Sally Vee is an award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in the Flint Hills of Kansas who draws inspiration mostly from nature and her favorite authors and poets. She performs regularly in northern Kansas and surrounding areas as a solo artist (vocal and guitar) and with her band “Sally and The Hurts”. With a degree in music performance, she has been afforded many opportunities to play in various ensembles including Mannheim Steamroller, Cirque du Soleil, countless musicals and operas, The Konza Wind Quintet, and The Salina Symphony. Sally taught secondary music education in Kansas public schools for a number of years and continues to offer private lessons to students of all ages.
She attends the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS where several of her songs have been chosen as category winners in the WVF New Songs Showcase competition. She has performed on several main stages and campground stages including the famous “Songwriter’s Stage 11” both as a solo act as well as with her band and mountain dulcimer artist Bing Futch. During the festival, she plays Master of Ceremony to a full evening of performances called “Thursday Night Under The Lights” which features fifteen to twenty bands under a canopy of festive lights that is hosted by her camp mates. This all-acoustic evening of performances draws thousands of roving listeners through the camp and gives campground bands a place to shine.
Sally has also performed Private Showcases at Folk Alliance International the past several years in Kansas City, Montreal, and New Orleans and has received compliments from music industry legends Tom Paxton, Connie Kaldor, Rich Warren, and others.
Released on May 27th 2020, her band’s self-produced debut album “Wild Life” houses fifteen original songs written by Sally including feature tracks “Wild Life”, “His Name Was Jody”, and “In the Grave”. Sally is currently writing material to be included on the band’s second album with plans to begin recording in late spring of 2023.
Sally is also currently working as an Artist-in-Residence with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp on her latest project: a full-length album of songs based on trips to Lee Tartt Nature Preserve/Chakchiuma Swamp in Grenada, Mississippi. All proceeds from sales of the album will be donated to the FOCS nonprofit to help fund educational programs, boardwalk/trail signage repairs, and other miscellaneous needs of the nature preserve.
Recording for the album is underway and will be completed by December 2022 with an album release date set for April 2023 in conjunction with the Opening Ceremony of the Westside Trail and Spring Wings event. The album will feature thirteen original songs some of which include ambient sounds recorded on location at Lee Tartt Nature Preserve.
When she is not performing or writing music, Sally spends time leather working, painting and sketching, and making sculptures using objects found in nature.
Public performances will include a minimum of one hour but no more than two hours of music performance and storytelling by Sally Vee as a solo musician/guitarist.
*Her catalogue of original songs will be accompanied by storytelling and light-hearted audience banter. Sally draws inspiration from many avenues, but is mainly inspired by nature and the seasons, especially the quiet of winter. She is also inspired by her favorite authors and poets. Her songs focus on themes of universal peace, spending time outdoors, and character storytelling.
*Sally’s full band trio “Sally and The Hurts” is also available for performances at a higher fee.
If the travel time is greater than two hours round trip from a band member’s home, an additional $15 per hour of drive time will be added for each band member affected to compensate for fuel overhead costs and travel time invested.
In the case that the round trip travel time is four hours or more, overnight accommodations will also be required for each band member. One hotel room with two full/queen size beds will be adequate. A hotel with continental breakfast is preferred.
Educational activities may include an Artist Talk (one hour) in which Sally will discuss her inspiration, songwriting process, and arrangement/chord progressions of songs. Questions from the audience are welcomed and highly encouraged.
Songwriting workshops (from one to three hours) are available for ages 12+: minimum participants 4, maximum participants 12. Although it is not required, participants in the songwriting workshop should have a basic/intermediate skill level on an instrument (such as guitar, ukulele, etc.) to be able to accompany themselves. Participants should bring their instrument, a notebook, pencil/pen, and an original song that is a rough work in progress.
Community activities include (as time permits) Story Time with Sally: a 15-20 minute reading of a children’s book either at your public library or in a space close to the performance venue/festival area.
Story Time with Sally does not charge an additional fee. If it is possible to include this activity during the length of stay, it will be offered free of charge.
His Name Was Jody