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Sat., Nov. 17 - 7:30pm - Zoe Mulford and Brad Yoder
Sun., Dec. 2, 3pm - Ryanhood


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Sat., Nov,. 17 - 7:30 p.m.
Zoe Mulford is rapidly becoming best-known as the writer of "The President Sang Amazing Grace," covered by Joan Baez on her 2018 album "Whistle Down the Wind."

Originally from Pennsylvania, she first started performing her own songs while living in North Carolina in the 1990's. Since then, she has released five albums on the cooperative Azalea City Recordings label. She now lives in the North of England and tours on both sides of the Atlantic.

Zoe Mulford charms audiences with powerful, story-driven songwriting, an engaging stage presence, and an unlabored vocal style. She backs her voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo, drawing on the traditional music of Appalachia and the British Isles and stealing a few pages from the American Songbook to create music that feels both comfortably lived-in and sparklingly fresh.

This highly personable American songwriter (based in northern England) sure delivers the goods ...This is a really neat collection: majoring on self-penned material that's supremely evocative and sometimes cheekily humorous, topped up with three decent trad-arrs. and a prescient, must-hear clawhammer-banjo-backed rendition of 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. - fRoots


Her newly-released fifth album, Small Brown Birds, centers on a new collaboration with English fiddler and mandolinist Tom Kitching. The songs trace a progression from winter to spring, with a message of resilience, community, and hope in times of trouble. With tracks such as “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” “Answer the Knock at the Door,” and “Zillionaire” chiming with current events, the album reached #1 on the Folk-DJ chart in the month of its release.

2017 Folk DJ Charts
Of 165K Air Plays by 176 DJs
#4 Album of the Year -
Small Brown Birds
#3 Song of the Year
President Sang Amazing Grace
#8 Song of the Year
Zillionaire
#12 Artist of the Year

She has been a Kerrville Newfolk finalist and a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist. Her songs have been recognized by the Great American Song Contest and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and appeared in Sing Out! Magazine.Her song "Welcome In Another Year" has become a seasonal favorite on folk radio. It has been performed by many other artists, including John Roberts and Tony Barrand in their Nowell Sing We Clear Christmas revue and Four Shillings Short in their Samhain show.


It’s Brad’s unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock (with unexpected musical and lyrical twists), that has earned him a loyal following ranging from kids in single digits through retirees.

Acknowledged by Pittsburgh Magazine as “ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene,” Brad logs over 150 performances annually, playing colleges, cafés, churches, festivals, First Nights,
and even the zoo.


Brad has opened for a diverse range of artists, including Erin McKeown, Tegan & Sara, the Cowboy Junkies, Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer, the Vigilantes of Love, Emmylou Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Ellis Paul, and Rob Dickinson of Catherine Wheel, plus played the second stage for David Gray, Peter Paul & Mary, and Steve Earle/Jackson Browne.
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Sun., Dec. 2 - 3 p.m.

"THIS GENERATION'S NEW MIX OF
SIMON & GARFUNKEL, AMERICA, AND U2."
– Idaho State Journal



"POWERFULLY GENUINE"
-Zocalo Magazine

  • Ryanhood were named "Best Group/Duo" in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA's) for their song "Sickbed Symphony"
     
  • Ryan was awarded the Aerosmith Award at Berklee College of Music.
     
  • During high school, both Cameron and Ryan won the Woody Herman Jazz Award -- given to outstanding rhythm section players in a high school jazz band -- each, one year apart.


NAMED "BEST GROUP/DUO" in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA’s), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that Ryan Green and Cameron Hood were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would soon name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”

The two first met in high school, where they were separated not just by a grade (Hood being a year older) but by a respectful rivalry between their two rock bands. Hood and Green would face off annually in the Battle Of The Bands, and although Hood’s band would ultimately win two out of the three competitions, Green managed to impress him and the rest of the school with his abilities on the guitar, which would ultimately earn him a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Cameron enrolled as an art student at the University of Arizona, and they started what they would call “a long-distance musical relationship”, mailing each other minidiscs of new song ideas and getting together during academic breaks to rehearse and perform. Within weeks of graduating college, Cameron took a leap of faith and moved to Boston to join Ryan. Determined to make a living as musicians, Ryanhood became full-time street performers at Boston’s historic Quincy Market where they developed a rapport with audiences that has become a hallmark of their shows.






They would go on to tour with Jason Mraz, record an album with grammy-winning producer Ross Hogarth, share stages with Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and Lifehouse, and even get tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres. Ryanhood has collectively performed more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states, where their cross-generational sound has been equally at home in colleges, coffee-houses, concert halls, churches, and living rooms.

And now, twelve years after their street start, Ryanhood’s star is still on the rise as they were named “Best Group/Duo” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMAs). Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, released on March 3, 2017, and has been described as "“nestled in a great pocket, feeling all at once focused on storytelling and intimacy while not being afraid to wield a big musical stick” by For Folk’s Sake.

They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).
 

Our new album, On Christmas, is officially released into the world! Tucson Lifestyle had this to say: "At once catchy and yet profound, On Christmas explores a full range of emotions and material, providing ample opportunity for fans to discover new holiday classics."

And you can read a wonderful review of the album at For Folk's Sake here.


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