6 On The Square will present singer-songwriter Tret Fure at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Her musical career spans four decades and 13 albums, of which six are on her own label, Tomboy girl Records. She was also one of the first woman sound engineers, she’s produced a variety of other artists, and has received awards for her contributions to Women’s Music. If that’s not enough, she has produced her own clothing line and recipe book, she co-chairs The New Harvest Foundation, and she’s union president of Local 1000.
Fure (pronounced “fury”) began her professional work at the age of 16, singing in Midwestern coffeehouses and campuses, moving to Berkeley where, after performing weekly on the UC Berkeley campus, she discovered that “music was her life,” according to a media release.
At 19, Fure moved to Los Angeles, and within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap.” She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco and the J Geils Band.
While recording her second album, Fure became interested in sound engineering. She has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work. In the early 1980s, Fure left the mainstream music industry and discovered the blossoming genre known as women’s music.
In 2004, Fure re-established herself in the folk world, winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in two out of three categories. He last CD, “The Horizon,” finished in the top 20 CDs for 2011 in the Outvoice Charts. Her new release is “A Piece of the Sky.”
Purchase tickets online at the discounted price of $18 (plus $2 service charge) until the date of the show, or $20 at the door. Ticket price for students, up to age 18, are always $2; call 843-6876 to make a student reservation. Doors open one hour before show time.
Upcoming is the 6OTS Anniversary Show with Vance Gilbert at 7:30 p.m. June 29, where drawing for the annual 6OTS’ 50/50 raffle will be held. Raffle tickets are $10 each and there are only 200 tickets printed. Tickets may be purchased from any 6OTS Board member, or at the 6OTS shows. Visit the website at www.6onthesquare.org for tickets and future event information.
6OTS is at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford.