Storyteller, singer and songwriter Juni Fisher brings her tales and tunes to the Bret Harte Theater in Angels Camp for a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday. The concert is presented by the Calaveras County Arts Council as part of its Ovations Performing Arts Series.
It’s no surprise that Fisher just finished writing a full-length novel that will soon be published. Stories pour from her like meltwater on a warm spring day. On stage with only her guitar as accompaniment, Fisher spins yarns about the heartbeat of the American West and what she calls the Western vista. Sodbusters, cowboys and cowgirls, sideshow performers and cantina dancers, as well as horses, pigs, chickens and cows all come to life with heartbreak, hope and love, cunning, vice and foolishness in her songs. Her music explores the Western mythology with stories of gold and land rushes and life in the West.
Fisher has deep roots in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where she grew up in a farming family. That fact lends authenticity to her music; she deeply understands rural Western life. She’s an experienced horse trainer, and her long and deep relationship with horses led to her most recent album, “Listen ... to the horse,” which has been featured in the independent film “Out of the Wild,” and has become the official music of the cowboy dressage world.
“I could do three shows back-to-back and do different material in each of them,” Fisher said of her repertoire, which includes seven albums.
“But each show is filled with the lightness and luminosity of humanity that Fisher brings to all her work,” says an arts council release.
“I like to bring a lot of laughter into it, even if it’s serious,” she said of her performances. “I’ll make ’em laugh and make them cry. Laugh, cry and think.”
Tickets for the concert at the theater at 323 Main St. (Highway 49), Angels Camp, are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 18 at calaverasarts.org or by calling 754-1774. If still available Sunday, tickets will be available at the door starting at 2:30 p.m. There will be drawings for artworks at the concert, too.