Camela Widad (Harrisburg, PA) Camela Widad is a modern day troubadour: one part poetess and one part mystic, with a voice like honey and fire. Her songs have a distinct Nashville vibe; the hooks feel familiar and the melodies easy, but not too easy. Here’s what No Depression said about her new recording “Warriors of Love”: “Heavy stuff. This is not Taylor Swift territory. Could you imagine what Patsy Cline would think if she were able to hear a song like this one [Undefended Love]?” Camela was a 2015 Emerging Songwriter at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. She plays up and down the East Coast, and travels parts of the Midwest and West Coast. She’ll be accompanied by Michael Gilbin on stand-up bass and back-up vocals for her BurghSong appearance.
Christopher Mark Jones (Pittsburgh) returns to BurghSong to share his Americana with a groove. A prolific writer, he is finishing his 4th recording in the last 8 years. His early musical itinerary included busking in Paris, the English folk club circuit, tours of Denmark and Holland, UK and European folk festivals, and radio appearances in London, followed by Boston clubs during an electric period. These days he enjoys playing small concert series, house concerts and coffeehouses in the Eastern U.S. He will appear in a trio format with Vince Camut on pedal steel and guitar, Jim Spears on bass.
Peyton Tochterman (Charlottesville VA) Born in Virginia, living in the musical hotbed of Charlottesville, Peyton Tochterman has just recorded his fourth full length CD, A New World. Produced by Sam Wilson (Sons of Bill) in the Haunted Hollow studio, the project features songstress Stacey Earle and his now friend, Ellis Paul. Peyton had the privilege of singing our country’s National Anthem at The Marine Corps Museum at Quantico for a host of American heroes. He has shared the stage with Levon Helm, Darrell Scott, Chris Knight, Mark Erelli, Cheryl Wheeler, Robert Earl Keen, Jason Isbell, Richard Buckner, Sons of Bill, and Gary Sinise among others. “★★★★…One of the rising stars of American Roots Music” –Roots 66/The Alternate Route
Eve Goodman (Pittsburgh PA) Before moving to Pittsburgh, Eve spent ten years in Nashville honing her skills as a singer/songwriter. Her many experiences included regular performances with Gillian Welch, Kami Lyle and Lynn Biddick for their popular monthly show, “Born to Cook”, as well as appearances at the world-renowned Bluebird Cafe. When you first hear Eve Goodman’s music you’re likely to recognize one or all of her childhood influences, from Joan Armatrading and John Prine to Joan Baez and Paul Simon, but you’ll quickly realize that the honesty of her lyrics and the eloquence of her music are indicative of a style all her own. “… (an) amazing singer and songwriter and guitar player who has songs that are somehow complex and simple at the same time and of the heart.”- Larry Berger, The Saturday Light Brigade.
The Brother Brothers (Brooklyn NY) David Moss grew up in Peoria (really!) and still plays the cello that got him his college degree. After some time in Austin, Texas, where he eventually won the Kerrville New Folk contest, he’s moved up to Brooklyn, where he performs as a songwriter with his twin brother Adam as The Brother Brothers, solo, and in various other ensembles as a cellist. His 2014 album “Songs for Willoughby” included “Jerusalem” which was featured on Democracy Now! in July of 2014. Sarah Jarosz had this to say about the brothers: “Their ability to pull the listener into their quietly energetic musical journey is a joy to behold. I can’t wait to be out on the road with Adam & David and hear their heart wrenching songs and spot on harmonies night after night!”
Spencer Allan Patrick (Pittsburgh) Patrick, 24, grew up in Pennsylvania and still has some Pittsburgh in his speaking voice. And many of the images of that city find their way into the songs he writes and sings. He is also a keen observer of nature and weaves metaphors and similes into his songs, giving human characteristics to the moon, sky, dust and snow. “My songs are about people but I rarely sing about people,” Patrick says. “I use my physical environment to embody the people I sing about.” Patrick enjoys the release of performing. And after wrestling with the emotional truths of a song, he’ll often finish with a smile or a joke.”The songs are really emotional and intense but when it’s done. Phew, it’s out,” Patrick explains. “It’s a relief. The demon’s been wrestled to the ground.” (from Art Hive Magazine / Lucy Lazarony)
Ray Bonneville (Austin) This blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired Dzsong and groove man,dz as he’s been so aptly described, has a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois. Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. After leaving home, he did Vietnam as a Marine, beat an addiction, got a bush-pilot’s license, and lived in Colorado, Alaska, Seattle, Paris and New Orleans, before getting down to business writing songs – true-grit narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his rootsy, soulful slide guitar and harmonica playing. Four Red House albums later, he tours the US, Canada and Europe, stopping to fly fish when he can. “A master of the slow burn, the gentle funk, the infectious rhythm.” – The Ottowa Citizen.
Mark Williams (Pittsburgh) is one of the area’s undiscovered musical treasures. He was born in Columbus, Ohio in the winter of ’78. By the time he was seven he’d lived in Alabama, Georgia, England, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He’s since added the great states of Illinois, California, and Texas to the list. He says: “I write music to keep myself together. When life falls apart I find it hard to get out of bed. Life is always falling apart. These songs are a part of my mourning routine. They help me get out of bed. Maybe they will help someone else to do the same.” His music is raw, authentic, and from the heart, a mix of Americana, bluegrass, jazz, and soul. It is intended to be sung on a front porch, preferably with all of your closest friends and family after a long hard day’s work in the fields. BurghSong’s pocket stage is as close to a front porch as Mark could find close to home.
Heather Pierson (New Hampshire) Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable, intimate, and cathartic live performances, both solo and with her acoustic trio (Davy Sturtevant on strings/cornet and Shawn Nadeau on bass), feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, or acoustic guitar. Her music moves seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity. The title track from her May 2015 release was the #2 song on folk radio for the year. She will be performing solo at BurghSong.
Rachel Whitcomb (Pittsburgh) has always been drawn to the emotional side of country and bluegrass music, where melodies and lyrics intersect in simple yet meaningful ways to tell heartfelt stories. Her songwriting and vocal performances are inspired by Lee Ann Womack’s vintage country and Rhonda Vincent’s masterful bluegrass, with a little bit of blues mixed in. Her musical sensitivity and stagepresence showcase a sexy yet vulnerable quality that allows her to truly express the story behind each song. Rachel’s newest album, Take a Little Chance, is an emotional and uplifting collection of original songs completed in April of 2016. Rachel often works with a small group of acoustic musicians known collectively as The Therapists. They will be appearing with her for her BurghSong show.
Rachael Kilgour (Minnesota) Based out of Duluth, MN, singer-songwriter Rachael Kilgour has built a devoted following over the last ten years, captivating audiences with a balance of provocative, topical lyrics, passionate musical delivery, and a charmingly witty stage presence. With vulnerability, wit and passion, she effortlessly merges the personal and political, engaging and inspiring listeners of all backgrounds. She has been widely recognized in the past year for her music, as Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 NewSong Contest, winner of the 2015 LEAF Newsong Contest and Finalist in the 2015 Telluride Troubadour Competition.