Their immersion in Celtic and American roots music is palpable through their instrumental mastery and together, they bring a passionate, youthful energy to this fiddle tradition, leaving their audience in a state of nostalgic bliss.
Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies.
The essence of Robert Blake’s work is strong narratives solidly built on the folk foundation and fully in the immediacy of the now.
Over thirty-eight years and stronger than ever!! North Sea Gas is one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies.
Mulebone is a musical partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist, John Ragusa and roots music specialist, Hugh Pool. The grist for their mill is traditional blues.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi performs solo but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. She believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style.
Polished and precise, yet buoyed with an airy grace, Joy Ike paints with a broad palette that defies easy categorization. Born to Nigerian immigrants, the singer/songwriter’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to many great musicians including Nina Simone, Laura Nyro, and Regina Spektor.
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and song poet, known both for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon.
Eloise & Co. features the combined creative force of two of the country’s most sought-after dance musicians, Becky Tracy and Rachel Bell.
Joe Newberry and April Verch are masters of their traditions. For these veteran performers who come from distinct traditions and parts of the world, their collaboration is fueled by their kindred passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music.