Q&A with Noah Cecil of Winchester Holiday

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We have been so lucky to have some amazing performers come to the Lagoon stage this 2016 season. Fortunately, we shall continue this trend with Winchester Holiday on Wednesday, July 20.

This Indie Folk/Rock band is comprised of two sets of brothers and one “wild child” who all grew up in the same neighborhood. With members currently residing in both Boulder and Fort Collins, the group embodies an eclectic passion for music found only on Colorado’s Front Range.

We had the opportunity to ask Noah Cecil of Winchester Holiday a few questions prior to their performance. To learn more about the band and their unique sound and upbringing, check out the following interview:

Do you believe growing up in the same neighborhood and sharing those fundamental experiences with one another has influences your music today? If so, how?
Sure, growing up in the same town, going to the same elementary, junior high, and high schools played a significant role in how we relate to each other and our peers. Our music, like most narrative, folk, or progressive pop music, arises directly from those sorts of shared life experiences.

How did you all come up with the name ‘Winchester Holiday’? What does it mean to the band?
We liked the western tone and broad-ranging implications. It means different things to each of us, but it mostly just fits our Western aesthetic and love of holidays.

How is the Colorado music scene conducive to bands on the rise? What makes Colorado special as a musician?
The music scene in Colorado is generally very supportive. There is also a financial and community commitment to mid-level bands – folks show up, venues exist and open their doors, people share music of local acts. It’s much more collaborative than combative.

As a band comprised of siblings, has there ever been times where you all were fighting? If so, how do you handle disagreements as performers?
My brother and I have been known to disagree – like children. The Workman brothers, on the other hand, are paragons of peace. Peter is cool as a cucumber and Daniel just swallows all his feelings and never lets them out. Adam, the drummer, is constantly positive, until you cross him, and we never cross him…except Wilson, my brother, he crosses Adam on a regular basis. We handle disagreements by talking about them and taking breaks when necessary. We’re fortunate in that the band is not our sole source of income, so we can step away for a bit and reorient ourselves before diving back into the music-making process.

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you perform before?
A mix between, Wilco, the Band, and a bunch of choir boys with electric instruments.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened on stage?
Adam Federer…our drummer, he is the funniest thing. Alternatively, Wilson’s polyester pants are also funny.

Now that you have a glimpse into the stylings of Winchester Holiday, come out and bring the whole family to the Lagoon next Wednesday. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public – bring a lawn chair, sunscreen and sense of summer fun!

The quintet will be preceded on stage by Little Kid Rock performer, Jaanvi Gurung. Concert goers can also enjoy local food trucks: Sustainable Spoon, Austin Taco, Gunter’s Bavarian Grill, Human Bean Coffee Truck and Ba-Nom-a-Nom.

The Lagoon Summer Concert Series is produced by Mantooth Marketing with thanks to the generous support of Title Sponsors Colorado State University, Kaiser Permanente and Thrivent Financial. Event Sponsors include The City of Fort Collins, DaVinci Signs, New Horizons Travel, Outpost Sunsport, Campus West Shops, Dellenbach Motors; Fort Collins Coloradoan, Rocky Mountain Collegian and Townsquare Media.