March 12, 2022
Kim Moberg + Matt Marshak, our 2021 Performing Songwriter Competition Winner
~ a split bill ~
“Kim Moberg combines a lovely voice with a deep insight into the human experience.
Her songs evoke genuine emotional responses in the listener, as she carries on the acoustic folk tradition in the 21st century. ”
— Nick Noble, host of THE FOLK REVIVAL, WICN (Worcester Public Radio)
It is more than appropriate that Kim Moberg, who won our Performing Songwriter Competition in 2018, returns to split the bill with this past year’s winner. She’ll be joined on March 12, 2022 by fiddler Heather Swanson.
Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Alaskan Native Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas.
Music was the constant in Kim’s childhood, helping her to adjust to the frequent moves associated with growing up in a military family.
At the age of 14, Kim began playing acoustic guitar on a borrowed nylon 6 string. A few years later, Kim taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite songs by singer/songwriters of the 1970’s, but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her own dream of becoming a professional performer.
In 2014, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright and wrote her first song.
Kim teamed with Grammy-nominated producer Jon Evans to record both of her CDs. “Above Ground” celebrates the achievement of her goal to bring her music out of the basement and “Up Around The Bend” consists of 13 new original songs and one cover, Cliff Eberhardt’s “The Long Road.” Both recordings have received world wide airplay and critical acclaim, charting on the Folk International Folk DJ and NACC charts.
Kim’s passionate and heartfelt vocals mesmerize listeners while her compositions tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, healing and social consciousness.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Marshak, the winner of our 2021 Performing Songwriter Competition, brings a truly diverse background to the musical table.
With a history of 10 albums in the Jazz/Blues genres, Matt’s latest album “Simple Man” finally showcases Matt’s acoustic guitar based singer songwriter material. The album gives the listener a glimpse into the folk, country, and songwriting side of Matt’s music.
Influenced early by the sounds of Paul Simon and James Taylor, Matt’s connection with song, imagery, and the story have long been his favorite way to communicate musically. This new album gives his audience a chance to fully hear his unique voice and acoustic guitar stylings together. His latest songs “Prayer For You,” “Tell Me Something Good,” and “Here and Now” bring a relatable, reassuring message for the world during this time.