“...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others.” - Chris Payne, Billboard Magazine
RACHEL KILGOUR is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival.
LIZ FRAME & THE KICKERS
"Liz Frame is one of the most compelling, interesting and emotive voices I’ve hard in a long, long time...” --Marian Leighton-Levy/Rounder Records
LIZ FRAME AND THE KICKERS have found their way into the choicest venues as they’ve worked their way from New England to the mid Atlantic, attracting rave notices along the way. Some critics have compared her singing to Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt, while others have noted similarities in her songwriting to the work of Dolly Parton and Lucinda Williams.
A noted guitar stylist? A musical pilgrim? Yeah, sure, why not? I've been called all of the above. If I were just ONE of those, I'd be bored. But by moving through a wide variety of influences, I've managed to come up with a number of original songs that present new ideas, while respecting the hand-made, real-time, roots music that inspires me in the first place.
An accessible singer/songwriter with a strong, supple voice, Kirsten's music is honest and heartfelt, whether she's telling a story, delving into an emotion, or capturing a moment in time. With a relaxed stage presence and ready smile, Kirsten invites her audience to share her love of music and songwriting. Kirsten performs as a solo act, and as one half of the duo Kirsten & Dave. She is also an accomplished flutist. In addition, she loves to accompany other musicians, both on flute and harmonies.
Jim has a real gift of bringing a room together when he performs. His positive energy and captivating music engages the audience!. His music carries a universal flow of emotions and experience that we can all identify with.
Crowes Pasture, the Boston-based acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin, brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions, including such artists as Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Ian & Sylvia and the Civil Wars. Their latest CD made the list of Top Folk Albums of June 2016 as compiled on Folkradio.org.
BLACK WATER MOON
Trish DeCaprio and Michael Whitney of Black Water Moon blend and beautifully compliment each other’s individual instrumental and vocal talents. Pure, true, and honest, Black Water Moon’s music traverses the genres of Bluegrass, Roots Americana, Pop, Rock, Swing, Blues, Country, and Celtic via interesting original compositions and creative interpretations of covers.
last train to zinkov
This is cutting-edge acoustic folk -- mindful of the heart, mindful of ancestry, mindful of life and death and joy; with strings, vocals, and original compositions, the Gusakovs (father and son) create music that reflects their love of Appalachian old-time, classical, gypsy jazz, and their own Eastern European roots.