"Ireland's newest 'supergroup'…the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet." (Irish Voice).
Since that auspicious beginning, Lúnasa has become one of the most sought-after bands on the international Irish music scene. The band's inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves are steering Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Like the younger generation of Nashville musicians such as Bela Fleck or Edgar Meyer, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass into jazz and beyond, Lúnasa are redefining Irish music by going right to the heart of its rhythms. The result is a sound that, though distinctly Irish in flavor, touches on jazz and other improvisational music forms.
A young gal in America (from Vermont) on the road in support of her first post-Righteous Babe Records (Ani DiFranco's label) release, "Young Man in America."
"When Anaïs Mitchell performs she leans into the microphone with her feet carefully lilting along with each sung passage - traveling from mouth to mic through an inimitable voice and delivery - the lead foot slightly more animated, softly swaying too and fro." (Seacoast Media Group)
She writes the songs that will capture your mind, body, and spirit, and keep you on the edge of your seat, beckoning for more. She's a regional favorite making a splash nationally and abroad. We'd say, "Catch her," but she'll likely end up hooking you.
Eilen is no stranger to the PPAF stage, and we're very happy to welcome her back!
She's a smart cookie with a heart of burnished gold and enough stories to keep even the rowdiest crowd hanging on her every... word. Though its long shadows and dark corners make her kingdom feel intimate, her sovereign domain stretches as far as the imagination. Its denizens seek refuge in padded rooms, abandoned automobiles… and strong spirits. They defend their territory by any means necessary: weird voodoo, sawed-off shotguns, broken bottles. She's the perfect to our Roots and Rhythm Fest as the art of storytelling channeled through music run through her veins!
Crunchy Western Boys
Please rise and help us welcome back New Hampshire's own Crunchy Western Boys! They blew the roof off the place last year (okay, okay... there is no roof, but you understand, right?) We expect they'll bring the same energy again this year to the Showcase Festival.
"Sometimes the best music is the hardest to put a label on. New Hampshire's Crunchy Western Boys defy labeling as they pick and strum their way through the DNA of American music in all it's purest forms: folk, roots, bluegrass, a touch of gospel, all with an infectious rocking beat," (NH Magazine).
More Artists TBA!