Artists

Erin McKeown

ERIN MCKEOWN is an internationally known musician, writer, and producer. With 7 full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she has spent the last 10 years crafting a reputation as an original musical voice and compelling live performer. Her latest album, Hundreds of Lions, is out now on Righteous Babe Records. She graduated from Brown in 2001 and was a proud resident of the Finlandia and Watermyn Co-ops.

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Tallahassee

TallahasseeBoston, MA’s Tallahassee is with out a doubt the only band fronted by a former NFL offensive lineman who gave up that life to pursue music. They merge Indie, Rock, and Americana, to create delicately arranged songs of place and introspection. The band blends traditional banjo, upright bass, and vintage acoustic guitars with driving electric rock instruments to deliver a raw and powerful performance. Tallahassee brings together familiar feelings of home and comfort to the listener with an edge and sound that is all their own.
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Last Good Tooth

Last Good ToothWhen Mr. Penn Sultan of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in BROWN UNIVERSITY.
He had many devoted admirers among the hobbits of poor and unimportant families. But he had no close friends, until some of his younger cousins began to grow up.
The eldest of these, and Penn’s favourite, was young Arthur Kapp.
When Penn was ninety-nine he adopted Arthur as his heir, and brought him to live at Bag End; and the hopes of the Sackville-Bagginses were finally dashed.
No one had a more attentive audience than old Alex Spoto, commonly known as the Fiddler.
Now that he was himself growing old and stiff in the joints, the job was mainly carried on by his youngest son, Kevin Sullivan. Both father and son were on very friendly terms with Penn and Arthur. They lived on the Hill itself, in Number 3 Bagshot Row just below Bag End.
‘And no wonder they’re queer,’ put in Daddy Twofoot (the Fiddler’s next-door neighbour), ‘if they live on the wrong side of the Brandywine River, and right agin the Old Forest. That’s a dark bad place, if half the tales be true.’
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Vinegar Creek Constituency

Vinegar Creek ConstituencyVinegar Creek Constituency, an eclectic, incendiary string band out of the PA Dutch Country, channels the venerable old ghosts of the American folk tradition through imaginative, emotive original songs delivered with rock n roll intensity. Full of shouting, floorboard-stomping soul, their live performances are uplifting, high-energy events with fans dancing in the aisles and clapping, stomping, and singing along.
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Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family ReunionHailing from Brooklyn, NY, with roots firmly planted somewhere further south, Spirit Family Reunion has comfortably lodged themselves in a niche lying somewhere between the protest stylings of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, and the untamed bluegrass of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.  With the swagger of a man twice his age, the lead vocalist’s ability to control a room is an extremely rare and very much welcomed attribute to this generally tamed genre. With lyrics containing subject matter including God, the Devil, hard living and of love lost, they never stray too far from the road laid out years ago on that end, but maintain a constant ability to keep everything fresh and modern with the energy in which they put it on display.
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Tall Heights

Tall HeightsExperience Tall Heights live and witness something remarkable. Captivating vocal harmonies drive a folk-inspired accompaniment of cello and acoustic guitar. It’s little wonder that the two performers have quickly earned the respect of New England’s top artists.

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The Glass Jars

The Glass JarsWe are the Glass Jars. We play electric folk. This is not to be confused with acoustic rock. We believe that no matter what instruments we play it on or how loudly we play it, our music retains the core values of folk. It is music that tells stories and makes statements. It is music that can be sung anywhere and anyhow by anyone: for solace, for hope, for joy: because singing, really singing, singing with passion, is one of the best ways to protest the cruel and apathetic world we live in. So we invite you to sing with us. To jump in the air with us. To experience life with us. Because we often forget that life is something to be experienced.
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Jake Hill & Deep Creek

Jake Hill & Deep CreekJake Hill is a singer/songwriter hailing from Plymouth Massachusetts, from across the country, and from down the street. He has miles on his voice, blisters on his fingers, and a songwriting style from another day: when the story was king. Jake’s band, Deep Creek, is comprised of Dave Robertson on upright bass, Kit Carlyle on lead guitar and banjo, and Larry Anzunoi on percussion. These are a group of professionals that transform Jake’s midwestern romanticism and northeastern work ethic into a blue collar bible of Americana songs that will break your back and your heart.
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ARRR!!!

ARRR!!!
Pirates of Brown University Founded in the spring of 1999, ARRR!!! is the only student group on campus dedicated to the singin’ of sea shanties in a style we call a capirate.
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Josh Garcia

Josh GarciaJoshua Garcia sings about many things and anythings. Dig it.
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Ana Mallozzi

Ana MallozziAna Mallozzi plays guitar, banjo, and cello.  She likes to write songs based on people and situations in her life.  She always tended to write wandering, sad, love songs.  Then, she discovered the Avett Brothers, bought a banjo, moved downtown and befriended the band Last Good Tooth.  Needless to say, her music is starting to go in a different direction. She is also a member of the band The Sugar Honey Iced Tea and has a fish named Nancy II. She likes dinosaurs.
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Tom Thumb

Tom ThumbTom Thumb is the musical project of Andy Arch, a New England singer-songwriter with a heart-warm voice who has toured enough miles to stretch around the world twice. One reviewer said, “[His album We Never Die] seals Tom Thumb’s place as the best solo artist to come out of Boston in recent years,” which was nice.
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Kayla Ringelheim

Kayla RingelheimKayla Ringelheim, a singer-songwriter piano-player from the Boston area who now calls Providence home, has been playing in the New England folk music circuit for about 8 years. Her music sounds like a mixture of poetry, Regina Spektor, and chai tea.
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Mark Greenbaum

Mark GreenbaumMark Greenbaum is a predominately acoustic guitarist/singer who plays mostly post-war Blues from the itinerant/country days of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf. Inspired by the birth of Electrified Rock n’Roll, Greenbaum plays a mean blues guitar.
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Cauzamos

CauzamosCauzamos is an indie folk artist from Boston, MA.  His self-recorded album was released  in August 2010.  Cauzamos is currently playing venues across New England and writing and recording a new EP for Summer 2011.
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Sam Pearce

Sam PearceSince arriving at to Brown this fall, Sam Pearce can’t stop singing. A member of Boston rock band Elephantom, he performs this time with just his guitar. We could describe his songs, but that won’t help you hear them, so click his name to listen!

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Creek River String Band

Creek River String BandCreek River is a traditional string band with an approach to roots music that’s both respectful and innovative. With one eye on the past and one eye looking forward, we weave familiar forms into a fresh new sound that grabs young and old alike. CRSB delivers an energetic and eclectic mix of blues, country, folk, and old timey, to Tex-Mex, Celtic, bluegrass, rags, classical, and more. Or as we like to say, “Fresh baked roots music.”

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Wake Up Winter

Wild TreesWake Up Winter is a relatively new Alternative Folk band created by long time friends Daniel Codispoti, Matthew Codispoti, and Emma Ruddock of New Hampshire. They feature acoustic and electric guitar, cello, percussion, thoughtful melodies, and beautiful harmonies. Their original music channels artists like Damien Rice, Iron & Wine and Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova of the Swell Season. The band is very excited and honored to share their music with the Brown Folk Festival community!
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san terrer

san terrer is an acoustic folk band consisting of Sophia Krugman (various percussion), Matt Jacobs (guitar, songwriting), and Ed Rice (banjo, ukulele, harmonica, songwriting), joined on various songs by friends Peter Hayes (vocals, organ), Avi Kenny (various percussion), and Emma Ruddock (cello). We all sing. Our songs are characterized by a nostalgic acoustic sound, continuously rotating instrumentation, and folksy three and four-part vocal harmonies.

The French Connection

The French ConnectionIf you love French Canadian music, Appalachian reels, or simply love to Contra dance, you might just want to have some fun with Dexter and his band! With Deck Nieforth on Harmonica, Spoons and Feet, Dan Lanier on Fiddle and Guitar, Mike Fischman on Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin, this trio will have you dancing till dawn.

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