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Todd Mack is a singer-songwriter, producer, radio host, and author. Over the past twenty years, he has released 6 CDs of his own music, given more than a thousand performances, and produced dozens of artists at his Off the Beat-n-Track Recording Studio including the award winning Hunger Mountain Boys, The Rev Tor Band, and others. Since 2002, he has produced and hosted the nationally syndicated “Off the Beat-n-Track Radio Show”, a weekly program spotlighting independently released music off all genres from across the world. He has also written two picture books which are published by Scholastic. In 1991, while living in Atlanta, Georgia, Todd befriended a talented, young fiddle player who had just moved to town to take a job with the Wall St. Journal – Danny Pearl. Todd is actively involved in a variety of projects, including FODfest, that promote Danny’s life and work to keep his legacy alive.
Connecticut's hometown heroes throw off all labels and convention, gaining momentum in the Northeast and beyond, by delivering jaw-dropping live shows wherever they perform. With soulful vocals, muscular guitar lines, driven by a tight rhythm section, the band is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Guy Malone has released their 2 CD's titled "Spook The Pigeons" and "Orbs North" available at Apple Itunes.
The band has played in some of the best venues in the Northeast and beyond including Moe.Down 4, Toad's Place, The Webster, Lion's Den, The Knitting Factory, The Elbow Room in NYC, Nectar's, Iron Horse Music Hall, Harpers Ferry, The Electric Comany, King's Tavern, Monopole, Sully's Pub, Outer Banks Brew Station - NC, Aroma Cafe - VA to name a few.
Mikel K is a poet. Someday, he will start the revolution.
www.myspace.com/mikelkpoet to join him.
Singer-songwriter, guitar player, and ringleader SARAH WHITE hails from Charlottesville VA, home of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and the world-famous Gus Burger. With influences ranging from traditional to punk to glam, you might catch her singing a Carter Family gospel song with her duo The (All New) ACORN SISTERS, or doing a Blondie cover (wearing sequins and short-shorts of course) with her rock band the PEARLS.
After releasing two solo records on JAGJAGUWAR, Sarah put out her first record with the Pearls last year. The record, entitled WHITE LIGHT, has earned her compliments from another famous bandleader Dave Matthews:
"Sarah's music kills me, beautifully from the ground up, no plastic. I got stuck behind a logging truck today. I was listening to Sarah. It was great."
Sarah has shared the stage with such a variety of acts as Hall & Oates, Ben Folds Five, King Wilkie, the Hackensaw Boys, Lilys, Oakley Hall, and Loudoun Wainwright III.
Todd Giudice writes songs that sound like the chart-topping classics you've been singing half your life. Todd's music is infused with catchy rhythms and melodic hooks, yet his introspective themes invite the listener to linger.
Todd discovered his passion for music at a very early age. He remembers playing his mom's scratchy old 45s-Chuck Berry, The Isley Brothers and Fats Domino are among his earliest influences. Listening to records, and soaking up the rhythms of rock music became an obsession throughout Todd's childhood. His fascination with The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival & other bands inspired him to pick up a guitar and teach himself to play. He continued on into his teen years, playing in garage bands and experimenting with improvisation ? bringing Todd to later study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Since then, Todd has been performing around the Northeast, writing songs and honing his vocal skills. He has played at such New York City venues as The Living Room, The Knitting Factory, and The Bitter End, along with the prestigious Towne Crier Café in Pawling and The Colony Café in Woodstock. Todd has shared the stage with artists such as NRBQ and Graham Parker. Todd's debut CD "Destination Venus" released in 2001, has received airplay on prominent radio stations such as WDST, WKZE, WBAI, WPKN and WVKR.
With the release of "Little Known Secret" Todd has refined his abilities as a solo artist. Hailed by Chronogram Magazine for being "solid as stone", "Secret" shows no signs of a sophomore slump. Tunes such as "Sunny Girl" and "Pull Me Outta Shape" showcase Giudice's talent for vivid, emotive storytelling intertwined with captivating melodies that work their way into your memory so quickly you'll be humming along before the song ends.
For the remainder of 2007, Todd will continue to do what he does best. Playing live shows, winning crowds over, and creating more beautiful music.
FAR-WEST sponsorship chairperson
www.FAR-West.org North American Folk and Dance Alliance
PERPETUAL TOURS USA-EU-UK
"THE REAL DEAL"-Performing Songwriter Magazine
"Caroline Aiken, sighted as one of the cornerstones of the Atlanta acoustic movement, has long been at the forefront of modern folk and acoustic expression, and her soothing, fine wood-grain voice purrs with a youthful innocence one minute, then growls like a wise old blue singer the next, marking each song with her trademark, time-honed stamp of quality..."
Georgia Music Magazine
Atlanta Magazine calls Caroline BEST ACOUSTIC ARTIST and includes her full page picture next to CURTIS MAYFIELD, GLADYS KNIGHT, THE BLACK CROWS, THE INDIGO GIRLS, INDIARIE, and many more.
Blue Suede News says; "Caroline tears her 12 string a whole new consciousness."
Nominated for a 2006 GRAMMY for BEST CONTEMPORARY FOLK CD, Performing Songwriter Magazine calls Caroline "THE REAL DEAL" - NOV 05. and picked CA as a top 12 "Do It Yourself" SPOTLIGHT for ARE WE THERE YET MAMA? and picked both independently released "Live Bait," (1995) and "Butler Field," (1997), as well as one of the top 12 DO IT YOURSELF independent CDs!
35+ YEARS of musical roots planted in every corner and throughout the USA, and an ever-increasing core of fans IN UK, AND EUROPE. She has recorded with and shared stages with THE INDIGO GIRLS AND BONNIE RAITT and has been a guest performer at major venues with them such as San Antonio's MAJESTIC THEATHER, Denvers RED ROCKS, and Berkeleys GREEK THEATHER, headlining at KERRVILLE TX's Music Festival (Main Stage since 95); Seattles BUMBERSHOOT (since 96); FOLK LIFE Festival (since 76!); NY's FALCON RIDGE; Northern California's HIGH SIERRA Music Festival, and many more venues, both nationally and internationally. Radio stations across the country, (WUMB Boston, WUSB Stony Brook, KVMR Grass Valley, KPFA Berkeley, KPFT LA, KVMR Nevada City, Ca)
GA MUSIC HALL OF FAME performance with B52s and Mother's Finest
Nominated Best Vocalist/Acoustic Guitarist Coca Cola's NEW SOUTH music conference
Recordings and performances with Indigo Girls since 1981, with Bonnie Raitt since 1985
support for: Muddy Waters/ /Randy Newman/Jerry Jef Walker/ John Prine /Janis Ian/ 38 Special/Allan Tousaint/ Chuck Leavell /Derek Trucks/Arlo Guthrie/John Hartford/Doc Watson/Little Feat/38 Special/David Bromberg...
Features: Live / Kerrville Sept 2'06 AUDIO w/ Freebo and Kenny Edwards AVAILABLE MP3 by request www.myspace.com/carolineaiken2 VIDEO /Mendocino Music Festival July 18'06
A known serial harmonizer and survivor of the 1970’s Chicago Folk Music scene, George Potts is usually seen around the Northeast performing with The Joint Chiefs (www.jointchiefsmusic.com) where he plies his trade as a songwriter, guitarist, bassist, and vocalist. He lives in Kent, CT.
Bio for Les Vegas performing at the FODFest in Windham NewYork Saturday October 13.
Les Vegas was the lead singer with the sixties band the Soft White Underbelly. His work has been recorded by Peter Paul and Mary, the Muppets and Disney.
His rock musical SPACE was performed at the New York International Fringe Festival.
Three months after she was born, Christina whistled in her crib and she doesn’t remember a day since when she didn’t want to sing. Music was all around her. Christina and her identical twin sister joined a choir at the age of three. Her grandfather played jazz piano, her mother sang lullabies, her father played Beatles tunes on the guitar, and her stepfather played the banjo and kazoo.
Inspired by an Italian film when she was fourteen, Christina began to study opera. She continued classical vocal training for eight years and lived in Florence for a time. After college, Christina sang for a year in a rock band. She has been living and working in Boston for the past eight years. When she is not teaching art to 114 children, ages 5-12, she is writing songs, singing, and playing the guitar.
In 2006, Christina recorded her debut album Counting Cars at Off the Beat-N-Track in Southfield, MA. This is where she met Todd Mack, and this is how she learned of FODfest
Like Daniel Pearl, Trey Kay loves music and journalism. Born and raised in West Virginia, Trey now makes his home in New York where he leads a dual life as a performing artist and journalist. As a performer, he fronts the energetic, “genre diving” art band Uncle Moon (www.unclemoon.com), where he has been known to deliver wonderfully trippy ranting monologues about his sordid past. Earlier this year, Uncle Moon collaborated with Michelle Shocked on her tour of the northeast. Before playing with UM, Trey was part of the Brooklyn-based unit known as The Cheese Beads. In 2002, he performed in Meredith Monk's Mercy at Brooklyn Acadamy of Music's Next Wave Festival. As a journalist, Trey has produced award-winning pieces (Peabody and New York Festivals Award Gold Medal) for public radio shows like Studio 360, This American Life, Morning Edition, Day to Day and Market Place
Veteran singer-songwriter Carl Bethge lives in the Hudson Valley, where he performs in local venues and hosts the acclaimed Second Sunday Songwriters Series in Woodstock.
Carl's songs span the stylistic horizon from old-school country waltzes to jazz-inflected rockers, and typically tell stories about ordinary people
searching for some hard-won peace of mind.
“One of my earliest memories is listening to on my mother’s radio in the kitchen. Back then you’d hear Hank Williams followed by Ray Charles. Ever since I’ve tried to digest any strain of music that tickles my fancy or turns my head around. I guess I believe the genre should serve the song, not vice versa.”
Carl is currently working on an album of new material he claims is “due out later this century”. Pressed for an adjective, he calls his work “melting pot
JoAnne Spies is a singer songwriter and artist educator who is on the
faculty of Community Access to the Arts in Great Barrington, MA. Born in
Chicago, JoAnne was influenced by Muddy Waters, Kierkegaard and a Sicilian
grandmother who sang songs for every occasion. She has produced 2 CDs of
original music: "2 x 3" with Jack Douglas and "Me and Melville", which has
been performed off-off Broadway, at colleges and venues throughout the
JoAnne has received a fellowship as composer at the Millay Colony and is on
the MCC Arts and Healing Roster, where she specializes in songwriting with the elderly.
She wrote and directed RiverMASS, an ongoing multicultural celebration of
the Housatonic River and leads groups of all ages in the exploration of
sound, rhythm, and the joys of improvisation. A graduate of MFP's
Musicianship and Leadership Program, JoAnne is actively using music to help
understand and explore environmental issues and celebrate diversity through improvisation, dialogue, and songwriting. She has written six songs for an interactive environmental program with Marmalade Productions called "Watershed Waltz" that premiered at the Berkshire Museum in 2007.
JoAnne met Danny Pearl in 1990 when he was a reporter for the Berkshire Eagle and played fiddle with her band, the Jack & JoAnne Band.
I am an old-school folkie — kind of a kitchen musician who enjoys getting out of the kitchen once in a while to share music with others who like simple, direct folk music that has stood the test of time, combined with contemporary and original music in the same mold.
I have been playing and singing music since I was five, well… for a long time. My first instrument was a ukulele, which I still enjoy playing. Since then my music grew to include guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and Appalachian dulcimer. From time to time, silliness gets the best of me resulting in a musical selection on an unusual instrument like the spoons, jaw harp, or soda straw.
As a singer, my songs mostly come from the American, English, Scottish, and Irish folk traditions. Add to these a smattering of contemporary songs, original songs, and spoken word and you have a Tom Smith musical performance presented in an easy going and engaging style. I have performed at folk festivals, coffee houses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old.
My recordings include “Chip Off the New Block” (1981, yikes!), songs and stories for kids from A Gentle Wind, and “If You Want Any More You Can Sing It Yourself”, currently out of print, but you can listen to it on flannelshirt.com. I also have some informal home-grown recordings on this web site. These days I am performing in coffee houses, folk festivals and listening rooms in New England, though I travel from time to time.
My non-music professional background includes advanced degrees and experience in education and technology.
Josh Weinstein is a songwriter and pianist with backgrounds in the jazz,
blues, folk and rock worlds. His last album, 2006's Brooklyn Is Sinking,
appears on several "10 Best" lists, including those at WFUV and at
NPR.org. A veteran of innumerable festival, concert, barroom and
coffee shop stages, Weinstein has played live on Vin Scelsa's fabled
"Idiots' Delight" radio and satellite programs and been heard on hundreds
of stations across the country. "Weinstein leaves the usual crowd of
folk-based singer/songwriters miles behind" (acousticmusic.org).
"[Brooklyn Is Sinking is] a highly original masterwork filled with
remarkable warmth and craftsmanship. Simply sensational."
AUDREY AULD MEZERA is a musician in the 'Americ-kinda' style -
traditional American country and folk influences with strong Australian
roots. "Music with the dirt left on" is how she describes her sound.
Mezera is a spontaneous, engaging comedian & writer of humorous,
provocative & poignant songs, with a distinctive trad country vocal
style - a little bit Loretta Lynn and a touch of Randy Newman with that
distinctive Aussie humor.
"Audrey is the real deal. I call her the Australian songbird. She has
that wide-open sound & it's easy to relate to her music because she
sings from the soul." ~Jimmy La Fave
"Audrey Auld Mezera is a great singer songwriter. She holds a unique
place in contemporary Americana/Roots music. She is one of the most
honest original artists I know." ~ Fred Eaglesmith
Despite playing classical violin from age 6 and eventually performing
with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra at 14, an introduction in Art School
to Texas music and traditional Country lead to a passionate exploration
of the history of American roots music.
"The beauty of Audrey's work is that she understands the power of
simplicity. Whether it be in a traditional country setting or on the
more edgy tracks her voice stays honest and true." ~ Kieran Kane
Now, with 7 albums to her credit, her own record label (Reckless
Records), 10+ years of international touring, winner of the Chris
Austin Song Contest (MerleFest 2006), several Australian ARIA and Gold
Guitar nominations and cuts by various artists, Mezera is established
as one of Australia's most-respected singer/songwriters and since her
relocation to the USA in '03 she's fast becoming a favorite with
American audiences too.
HeadSoup was born, in a dorm room, as Fish HeadSoup. The name was soon shortened to HeadSoup, not that the band has anything against fish, but it just seemed to roll off the tongue a little easier. All the members of the band shared a deep passion for music. Add to that some slightly skewed but fertile musical minds, a dynamic voice or two, 10 strings and a drum apparatus and you have the ingredients of their humble beginnings.
HeadSoup’s members came together from opposite ends of the country and consider themselves very fortunate to have found each other. The band’s focus has always been about serving the song with the ultimate goal to always treat whatever piece of music they are playing with the utmost respect. They constantly searched out new forms of music and once they’ve “discovered” them completely immersed themselves in that form. A common denominator among the members of the band during their early years was that their households were filled with music. Each one of them wore out hundreds records in their parent’s vinyl collections. “We also loved the radio when we were young, with real live DJs that would talk to you about the music and the musicians, kind of like a friend with knowledge that we craved” says lead singer Nik Rael.
HeadSoup was playing any club, gymnasium or VFW hall in the Philadelphia area that would have them and their loyal fans would always ask them when are you going to record some of their songs. At the time the band was just completely into the experience of playing live and hadn’t given much thought to recording. They started out by recording a couple of “demo” tunes and just passing them out to friends. Somehow one of those “demo cassettes” found its way to a Philadelphia area radio station and to the band’s shock and surprise the station began playing it. People called in requesting the two songs and the band realized that maybe it was time to look at recording a little more seriously. HeadSoup’s self-titled eight-song debut CD was released in 1997. Actually released might be too strong a word, they pretty much sold them at gigs out of the trucks of their cars. Even with this limited distribution it didn’t take long for the band to gain a strong local following.
As any group of musicians that has pursued their dreams will tell you, there are easier ways of making a living. HeadSoup has seen their fair share of trials and tribulations. They have slept on friends floors, played outdoor shows in torrential downpours, been forced to move out of their apartments in the middle of the night and have even on occasion been forced to live in their cars. On one cold dank night after a gig, a gang even tried to take their car with all their equipment in it. It was only through some curbside negotiation and a few bumps and bruises that they managed to salvage their gear and their “apartment”.
“Livin Like Vermin” off their first CD, starkly lays out the life of struggling musicians everywhere. The song shows HeadSoup’s knack for being able to combine elements of pain, suffering and sacrifice through a seemingly upbeat groove. “Pieces” off of the same CD
, Debra tours extensively in the USA and
U Telling on Trixie Mini-bio
Telling On Trixie is an up and coming New York City rock band created from such a partnership of opposites, the introverted guitarist and the extroverted lead singer who bring out the best in one another to create something bigger than themselves. On their self-titled, debut album, you can hear the seamless result of two very different people joining together to create music with skill and passion – and it’s music that is already substantially impacting listeners. In its first few weeks, the album has entered in to rotation in the top 5 add slots on stations nationwide, ranking as high as #2 on several stations’ College Music Journal Top 30 charts. Among the first to spin the album was Jonathan Clarke of Q104.3 in New York, KWSS FM in Phoenix and Mondo Blu in Spain. Several college, festival and club dates are scheduled to promote the release, including MidPoint Music Festival in September, CMJ Music Marathon in October, and the Red Gorilla Music Showcase during SXSW week in 2008. This September, Budweiser named Telling on Trixie a Budweiser Premiere Band, featuring them on Budweiser.com. The debut music video for “Halfway Back to Sane” premiered this August featuring America’s Next Top Model vixen Jade Cole. Receiving an astonishing 9,000 views in its first couple weeks, the video is being broadcast on music video channels worldwide.
Derek Nicoletto and Brad Small’s partnership had its first experience in the band funk/jam based Trixie’s Itch. In 2006, they began in a new direction. Spotting the potential, Platinum-selling producer Jamie Siegel (Taking Back Sunday, Joss Stone, Lauryn Hill) spearheaded the debut album project.
After awarding “Angels Fall and “Orion’s Light” with Honorable Mentions, Billboard Magazine’s Songwriting Panel said of Telling on Trixie, “Interesting themes and catchy grooves…the talent is obvious.”
Websites for some of the other artists include:
Blair Lott - www.blairlott.com
Caroline Aiken, www.carolineaiken.com
Mikel K - www.185cool.com/mikelkpoet
Ottoman Empire, www.casinomusic.com
Rosary - www.laurenfincham.com
Julie Grower - www.myspace.com/juliegrower
Todd Smith www.tomsmithmusic.com
Vikki McGee www/vikkimcgee.com
Aidan O'Brien is an eleven-year-old guitarist residing in Belchertown, MA. He loves animals, does very well in school, roots for the Celtics, the Red Sox and the Patriots, plays baseball, soccer, basketball, flag football and squash, eats Frank’s hot sauce by the bottle, has a sister named Alyssa and a really cool room. Aidan started taking guitar lessons at the age of seven when his parents noticed him watching the guitarists at music festivals for hours at a time, always from the front row. Since that time, with the help of local guitar teacher, Jared Quinn, Aidan has developed an acoustic and electric guitar style all his own. He first played in front of an audience at the age of seven at the Grassroots Festival Band Contest in Trumansburg, NY, where he came in 3rd. This year, he won the contest and earned his own set on one of the other festival stages, where he impressed the audience with a variety of covers and original songs. Aidan has also been a guest for Donna the Buffalo, a touring roots rock band from Ithaca, NY; Magnolia, a Rhode Island based Cajun band; and has twice been the guest lead guitarist of the Crow Greenspun Band, another Ithaca-based roots rock group. He has performed solo at weddings and birthdays, and has appeared on local television for charity. His guitar styles include Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk, and Cajun, and he loves creating improvised lead melodies. This is the second time Aidan has been invited to play at FODfest and he is humbled and honored by the opportunity to celebrate Danny's memory. Aidan says, “Thanks Todd!”
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