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About Willowfair

Aurora, IL

If the moon needed to howl, where would he turn?

If the darkest hour of night gets depressed, where can he hide?

Willowfair is a reunion to the orphan, a fire to the freezing, and justice to the villain. It’s when the shoulder cries on you. It’s when the casket is overflowing with flowers. It’s where beauty and pain meet up in a love/hate embrace.

Piano joins up with a cello and violin, forming a sound of massive strength while simultaneously handing the listener a tissue. Vocals of a growling male lead meet the tenderness of a sweet angelic support, standing better together than they ever could alone.

Willowfair is a mixture of joy and suffering, so it makes sense that families are at the center. Husband and wife co-creators Ryan and Mandy Bibza started the project in 2004 with a beautiful piano they received as a wedding present. Joining them 2 years later were twin sisters Priscilla Dean (cello) and Joy Deen (violin). The four of them, joined by a rhythm section including Mandy’s brothers Benjie and Daniel Hughes, went into Backthird Audio in Aurora, IL to record their debut album “The Lie Within” which is set for National Release in 2009 and is available for purchase at

“The Lie Within sets up its own atmosphere and marks off its own space with a delicate and intricate sound.” -Bob Felberg, Phantom Tollbooth

As a foursome they have toured throughout the Midwest, from ‘The House Café’ in Dekalb, IL up to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Willowfair's live performances are captivating, immediately commanding the attention of any room. They are influenced by artists such as Sigur Ros, Over the Rhine and Radiohead.

“This is dark, fragile, grand, beautiful stuff.” -Andre Salles, Beacon News

Willowfair will haunt you to sleep and kiss you goodnight.



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