You'll find her at the end of the bar, mixing up a dark folk-rock espresso with a shot of bluegrass and a hint of jazz. Her smoldering alto and guitar combine to create an intimate and varied show that often includes works by other Vermont songwriters. She has performed throughout New England at coffeehouses, bars, events, festivals, and weddings.
She performs solo, with her rocked up trio the Rebecca Padula Band, as part of the roots music duo The Chalk Cats with multi-instrumentalist Rik Palieri, with Ukulele player and partner Clare Innes as Nightbird Calling and with Gary Dulabaum as PaDulabaum. Rebecca sings lead and harmony vocals, plays guitars, ukulele, mandolin, shakers and percussion, occasional harmonica, and train whistle.
She holds a double degree in music and journalism from St. Michael's College. She has penned more than 40 original songs and released 3 independent albums: "Fire & Water" (2008), "Time, Speed & Distance" (2003), and "Waterfront" (1997).
She has written for a number of New England print publications, is a documentary filmmaker, and an advocate for media literacy and free speech. Since January 2004, she has been producer/director of The Instant Coffeehouse, a monthly public access TV program that showcases contemporary singer-songwriters. Her film, "Margaret's Waltz" about Vermont's first lady of folk, Margaret MacArthur, was named Best Documentary Event of 2007 by the Northeast Regional Alliance for Community Media.
She studied classical vocal techniques and jazz, before finding her way to folk music through contemporary artists like Patty Larkin, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams.
She has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Patty Larkin, Sally Taylor, Vance Gilbert, Rachel Bissex, Rod McDonald, Gregory Douglass, and Jim’s Big Ego. She was a founding member of the Burlington, VT songwriter’s Co-Operative (1999), a finalist in the Solar Fest songwriter’s competition (2000)and an alternate (2004), a finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project’s road songs contest (2004), winner of the Vermont Peace Song contest (2007), and White Light Fund Scholarship recipient (2007).
Duo project with multi-instrumentalist Gary Dulabaum. This fun project that has me playing mostly my red electric guitar on jazz tunes, country twangers, gospel, rock and fun stuff for all ages. Check the calendar for tour dates, and the PaDulabaum page for all the details.
THE CHALK CATS
We play music from the deep well of American music that spans the gap from traditional ballads, blues and cowboy songs to the folk revival of Guthrie and Seeger and back to our own roots based originals. The Chalk Cat is a hobo sign and duo comprised of Rebecca Padula and Rik Palieri.
Rik Palieri or "Totem Pole" as his hobo pals call him, lives the life of a modern day minstrel. With The Cats, he plays mostly banjo, guitar, uke and native American flute, but Rik plays a host of other instruments and always has a surprise and a good story up his sleeve.
Legendary folk singer U.Utah Phillips once wrote, "Rik has more time and miles on him than a prospector's mule." He has toured around the world from England and Germany to Australia and Argentina and in the U.S. has performed at The Country Music Hall of Fame, Champlain Valley Folk Festival, The Kennedy Center, Blue Bird Cafe, The Bitter End and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Rik is author of the book “The Road Is My Mistress: Tales of a Roustabout Songster”. In 2009, his TV program The Song Writer’s Notebook was archived in the Rik Palieri Collection by The Library of Congress. Rik has eight CDs and was recently featured on the Grammy nominated double album, “Singing Through The Hard Times: a tribute to Utah Phillips”. Check him out on the web at www.banjo.net
New duo project exploring the country and bluegrass edge of Americana roots with great harmonies and ukes, along with banjo, guitar, harmonica and percussion. We just had our debut show in Winter of 2015, so look for more from us soon.