Oct. 16, 2021 – Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry
Plus the finals of our Performing Songwriter Competition
“One of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom.” – Boston Globe
”A brilliant artist” – Joan Baez
“One of the most enduring, irreplaceable voices in American folk music.” – Anti-Heroin Chic
Called “a musician and singer of dazzling versatility” (No Depression), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling, Grammer has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, headlined several of the nation’s top folk festivals, including Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter.
Grammer is currently on tour celebrating her highly-anticipated eleventh release, LOW TIDE, which is the first of her albums to showcase her original songs. LOW TIDE was the ninth most-played album on folk radio in 2018 and was voted a Top 10 Album of the Year by Fish Records UK.
OUR CONTEST FINALISTS FOR 2021 ARE:
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Marshak 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” and “Here and Now” bring a relatable, reassuring message for the world during this time.
ERIN ASH SULLIVAN
Erin Ash Sullivan is a Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter. After an initial foray into music as one-half of the folk duo Edith O. with Amy Speace, Erin spent the next many years focusing on her family and her career as an educator and author. In 2018, she returned to writing and performing, and in May 2021, she released her first solo album, We Can Hear Each Other, which reached #10 on the Folk Alliance International Chart; her single, “Fireflies,” reached #8. Erin’s deeply personal songs harness the power of story to build connection and reveal the world through others’ eyes.
Born and raised in New York, Robinson Treacher’s musical honesty and vocal grit reflect his musical influences from downtown New York City to upstate Adirondacks. Robinson released “Born” in 2018, a purposefully “stripped down” collection of songs that rarely contains more than an acoustic guitar, an upright bass and his powerfully distinct vocal. Since then, Robinson has been featured on Sirius/XM’s “The Loft: Live from The Living Room” series and WFUV “Sunday Breakfast.” He has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Iris Dement, The Spin Doctors, GE Smith, Joan Osborne, Cheryl Wheeler, Amy Helm, Tom Rush, Arlo Guthrie, and Carrie Rodriguez.