Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. A 26-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Jencks has released 15 CDs in that time. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
A set by songwriter Zoe Mulford is like a small volume of short stories – evocative, beautifully crafted, and endlessly varied. Whether her starting-point is a doomed 19th-centruy polar expedition or the exploits of Wile E. Coyote, her vivid storytelling and down-to-earth humor take listeners on an enjoyable journey. She backs her clear voice with guitar and clawhammer banjo and draws on the traditional music of the US and the British Isles to make sense of modern life. A native of Pennsylvania, she now makes her home in Manchester, England and plays on both sides of the Atlantic.
Louise Mosrie Coombe grew up on a farm in middle Tennessee with English parents. Her songs are warm, intimate, funny and thought-provoking as she weaves together humorous personal stories and historical anecdotes with her unique southern point-of-view. The first thing most people remark on is her voice. She’s a classically trained singer with a big pop voice and a touch of twang. She’s an award-winning songwriter winning top honors at various prestigious contests including the only 2x winner at the Kerrville New Folk contest.
Singer-songwriter, performer and keen observer, Marc Douglas Berardo combines songs that mine the deep feelings and lessons gleaned from real life characters and situations along with an onstage presence that uses humor and deft storytelling to rally an audience and lead them into a deep and almost spiritual experience. It’s an adventure that brings to mind James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, or Guy Clark with a touch of Mark Twain or Hunter S. Thompson for good measure. In what amounts to song length works of fiction, Berardo’s sharply drawn, award winning song portraits cast a net on unusual and beguiling characters and places. With a painter’s eye for detail and music firmly rooted in the great American sound. He sings about circus retirees, expatriates in Florida rum bars, union iron workers, old poets, aimless New York City debutantes, near death car crashes, and hard-nosed fisherman.
Jonathan Byrd is a preacher’s kid, Gulf War veteran, and award-winning songwriter with a near cult following. With twenty plus years touring and over a dozen albums, Byrd’s deceptively simple, working-class songs have become campfire standards and crowd favorites for artists like Sam Bush and Tim O’Brien. A Jonathan Byrd show will take audiences on a journey from hell-raising sing-alongs to heart-wrenching ballads and back across the backroads of his native North Carolina.
“Jonathan Byrd doesn’t sing songs, he sings truth” – Mare Wakefield
With fourteen albums to his credit, there’s no denying Dave Gunning has an impressive body of work. Fortunately he’s just getting started….the Nova Scotian folk musician has shared the stage with legends and has been recognized in his own right as a master of his craft, both as an award-winning singer-songwriter and a captivating performer. Known for his abilities as a gracious storyteller, Gunning’s knack for connect with audiences precedes the skills and experience he’s earned on the road. From a very young age, music has been Gunning’s way of interpreting the world around hie, He has never needed to look far beyond his Pictou County, Nova Scotia backyard for inspiration. That’s where the characters live, that’s where the stories come from.
Drawing from the American tradition and keeping a roots rock sensibility, performing songwriter team Jen and Scott Smith (aka Naked Blue) have become a mainstay on the singer-songwriter and pop scene. They have released 7 full-length albums and built a devoted following of their songwriting recordings and performances. Their latest release is a n extraordinary collaboration with bestselling author Lee Child based on his iconic Jack Reacher character entitled “Just the Clothes on My Back”. Scott & Jen’s obvious joyous connection on stage and easy rapport wit the audience are hallmarks of their performance style; defined by their interwoven guitar work, Jen’s instantly recognizable smoky, vulnerable voice, and Scott’s passionate, impeccable lead guitar.