Eric Bibb - The son of renown NYC folk singer Leon Bibb, Eric grew up around musicians like Pete Seeger, Odetta. Richie Havens, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. If that wasn’t enough, his uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and his godfather was singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson. Bibb launched his career in Europe, gaining notoriety at blues and folk festivals in London, Cambridge and Dublin, and eventually settled in Sweden where he worked as a music and voice teacher. He has played festivals around the world including Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival in the U.K., and landed opening slots on tours with Robert Cray and Ray Charles. Bibb has been nominated for a Grammy and four W.C. Handy awards (now the Blues Music Awards) and his songs have been featured on TV shows including “The District,” “Casualty” and BBC's “Eastenders.” Released in 2006, “Diamond Days” became Bibb’s biggest selling album to date. The album entered both Australian and US charts. Bibb was nominated for “Acoustic Artist of the Year” in the 2008 Blues Music Awards. His latest release is titled “Blues People.”
Altan - One of the most exciting and musically accomplished Celtic groups to emerge from Ireland, Altan fuels its electrifying jigs and reels with superb playing and precision arrangements. Together for nearly 30 years, Altan has discovered a graceful home between purism and modernity. In 1990 and again 1992, the group’s releases were voted "best Celtic traditional album" by NAIRD. Altan’s international status and success found a very practical recognition when they were signed in 1996 to Virgin Records, the first Irish band of their kind to be signed by a major label. The band gained gold and platinum albums in Ireland and toured larger venues, literally throughout the world, with tours in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe as well as regular successful U.S. tours.
Dayna Kurtz - Over the past decade, the New Jersey born, New Orleans resident vocalist/writer/musician/producer was named “Female Songwriter of the Year” by the National Academy of Songwriters. Hger fans include Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt and she’s performed on nationally syndicated shows including “World Cafe,” “Mountain Stage,” “Morning Edition” and “Tell Me More.” She’s toured with the likes of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Keren Ann, Chris Whitley, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Her latest release is "Rise and Fall."
Hey Mavis - On any given day, Hey Mavis bandleaders Laurie and Eddie can be found doing the things that are most important to them—raising a healthy family, creating music and art, and staying connected with their community of friends and fans. Keeping true to their values, the two have methodically walked down a musical career path that has led their group Hey Mavis from humble porch concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest to six consecutive sell-out concerts in their home town of Akron Ohio, to overflow audiences at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Their journey as a band began in 2010, when REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers producer Don Dixon discovered Hey Mavis on a Michael Stanley Christmas compilation CD. Four months later, Dixon produced their debut album, Red Wine. In 2013, Dixon produced their second release, Honey Man, which incorporated a fatter sound with guitar, drums, harmonica, and occasional string arrangements. The band’s unique Americana style quickly gained a solid and passionate fan base that continues to grow at a breakneck pace.
Todd Burge - Employing wry humor, dexterous guitar work and a rich variety of life experiences, Todd Burge has emerged as one of West Virginia's most prolific singer-songwriters. Burge, has played everything from Alternative Rock to Contemporary Folk, performing concerts at festivals and in venues as diverse as CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Kennedy Center, and literally hundreds of clubs including the obscure, to the world famous Caffe Lena, Club Passim and Music City Roots. He is a repeat guest on NPR's Mountain Stage and has been called the “dean of WV songwriters, the best we have”, by its host, Larry Groce. Todd Burge’s latest album, Imitation Life, was produced by long term collaborator, WV Music Hall of Fame member and Grammy winner Tim O’Brien. The album includes a song called Change (For Clean Water) which features Kathy Mattea on backing vocals.