Funkyfreddy – Singer-Songwriter
Frederick Reed aka Funkyfreddy is a gifted songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a melodic style that mixes folk, rock, and Americana with a hint of ambient pop. His slide guitar and unique ambient guitar styling have dazzled audiences throughout New England. His voice and songwriting are reminiscent of artists such as Neil Young, Elliott Smith, Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd. Fred is also well known as the guitarist for Neighbors + Allies, one of David Bowie’s favorite NY bands.
Fred has composed and performed music for Wall Street Journal TV, PBS, Time Warner, Sesame Street, and Strange Universe. He composed the soundtrack for “Borders” with Steve Buscemi and the Emmy award-winning documentary “Metaphoria”. Fred’s song “My Secret Life” was featured on the NPR show “Echoes” by John Diliberto. Artists Fred has collaborated with include Jeff Buckley, Deee-Lite, Susan McKeown, Gary Lucas, Pete Shelly (the Buzzcocks), and Hamell On Trail. Fred co-wrote and played on many tracks of “Fused” by Richard Khuzami, which features many luminaries of world music. Fred wrote and performed a novelty song, “Ozark Melody” with Jeff Buckley, which was featured in Rolling Stone magazine.
In addition to his solo work, Fred performs with Broadway performer and singer-songwriter Tamra Hayden, as the band August Moons. They bring their diverse musical backgrounds together to create a unique sound featuring guitar, viola, and vocals. Their collaborations can be heard on Fred’s latest album, Songs from the North Country, and additional recordings are planned for 2012. Fred has recorded two albums, Ghosts of Another America, and the newly released Songs from the North Country. A fine sense of ambience, space, and musicianship underlie insightful lyrics. Both albums are available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.
Fred is available for bookings as a solo performer, or with Tamra Hayden as August Moons, at venues, house concerts, and private parties around the East Coast and on a limited basis in select other areas.