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Hello! I'm Debra Penberthy, an American singer-songwriter and pianist who just relocated from Pasadena, CA to North Carolina.  I love rivers and rain, and so does my dog, Matty Willow! My music speaks to the heart and mind.  I take the craft of songwriting seriously, and I put on live shows that are captivating and moving. My debut EP will be out soon, and recently I premiered my solo rock musical called Serious Rabbit, a ten-year labor of love that I wrote, produced, and performed.  Join my mailing list for updates, come out and see a live show, and be on the look out for the release of my EP soon!   I formerly used the stage name Cicada Road, so you will see this name referred to throughout my site.

Performing my musical, Serious Rabbit, in Akron, May 7, 2018

If you're anywhere near Akron, OH on May 7, come out to see Serious Rabbit, my one-woman musical.  

7pm: Doors (appetizers and drinks);  7:30 Stephanie Serna and friends warm up the crowd; 8:00 Serious Rabbit; 9:30 Talk back   9:45  Party with bon fire.    At the lovely Barn at Wolf Creek (2361 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, Ohio 44321)   $5-20 Donation at door.  Please RSVP through Facebook .   Adults and soulful teenagers only.

EP is Becoming a Visual Album!

"Dream of Peace" released and more videos coming! 

My wonderful friend, Sam Keeble, and I have been making music videos for all of the tracks on my forthcoming album.  We've trekked across America by car twice, this last time while I moved from California to North Carolina--with my precious dog along for the ride, and Sam's captured beautiful footage everywhere we've gone.  Most of the videos are yet to be released.  The video for "Dream of Peace," was released a while back.  Check it out here, and let me know if you're looking for an amazing videographer!

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My Rock Musical "Serious Rabbit" Premieres Soon!

If you've known me for a while, you know I've been kicking around the idea of a solo musical starring a very serious rabbit for many years. Well, it's happening!  I am coming to the end of a solo performance masterclass in which I've been  writing and  workshopping my material, and I'm 90% done! Will be 100% soon.  

Serious Rabbit: One Bunny's Search for Meaning  features me as Clover, a professor of feminist rabbit studies who wants to be a hero.   Told through ten original songs propelled by monologues, it's the story of what happens when Clover realizes she can't save everyone and has to find a way to save herself.  People tell me the songs remind them of Sondheim combined with Tori Amos (not too shabby)!

I'll be doing some of the songs at my May 31 gig at The Factory in Pasadena (see info to the right on this page).   To see the whole  labour of love in an actual theater, come out on June 27, 2015 at 3pm to Beyond Baroque in Venice.  It's about 70 minutes long, and it will be followed by a talk-back sessions where you can give me your feedback and be part of the development of this piece.

See my events page for full details. Hope to see you there!

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Previous events


Party at the Barn with Serious Rabbit

The Barn at Wolf Creek, 2361 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, Ohio 44321

Debra is traveling to the Akron area to celebrate her 50th birthday and the public launch of her full-time music career. As a friend of Stephanie Serna and others from the Akron arts scene, she's decided to spend this important day at the Barn at Wolf Creek to share her one-woman musical Serious Rabbit.

7pm: doors open for drinks and appetizers 7:30pm: Stephanie Serna and friends--music 8:00-9:15 Debra performs her one woman musical Serious Rabbit (Sondheim meets Joni Mitchell) 9:15-9:30 Talk back 9:30-11:30 Party and bonfire RSVP required. $5-20 suggested donation at the door.

While Tricks are for kids, Serious Rabbit is for adults and soulful teenagers.

Please RSVP through Facebook (hit tickets link below).

Winter Solstice Concert

Throop Hall, 300 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Please join us for an evening of awe and wonder as you are led on a journey from soulful introspection to happy togetherness involving beautiful music, dance, bits of story, and children's artwork!

The concert will begin in the sanctuary and will move to the Fellowship Hall, where dessert and spirited beverages will be served.

Debra Penberthy, Throop Board member and singer-songwriter, will lead the concert, which will include her original, neo-medieval chant based works, classical pieces, and popular songs (including the late, great Leonard Cohen). The line up includes Debra, Chris Payne (multi-focus percussion), Steve Thachuk (classical and electric guitar), Sarah Wass (flute), Jim Sullivan (bass clarinet), Josh Jerkosky (bass), Alan Ishii (piano), and Julia Schaeffer (modern dance).

The concert is FREE but a donation of $10 to $100 is suggested. Proceeds will benefit the historic Throop Building Fund. Payment accepted by cash, check, and credit card.

The Anna Brome Room

Art Share LA, 801 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

A delightfully eclectic variety show featuring some of LA's finest musicians, poets, artists, and writers. Alan Ishii--fabulous pianist and singer, is tonight's host. Fellow performers include comedian Ricky Luna, singer-songwriter Robbie McDonald, electronic musician Sean Sarah, poet Lida Harris, drag queen Princess Poodlepoo, and the French duo Boudoir (Arnelly Yons and Remi Auclair). Come out and join us!

Debra's Rock Musical "Serious Rabbit"

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Debra is writing a rock opera called Serious Rabbit! Come out to the first full-length workshop production of Serious Rabbit, the world' first solo rabbit musical! You will play a key role in the development of this piece, as there will be a talk-back session after the show. Show runs about 70 minutes. See you there!

$8 at the door (cash or check only) Age limit: All ages

Debra at CicLAvia

The Factory Hair and Make-Up Studio, 449 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

I'm honored to be part of The Factory's music celebration during CicLAvia! My set will be a solo preview of Serious Rabbit, my new rock musical in which I am a rabbit! CicLAvia is a pro-cycling event catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets. Its an experience, not a race! The Factory is a wonderful salon/venue, and they are hosting an all-day (9-6) music/art event. It will feature Live Art by Germ Izm & Pablo Damas and Music by Infinity Babes, Grondle, Gerard Meraz, Don Guapo Jacobs, ILL COM, Chris Vargas, The Automatic Knives and Debra Penberthy. Full event info here.

Free!!! Age limit: All ages


Debra at Gorgeous Stories

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

I'll be premiering work from my forthcoming rock musical, Serious Rabbit! Come out and hear me plus several other amazing women writers. Get inspired to write your own story!

$8 at the door (cash or check only) Age limit: All ages


Debra at Gorgeous Stories

Church of the Angels, 1100 Ave 64, Pasadena, CA 91105

I'll be premiering material from my forthcoming rock musical, Serious Rabbit! Come out and hear my songs and monologues along with the stories of several other wonderful women writers!

$8 at the door (cash or check only) Age limit: All ages


Debra as Guest Artist at the UU Social Justice Ministry Party

Sepulveda UU (The Onion), North Hills, CA

I'm honored to be a part of the progressive work of the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Ministry, by playing at their annual party this year! Check out their work for equality for all here:

Free!! Age limit: All ages


Debra at the Apothecary Gallery

Apothecary Gallery, 565 W 2nd St Unit 1, Pomona, CA 91766

Playing two sets with a full band of fabulous musicians at this sweet spot in Pomona! Fantastic artwork on the walls by a local artist and handcrafted foodie food by Megan Samaniego. Debra Penberty, vocals and keys; Tim Kobza and Ben Davis, guitars; Ross Garren on harmonica, Chris Hackman, upright and electric bass; and Logan Webb Shrewsbury, Drums

$10 Suggested Donation Age limit: All ages


Debra's EP Fundraising Extravaganza

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Throop Hall, 300 S. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Come out for a night of sketch comedy and original music. Debra headlines at 10pm with a full band and tunes off of her upcoming debut CD. You will be highly entertained! Secure an advance copy of the CD with entrance fee of $15 or more!

Sliding scale donation! $15 or more secures a CD when it comes out! Age limit: All ages