The Nields were a folk-rock band who performed from 1991 to 2001. They toured much of the United States, performing with artists such as Dar Williams, Moxy Früvous, and Catie Curtis, and appearing at many folk festivals. Two members, Katryna and Nerissa Nields, continue to tour as a folk duo.
Dave Van Ronk (June 30, 1936 – February 10, 2002) was a folk singer born in Brooklyn, New York, who settled in Greenwich Village, New York City, and was nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street. " He was best known as an important figure in New York City during the acoustic folk revival of the 1960s, but his work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht, rock, New Orleans jazz, and swing.
Thomas Richard Paxton (born October 31, 1937) is an American folk singer and singer-songwriter who has been writing, performing and recording music for over forty years. In 2009, Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His songs have experienced enduring appeal, including modern standards such as "The Last Thing on My Mind", "Bottle of Wine", "Whose Garden Was This?", "The Marvelous Toy", and "Ramblin' Boy".
Ed McCurdy (January 11, 1919 - March 23, 2000) was a American folk singer, songwriter, and television actor. His anti-war classic, "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream", inspired and gave hope to those in the peace movement.
Lynn Miles, Canada, is a Juno Award winning Ottawa-based singer-songwriter. Her album, Slightly Haunted was one of the best-received folk releases of 1996, garnering praise in the New York Times and Billboard. Her music is subtle, lyrical and tender, often with more than a trace of melancholy. Her third album, Night in a Strange Town, features a range of styles, but all incorporate strong, unique lyrics with her plaintive vocals.
David Patrick Wilcox (born 1958) is an American folk musician and singer-songwriter guitarist who has won critical acclaim and mild but not substantial commercial success. He has been active in the music business since the late 1980s.
Gabriel Yacoub was born in Paris, of a Lebanese father and a French mother. He was a guitarist and singer with the Alan Stivell group that toured France in 1971. Before he founded Malicorne Gabriel and Marie Yacoub recorded "Pierre de Grenoble" (1973). Indeed this was originally intended to be the name of the group. It included contributions from Dan Ar Braz.
Michael Peter Smith (born 7 September 1941) is a Chicago, U.S. -based singer-songwriter. Rolling Stone Magazine once called him "The greatest songwriter in the English language". He has been singing and composing since the 1960s, and his rich and challenging songs have been recorded by more than 30 performers.
Wisconsin native John McCutcheon (born August 14, 1952) is an American] folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced over twenty-five albums since the 1970s. He is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and is also proficient on many other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and Jew's harp.
Julie Gold is a New York singer/songwriter. She is best known for Bette Midler's version of her ballad song "From a Distance" which won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1991. That song has since received close to 4 million air plays: It has been recited into the Congressional Record. It has been recorded internationally and translated into many languages. It has been illustrated as a Children’s Book and mass- produced in Music Boxes. It has been quoted in books, calendars and greeting cards.
Frederick Emerson Small (born November 6, 1952), known publicly as Fred Small, is an American singer-songwriter. He is also a lawyer and a Unitarian Universalist minister. His songs often make a political or ethical statement. Among his best-known songs are "Heart of the Appaloosa," "Everything Possible," "Peace Is", and "Cranes Over Hiroshima". He is hailed by Pete Seeger as "one of America's best songwriters".
Schooner Fare is a local Maine folk band, consisting of the late Tom Rowe (1950 - January 17, 2004), Steve Romanoff, and Chuck Romanoff. Schooner Fare plays primarily original maritime, socially-conscious, and traditional folk music. They play throughout Maine and North America, and their songs played by radio stations and satellite radio worldwide.
Ellis Paul (born January 14, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician. Born Paul Plissey in Aroostook County, Maine, Paul is a key figure in what has become known as the Boston school of songwriting, a literate, provocative and urbanely romantic folk-pop style that helped ignite the folk revival of the 1990s. His pop music songs have appeared in movies and on television, bridging the gap between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Chuck Brodsky (born May 20, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American musician and singer-songwriter currently living in North Carolina. He is particularly known for his often humorous and political lyrics, as well as his songs about baseball, such as "The Ballad of Eddie Klepp" and "Moe Berg: The Song".
Bill Morrissey (born on November 25, 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American folk singer/songwriter from New Hampshire. Many of his songs reflect the harsh realities of life in crumbling New England mill towns. Over the course of his long career, two of Bill Morrissey's ten albums have received Grammy nominations and several have earned 4-star reviews in Rolling Stone as well as equal accolades in other major national publications. Stephen Holden, for the New York Times, wrote, "Mr.
Geoff Bartley is an American acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter whose musical style combines roots, blues, jazz, and traditional folk. He began performing in 1969 and lives in the Boston area. He can be seen every Monday night hosting an open mic night at The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Vance Gilbert is an American folk singer/songwriter. He started out as a jazz singer, then switched to folk music, performing on the open mike circuit in Boston. His career took off when he toured with Shawn Colvin. He has recorded eight albums, including Side of the Road, a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. His first three albums appeared on Philo/Rounder Records. In 2006 and 2007, Gilbert opened several shows for comedian George Carlin.
Greg Greenway is an American folk singer/songwriter. Currently living in the Boston area, he is part of the folk scene there. His humorous song "Massachusetts" was included on the "Car Talk" radio program.
Lui Collins (born in 1950 in Barre, Vermont) is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter. She attended the University of Connecticut and played her first gigs as a student there. She began touring in the mid-1970s as part of a duo with Horace Williams, Jr.. Her first two albums consisted of cover songs, after which she moved on to writing original songs. Her albums have included some children's music, some of which she co-wrote with children's author Jane Yolen.
Andrew Calhoun is an American folk singer/songwriter. He was inspired to become a musician when his mother brought home a couple of her hippie students who played guitar. Early influences include Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Joseph Conrad, C.S. Lewis and Mississippi John Hurt. In 1992, he founded the artists cooperative record label Waterbug Records.
Bob Franke is an American folk singer/songwriter. He began his career in 1965, while a student at the University of Michigan, and performed at The Ark, a coffeehouse in Ann Arbor. After graduating from Michigan in 1969 with a degree in English literature, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Episcopal Theological School. He left school to pursue a musical career, and has lived in New England ever since, currently residing in Peabody, Massachusetts.
Jim Infantino is an American singer-songwriter and leader of the band Jim's Big Ego, as well as being a graphic designer, web designer, poet, and stalwart of the Boston folk scene. He majored in philosophy at Haverford College and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. He is the nephew of Silver Age of Comic Books artist Carmine Infantino.
Barbara Kessler is an American folk-rock singer/songwriter. She began her career performing in clubs on Cape Cod and driving an ice cream truck, then began performing at open mikes in Boston, and continues to be part of the Boston folk scene. Perhaps her best known composition is "Deep Country", which first appeared on 1994's live Stranger to this Land.
Rod MacDonald (born on August 17, 1948 in Southington, Connecticut) is an American folk singer/songwriter. His songs have been covered by Dave Van Ronk, Christine Lavin, Four Bitchin' Babes and Garnet Rogers, to name a few. He attended the University of Virginia (graduating in 1970 with a degree in history) and Columbia Law School, but during his final year in law school, decided to pursue a career in music after graduating in 1973.