris Coleman.

June 2007

  • Musical collaboration and full-time touring with Joe Jencks begins at Kerrville Folk Festival.

July 2007

  • Sang with Joe Jencks on main stage at Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase in Upstate New York.

September 2007

  • Helena sings last tour date as BUTTERFLY SKY with Greg Greer in Sublette, Illinois.

Fall 2007

  • Back in the studio in Canada to finish "Painting A Moving Train."

January 2008

  • Recorded harmonies on Pat Wictor's album "Sunset Waltz" in Philadelphia.

February 2008

  • Released studio album "Painting A Moving Train" featuring Helena Nash & Greg Greer.
  • Canada tour Joe Jencks & Helena Nash nee The New Chautauqua Ramblers with cellist Karen Michelle Bergmann.
  • Attended Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.

May & June 2008

  • Joined Joe Jencks for New Folk Songwriting Contest at Kerrville Folk Festival.
  • Sang harmonies on Kerrville Folk Festival main stage with Pat Wictor.

June 2008 - Present

  • Moved to Austin. (And presently showering with a Spongebob Squarepants shower curtain. ?!!? The move involves a six-year-old, Sierra, and her dad, Kellyjames McQuain.)
  • On touring hiatus with Joe Jencks until January 2009 shows.
  • Woodshedding on guitar.
  • Other collaborations in the works.

Sending out loads of love and gratitude to all of you who have journeyed with me these years, as the pages keep turning and the eye keeps opening to new moments. Sitting on the lotus... blinking of an eye.

In gratitude and harmony,

updated: 6 months ago