Ginger Bones returns to The Cabin

Young folk singer brings audience together with her music once again


Photo by Hannah Pitzl

The 22-year-old said her family has been very supportive of her love for music and decision to leave UW-Eau Claire after attending for one year in 2012. However, Eau Claire has always held a special place in LeGare’s heart, she said.
Ginger Bones’ relaxed persona returned to The Cabin on Saturday, using music to engage the audience on a much more personal level.

“I kind of just want to be a ‘vessel’ for them to explore their own lives,” Abby LeGare, whose stage name is Ginger Bones, said.

LeGare entertained a crowd of about 50 with her folk-style music, even making the audience members play ice-breaker games in between songs.

Audience member Sophia Thoen said LeGare’s personality and stage presence are what make her stand out.

“She seems very genuine, very real, and just very easy to talk to,” Thoen said.

Nick Lanser, Joe Hunt and Caitlin McGarvey were three others who sang following LeGare’s performance at The Cabin.

LeGare said she is constantly working on developing her own personal style and working alongside other artists helps her do just that.

She said she pulls inspiration from other sources of talent that surround her.

“They’re showing me how to make things more diverse and more memorable,” she said.

LeGare began singing quietly in her basement only two years ago, and began performing just six months after realizing she had a talent, she said.

Although LeGare is uncertain of the level of stardom her music will attain, she said she writes and performs purely for the enjoyment of living out her passion.

“When I get totally lost in a song, that’s the best thing,” LeGare said.

“To keep coming back here and still discovering things about this place, it’s pretty interesting and really cool,” LeGare said.

One of her songs, entitled “Quiet Hours,” was written particularly for her fellow Eau Claire folk, she said. The song supplements her soft, gravelly voice and precise strums of her guitar.

Audience member Gabby LeBouton was impressed with LeGare’s performance.

“She seems very confident in what she’s doing,” LeBouton said. “She doesn’t have to rely on the guitar. She is able to use it to compliment her voice. I just really like the style of music that’s playing. It’s not ‘pop-y,’ it’s very real.”

LeGare is learning how to have a more fun and carefree relationship with her music, she said. Currently, she is writing a song about her mother and recording her EP album. Most importantly, LeGare said, she is learning more about herself as a person.

Being such a young artist, LeGare doesn’t believe she has enough knowledge to offer advice to young aspiring artists such as herself, but there is one piece of advice the modest folk singer had to share: “Keep doing it because you love it and have fun.”