Eddi Reader MBE (born 28 August 1959) is a Scottish singer, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, which in 2003 saw her showcase the works of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns. Reader was born in Glasgow, the daughter of a welder, and the eldest of seven children (her brother, Francis, is vocalist with the band Trashcan Sinatras). She began playing the guitar at the age of ten, and started her musical career busking...
Tom McRae (born Jeremy Thomas McRae Blackall) is a singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom. While growing up in Chelmsford, his parents were vicars in the Church of England and McRae sang in the choir. His mother played guitar and as a teen, he'd borrow it and began writing songs at 15. At 18 he moved to London to study politics at Guild Hall University, soon forming bands and writing songs. A chance meeting with sound engineer Roger Bechirian led him to a working relationship that shaped McRae's soft-spoken sound and later landed him a deal with Mercury's db records.
Jonah Matranga is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has released a variety of solo material under both his own name and Onelinedrawing, and has previously been part of the bands Far, New End Original (an anagram of “onelinedrawing”) and Gratitude. Jonah Matranga grew up in and around Boston, Massachusetts. He left in 1987 to attend Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he majored in English. After College, Jonah moved to Sacramento, where he lived for 8 years. Jonah married in April 1994, and his daughter was born that August.
Tom Paxton (born Thomas Richard Paxton on October 31, 1937) is an American folk singer and singer-songwriter whose songs have enduring appeal (and include modern standards such as "The Last Thing on My Mind"). In 2009, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Paxton was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest child of Burton and Esther Paxton. The Paxton family moved to Bristow, Oklahoma in 1948, where Tom grew to adulthood and which he still considers home. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in drama and developed an interest in folk music.
Joel Rafael plays alot in the key of F which stands for Folk music. He is a big proponet of Woody Guthries work. I saw him at the Millpond Festival in Bishop, Ca. He took the stage with about fifteen children and sang "this land is your land" Truly a great Millpond moment. He works solo and also has a band but still performs acoustically. Good to see and hear him on Last FM.
The group features the combined talents of Ashley Hutchings(ex Fairport Convention/Steeleye Span/Albion Band and current Rainbow Chasers), Kellie While, Simon Care(ex Albion Band/Tickled Pink) and the current lead man for Fairport Convention Simon Nicol.
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Dave Hughes is
(a) a folk-punk singer-songwriter from Scotland.
(b) an Australian comedian. (a)Dave Hughes is a political folk singer from Glasgow in Scotland. He plays a type of folk music influenced by DIY punk rock and the 60's folk singer scene of the USA. He has two albums currently out on release on Acoustic Riot records and tends to tour the UK twice each year. (b)Dave Hughes has risen to fame nation wide due to his regular co-host slot on ABC TV's 'The Glasshouse'. He is a regular at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where he often hosts sell out gigs.
DAGADANA is a Polish-Ukrainian trio that blends various music genres. By mixing folk, jazz and electronica they create their own unique language. Their full of humour concerts show that they make the music of such kind that makes both the listener and the performer happy. Full of warmth vocal lines sang often through voice processors, bold synthetic sounds, trance-like acoustic bass and children’s toys used as instruments is DAGADANA’S method to flood the listener with sounds that are never boring.
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Melissa McClelland (born c. 1979) is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter who lived in Burlington, Ontario, in her youth and now bases her career from Toronto. McClelland's music is influenced by blues and americana. A writer on CMJ's staff blog wrote that McClelland has "a persona reminiscent of a female Tom Waits." Biography Melissa McClelland was born in Chicago, Illinois. She spent her youth in Burlington, Ontario before developing her career in Toronto.