Missouri-born Heather Pierson is a multi-genre singer/songwriter and veteran performer. Her latest CD, The Hard Work of Living, reached #18 on the FOLK-DJ charts and features her award winning single “A Hard Man To Please”. Armed with bell-tone vocals, instrumental virtuosity, and a deep passion for sharing honesty and beauty, Heather speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. She is joined by Davy Sturtevant on strings and Shawn Nadeau on upright bass. Featuring intricate instrumental arrangements and tight three-part vocal harmonies, the trio’s live performances move seamlessly from jazz to bluegrass to folk.
Paddy Mills is the son of a part time DJ at the local AM country radio station. He grew up in the small fishing village of Owl’s Head, Maine and cut his teeth playing Irish music at pubs throughout New England. Over the past year Paddy has won the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, the South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition and the Mid Atlantic Song Contest. www.paddymills.com
Full of rural grit and grace, Ozarks native Lyal Strickland is as authentic as they come, balancing songwriting, touring, and raising grass-fed beef. His songs come straight from the heart with a heavy dose of reality. “Smooth and sophisticated, Strickland’s astounding new album” (Kansas City Star) examines economic upturns and downturns and the intricacies of small town culture.
- 2013 Mountain Stage NewSong Finalist
- 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards finalist (Americana/Folk/Roots)
- 2014 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist
The Wilhelms (Andy Ploof and John Wendland) are two notable singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists from St. Louis. Their songwriting is rooted in a musical honesty that takes human imperfection as a working definition for music with soul. Their debut acoustic release Film at 11 was made for two voices and two guitars and recorded by Gary Gordon of The Gordons.
Touring continuously across North America & Europe, Josh Harty’s unique blend of American music has become a must-hear for those who keep the tradition of country, blues and folk close to their hearts. Born and raised on the plains of North Dakota, his father, both a preacher, and the Police Chief of their small town, was also Harty’s music mentor. Nowadays, Josh is always looking for that balance between the rolling road and the people who inspire him, trading stories around kitchen tables and on theatre stages. His live shows combine good story telling with journeyman musicianship.
Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers living along the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Dennis is now the authority on this regional pocket of American antiquity. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this unique music bridges gaps between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down over three centuries.
No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award winning songwriters Carolann Solebello,Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas (Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale). It’s like getting three bands for the price of one when these friends share the stage: a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have charted at the top of Folk and Americana radio and appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.
Alberta, Canada’s prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling DIY songwriter with heart forever on sleeve. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, soul and country with spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. Cook has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, touring extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is currently on tour in support of his fourth release, One More Time Around. Notwithstanding all the weary miles, he still believes that music can change your life, and your life can change the world.
Building on the success of her debut album Co. Tyrone born, Irish singer, Bernadette Morris continues to wow audiences throughout Ireland and beyond with her fresh take on traditional Irish folk songs and enthrals audiences with her modern versions of lilting Gaelic laments.
All the Ways you Wander, produced by Sean Óg Graham of Beoga fame, is a varied and unique album with a rich mix of old traditional songs and contemporary songs from the writing of Barry Kerr and John Spillane. From a musical family, her talent is the type that can’t be taught, her onstage presence is electric and her charm undeniable.
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Showcasing at FARM
Friday @ 8:10 – Dana Cooper
Dana Cooper grew up in Harry Truman’s hometown of Independence, MO. At 16 he began writing and performing his songs in Kansas City coffeehouses. In 1971 he moved to Los Angeles and released his first album on Elektra Records in 1973. Dana has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Claire Lynch, Maura O’Connell, Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. He has worked as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurse’s aid, gardener, waiter and touring musician of 40 years. Dana will soon release his 25th album.
Saturday @ 8:10 – Mark Dvorak
Mark Dvorak has given concerts in almost all of the United States, and visited Finland, Canada and Ireland. He has released 16 albums and when not on the road, teaches at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. He has won awards for children’s music, journalism and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Woodstock Folk Festival. In 2013 Dvorak received the FARM Lantern Bearer Award. The Chicago Tribune has called him, “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” In 2012, WFMT 98.7 fm named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”
On Thursday Afternoon our keynote speaker, Tim Grimm, will be conducting a master class workshop. Directly following Jim Hall & Cindy Morgan will present a workshop on The Legacy of the Carter Family.
On Friday morning our Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime award winner, Eric Peltoniemi, will lead a discussion on the history of Red House Records, it’s place in the continuing legacy of American folk music, how it is evolving with the ongoing changes in the music industry today and into the future.
Be prepared to dance on Saturday Morning with Becca & Red Chrosniak of Red Brick Rhodes as they present a workshop on Eurythmics, looking at the connection between music and dance.