You can learn a lot about Grace’s music from this recent concert preview: “Grace Morrison’s music is somewhere between a rock and a hard place. It slides into the cracks and crevices of things that get overlooked. She is folk. She is pop. She’s unbelievably masterful behind the wheel of a guitar. Morrison’s vocal storytelling can make you cry; it can make you sing.” if you want to learn more about Grace and hear some of her songs before July check out www.gracemorrison.com and www.facebook.com/GraceMorrisonMusic. You might be surprised to find out that Grace is a lover of all things Titanic, King Henry VIII, and feline-related. So if you are into marine disasters, beheadings, and cat ladies come find her on Saturday, July 14 where she will be enjoying a day of fantastic music before taking the Quarry Stage at 8:00 pm.
Returning to BPF for the third year in a row, Jann Klose is an award-winning pop singer-songwriter, who has released six albums and two EPs. Jann was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, and the United States and now resides in New York City. He has been seen and heard and movies and TV, Broadway shows and voiceovers. Jann's new album IN TANDEM feat. international artist collaborations with Annie Haslam, Karen Zoid, Tamara Dey, RJ Benjamin, Ziyon, Tlale Makhene and Peter Gabriel is now available on Africa’s oldest label, Gallo Records.
Mariela is an emerging Nashville-based indie rock band known for their high-energy, lyric-driven synth pop. With soaring synth leads and melodic guitar hooks, their sound and stage presence evokes influences like The Killers and Bleachers. The band released their debut album in January 2018 and has been making waves around the southeast ever since.
Born and raised in Vernon, NJ, Katie Henry knew early on that she would be a musician. “I was six years old when I discovered Eric Clapton,” she recalls. “When he performed his subdued rendition of “Layla” and sang his heart out, I knew at that moment I wanted to connect with people through music the way he connected with me.”
Katie’s journey took her from singing in middle-school productions to becoming the lead singer for her college band in the 2010s. In 2014 she became a regular in NYC’s live music circuit.
Mike Montrey Band is the sound where Americana, Folk and Rock ‘n Roll come together to be sung by a true singer songwriter. MMB released their new album John Street on January 26th 2018. The album was produced by Grammy-winner Jim Scott, who has put his tasteful sonic stamp on releases by Wilco, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Santana, and Tedeschi Trucks Band, to name a few. Aquarian Weekly says, “The choruses click like magic” and NJ Stage calls it “A Masterpiece.”
Hailing originally from Glen Rock, NJ (also the birthplace of the famous Vivino Brothers), Kathy, Carol, Connie and Linda Sharar are four independently successful musicians who together create sisterly entwining harmonies and instrumental eloquence. Expect to hear the group perform songs by Linda, who holds down the groove on acoustic guitar, and soulful covers of the contemporary songwriters they love. Carol adds that extra special touch with her intuitive fiddle work.
Novelist, essayist, and lyricist Christian Bauman first gained notoriety playing guitar on the folk/acoustic circuit in the 90s and later as the author of a critically acclaimed cycle of novels (The Ice Beneath You, Voodoo Lounge, and In Hoboken, published between 2002 and 2008) and as a regular contributor to NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered. Other short work by Bauman has been published in several fiction and nonfiction anthologies, The New York Times, IdentityTheory, and The Morning News, among others. Bauman has been interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air, Rachel Maddow and Chuck D on Air America, Vin Scelsa on Idiot’s Delight, and featured in the Timesand CNN. Born in 1970, Bauman lived in India for a year when a teenager, became a father at age 17, and joined the US Army Waterborne in 1991, serving tours with expeditionary forces in the conflicts in Somalia and Haiti. "When I got home I packed up and then left again for a few years, this time with a guitar instead of a rifle. I recorded a couple of albums. I played in a sort-of band called Camp Hoboken. Later I finally needed to make a real living for a while; they wouldn't let me teach because I never went to college, so I got into advertising. I still do that; it suits my temperament. I wrote my first novel when I was twenty-nine, and then I wrote a couple more. I think I have a few more in me. I'm finally finishing a new one now." - Christian Bauman
Rachel Marie takes an unapologetically honest approach to songwriting in an effort to foster genuine human connection and encourage empathy through music. Passion for using the power of her voice to shed light on injustice gives rise to poignant poetic statements on subjects from heartbreak and death to police brutality and immigration. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs keeps audiences charmed. A Bethlehem, PA native, Rachel has made regular appearances at Musikfest and at acclaimed folk venue Godfrey Daniels. She has shared stages with Cheryl Wheeler, Antje Duvekot, and the Kennedys.
Marielle Kraft is a singer/songwriter originally from Rhode Island, and currently based outside of Washington D.C. in Maryland. Self-taught, she began playing guitar at 16 and writing songs soon after. Her songs take shape as honest stories through comfortable arrangements, following suit to artists like Shawn Mendes, Ben Rector, and Taylor Swift. Oftentimes these stories are ones that we all find a piece of ourselves in, yet are written in a way simply unique to Marielle's artistry. You can find out more about Marielle at the links below:
"Pyrenesia (pronounced Peer-uh-nee-juh) is a Gypsy Folk and Hot Jazz quartet based in the beautiful river town Lambertville, NJ. Combining original compositions with the Django Reinhardt tradition of gypsy jazz, Eastern European and klezmer melodies, and anything else that swings, Pyrenesia delivers a foot-stomping, dress-swirling, hand-clapping experience to lift spirits and transport listeners to a musical landscape as vast as the Pyrenees mountains are high. Please visit their website at www.Pyrenesia.com."
Kirsten Maxwell is a Long Island based singer/songwriter. She started writing songs in High School and performing regularly at open mics and small gigs in College. Since then, Kirsten has committed to a life of music full-time. Without the help of label, agent, or manager, she has toured extensively in the U.S., released one album and recorded an EP, won a number of songwriting competitions and performed at festivals on the East Coast and in Texas. Her grassroots following doubled in the past year and the expected release of her new self-titled EP has her fans on the edge of their seats. In December, Kirsten opened for rock icon Melissa Etheridge. She has also shared stages with Bill Staines, Michael Johnson, Slaid Cleaves, Vance Gilbert, and Nicole Atkins.
Allison McKenzie flawlessly blends pop and R&B together with her smooth Anita Baker-like vocals and fresh and soulful melodies. After being selected to perform in the famed B.B. King’s R&B Spotlight Showcase in New York City, she decided to focus more on her songwriting and formed The Ally Mac Project to record her debut album. In 2014, Allison's original song, "The World Is Ours" was selected as the theme song of the Music Biz 101 & More Radio show on WPSC Brave New Radio 88.1.
For over fifteen years, Hannah Bingman has been writing and performing her folk/blues compositions at venues along the east coast. Bingman has released three studio albums as well as a live album. Her most recent, Loam, is fixed in rural agricultural themes and small town roots. In 2006, she won the Susquehanna Folk Music Society Songwriting Contest and in 2011, she was selected as a Regional Round Finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest. She most recently earned the third place spot for the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Competition and was named as an Emerging Artist finalist for the Susquehanna Folk Festival. Bingman has grabbed opening slots for musicians such as Kaki King, Michael Glabicki, Jeffrey Gaines, the Infamous Stringdusters, Ellis, David Rovics, and Christine Lavin.
Lisa and Lori Brigantino regularly perform Lisa’s original songs at regional clubs, coffeehouses, house concerts and festivals. The sisters are known for their tight sibling harmonies and musicianship - often juggling a number of different instruments including guitars, banjo, accordion, ukulele and more. Lisa has previously released two critically-acclaimed albums, “A Brooklyn Night” and "Wonder Wheel” and is currently finishing recording her third album (Lori sings and plays on all three albums) with an anticipated release mid 2018. Lori is also a trained actor with Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, TV & film credits & is the co-creator and co-performer with Lisa of the wacky musical-comedy act “The Vickie & Nickie Show” https://vickieandnickie.com/. Lisa is a former original member of Lez Zeppelin, the world’s first all girl Led Zeppelin tribute band and toured internationally with the band for a number of years playing bass, mandolin and keyboards. For more information visit: https://lisabrigantino.com/
Helen O'Shea (originally from Ireland) and her band The Shanakees (Gaelic for "storytellers") bring you the "storysongs" from her new CD "Turning Tides..." in their signature AmeriCeltiCana style - Americana with a Celtic twist! 📷🦋☘️