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Getting to Know Zameer

Getting to Know Zameer

Zameer is a Canadian singer-songwiter who was born in Pakistan and makes exceptionally powerful and inspirational music. Many of his songs have to do with political unrest and social injustices. He has achieved success in his adopted home of Toronto where he’s been voted the Best Artist by the Toronto Independent Music Awards as well as being included in the Top 10 Live Acts in Toronto. He was…

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Getting to Know Hayley Reardon

Getting to Know Hayley Reardon

I’ve been lucky enough to know this Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist for the past five years….since she was in junior high school.  Hayley Reardon impressed me from the moment I heard her sing her songs to an audience of a half dozen people after hours at the me&theecoffeehouse in our mutual hometown of Marblehead, Massachusetts.  She was pretty new to writing and singing in front of others but she…

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Getting to Know Libby Koch

Getting to Know Libby Koch

It’s always interesting to get the list of Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists and to look for the names of those artists who you have already seen, those who you’ve heard of before but never seen and those you seem to crop out of nowhere and demand to be heard.  Libby Koch was one of those names for me.  I’m glad I got to hear her authentic music, rooted for generations in the deep, dusty Texan soil.

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Getting to Know Jean Rohe

Getting to Know Jean Rohe

Jean Rohe is a very wise woman.  Not only does she make astoundingly beautiful music but she is thoughtful, reflective, and courageous.  She trusts her musical instinct and believes in the beauty of friendship.  She learned early on that making music is a bridge – a bridge that unites people no matter who they are. 

Jean Rohe is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk…

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Getting to Know Wendy Cahill

Getting to Know Wendy Cahill Wendy Cahill has a voice.  She’s got a voice that is captivating and beguiling. 

Getting to Know Wendy Cahill

Getting to Know Wendy Cahill Wendy Cahill has a voice.  She’s got a voice that is captivating and beguiling. 

Getting to Know Caitlin Canty

Getting to Know Caitlin Canty

Caitlin Canty is living the life of a troubadour and she’s loving every minute of it.  I’ve been following her career for a couple of years now and have been impressed by her songcraft and musicianship.  She’s got one foot in New England where her roots are and one foot wherever the next gig is. 

Caitlin Canty is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  The…

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Getting to Know The Levins

Getting to Know The Levins

Huey Lewis and the News have been known to sing about “The Power of Love” but it was “The Power of Music” that brought Julia and Ira Levin together.  Their collaboration is a mighty one and it sure feels like it was a union that was truly meant to be.  As they state in the interview below, they are committed to making the world a happier place through their music.  There’s no doubt that they are…

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Getting to Know Allie Farris

Getting to Know Allie Farris

Allie Farris has been and will be a very busy festival performer this year.  She’s hopping all over the country with appearances in Texas, Colorado and New York.  As one critic says, Allie’s vocals are a “tour de force” and her musicianship is something else. After studying jazz at Berklee for a short time, Allie headed to Nashville where she had made a comfortable home base for herself and has…

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Getting to Know Matt Nakoa

Getting to Know Matt Nakoa

There once was this kid named Matt Nakoa who grew up on a goat farm and went off to learn all he could at a prestigious music school in Boston.  While at the aforementioned college, he learned a lot about music but he also learned a lot about what it takes to live the life of a musician and play the kind of music that feels just right for him.  Apparently it’s working, Matt is this year’s Kerrvil…

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Getting to Know Zak Smith

Getting to Know Zak Smith

Zak Smith is from New Jersey and proud of it.  There’s an incredibly large musical legacy in that state and Zak works hard at maintaining his place within it. As one music critic pointed out “Zak Smith proves his worth with passionate vocals and concisely written songs from the gut.” What more could you ask for?  Not much. 

Zak Smith is one of 24 Emerging Artists chosen for this year’s Falcon…

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