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ARTISTS

A native of Italy, D’Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 34 years ago. The readers of Guitar Player voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist, and Acoustic Guitar’s People’s Choice Awards graced him with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his release EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. His signature Seagull acoustic guitar has been voted among the ten best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine. Peppino gives guitar workshops, master classes and seminars worldwide. Top leading publishers such as Truefire, Alfred Publishing, Hal Leonard and Acoustic Guitar Magazine Books have published his compositions and instructional methods. Peppino will perform an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International in Montreal, Feb 2019.

Photo credit: Joe Tecza

“D’Agostino plays steel-string guitar with virtuosity and complexity…Influences are as far-flung as the flamenco work of Paco de Lucia and the pop sensibility of the Beatles, evident in the songs he’s written, which brim with memorable melodies.”

— CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Peppino D'Agostino & Carlos Reyes

The duo of Peppino D'Agostino and Carlos Reyes are available for tours and shows together as schedules permit. Their performances together are, simply put, "unforgettable". They are an extraordinary combination of fantastic music and exceptional stage showmanship. 

They preformed at the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference to full showcase rooms and much excitement; many presenters, musicians, and DJ's returning to their showcase rooms on multiple occasions. Baker Booking represents the duo for concerts and festival bookings for 2019 - 2020 and beyond. 

Carlos Reyes has been breaking musical barriers since his first public performance at the age of five as a world renowned virtuoso of the violin and Paraguayan harp.  He has shared the concert stage with music greats such as Arturo Sandoval, Gloria Estefan, The Crusaders, The Rippingtons, Roy Rogers, The Charlie Daniels Band, Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, Willie Nelson, John Handy, The Doobie Brothers, The Steve Miller Band, and The Zac Brown Band. His music transcends all boundaries by bridging the traditional with unique fusions of blues, rock, jazz, latin and classical styles. In addition to his profound mastery of harp and violin, Carlos also plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and keyboards. He is a well-respected producer, composer, and engineer; and has been at the forefront of introducing the Electric Harp to the world

"Jenner Fox is a multi-faceted, uber-talented individual who makes people feel better when they're around him. I've witnessed the unique twinkle in Jenner's eye in 2 separate arenas. One was when his hands are on the oars of a raft, smiling in the calm, blue-green pool below a powerful Class V section of the famous Futaleufú River in Patagonia. The other is in a dimly lit lodge, sitting on sheepskins under the Southern Cross in the sky above while he pours his soul into filling the space with his powerful music. In either venue, Jenner is inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting.

On the river and on the road, Jenner is a folk singer with music that ranges from a soft mandolin melody to full-blown guitar strumming that has strings on the edge of breaking. He draws his influence from river canyons, urban communities, John Prine, Josh Ritter, and the people, roads, and stories in between.

“Jenner combines the lyricism of Joni Mitchell and the commentary of Neil Young to represent the next generation of singer songwriters.” - Grammy nominated producer, Cookie Marenco

Photo by Matt Andrews

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, performed at several of the nation's top folk festivals, including Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge, and has spent most of her 20-year career as one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter. 
Grammer is currently touring in support of her highly-anticipated eleventh release, LOW TIDE (Tracy Grammer Music, 2018), which is the first of her albums to showcase her original songs. Funded entirely by fans via Kickstarter, LOW TIDE was the #9 most-played album on Folk Radio throughout North America for 2018, was voted #2 on Folk Alley's "Best of 2018" Listener Poll, and was listed among the Top Ten Albums of the Year by Fish Records UK. 

Grammer will accompany Eliza Gilkyson for select trio dates this summer and teach at the New England Songwriters Retreat before launching an extensive coast-to-coast-and-back-again tour of her own in the fall. She is working on a memoir and curating a musical monologue show called “words+music” based on her life with, and beyond, Dave Carter. She is the director of the Dave Carter Legacy Project.

Grammer lives in Greenfield, Mass. with her beloved Miss Kitty. tracygrammer.com

One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom.” — The Boston Globe

A brilliant artist.” — Joan Baez

David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon.  He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.  It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne.  “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind,  Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.”  

David Jacobs-Strain has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival,  Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot, and Blues to Bop in Switzerland.  He’s taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, and at fifteen years old was on the faculty at Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop.  He now tours with master harmonica player and songwriter Bob Beach. David and Bob met in 2002. Over the next eight years they would come across each other at festivals, conferences and other music venues.Their live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll

His acoustic and electric guitar work is crisp and driven, and his voice can rise to a soulful pitch or fall quietly in sync with a loping beat. His imagery-rich tales—well, it’s not hard to imagine some of them being covered by the likes of John Hammond Jr. . . . or Boz Scaggs.-Washington Post

Photo by Eric M. Hilton

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple GoldAwards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for "God Is Love" from her 2017 album release, DANCE ACROSS THE SKY), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association's WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. Recent touring for Kipyn includes shows with Ellis Paul, Kirsten Maxwell, and Joan & Joni performances scheduled in New York, New England, and New Jersey.

"I'm pretty sure God wishes she could sing like Kipyn Martin." -- Susan Werner

The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.

Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands.

https://theblackfeathers.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=r2xhb9TF31A

"Mesmerizing and stunning in equal measure...An artistic triumph for a duo of undeniable talent."    FATEA

Photo by Aleza D'Agostino