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photo of Vance Gilbert Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert is the ever-consumate performer, with the virtuosity and nuance of the jazz singer he once was, the comedic banter and insights of a truly insightful storyteller, and the complete range of styles, topics and emotions that only the finest of folk singers bring us. He's the opener of choice for such artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie and Anita Baker, George Carlin, most recently he's the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.
Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft. Vance is a national and international and Folk Project and Getaway favorite, a performer to cherish and remember.
     
Connor Garvey

Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchanting presence a totally engaging storyteller.
His easy-going style and memorable melodies support lyrics that project the depth and sincerity that Connor projects as an observer and portrayer of the human heart.
This combination of exquisite songwriting and powerful performance earned Garvey numerous awards, including being named winner of the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, SolarFest, Wildflower Art and Music Festival and Maine Songwriters Association songwriting competitions, voted as Most Wanted Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, nominated for Best Male Performer in the New England Music Awards, and a top new singer-songwriter by Sirius XM's The Coffeehouse.
Project members who've seen Connor love Connor. Get ready, Getaway. The next generation of classic talent has arrived, and you'll get to hear him up close this May.
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photo of Dave Nachnamoff Dave Nachnamoff

Dave Nachnamoff is a one-man wrecking crew, a singer-songwriter of rare humor and subtlety, a top-national-level guitarist, a thrilling pianist, and a great vocalist. His broad range of styles reaches from quiet, sensitive and touching to upbeat folk-pop to Tin Pan Alley and jazz, and then over to blues and rock, and then back again. He's earned fame as a solo performer and as the the guitar genius behind Al Stewart's (Year of the Cat) concert tours. Over the course of a dozen albums and countless concerts, he has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Forbert, Firefall, and John Wesley Harding (among many others), at venues ranging from The Bottom Line to the Glastonbury Festival. He's also paid his dues in myriad classrooms across the United States, sharing his talents and nurturing the next generation of budding troubadours.
SingOut! has praised his "heartfelt, inspired songwriting ... with a delivery both biting and assured," but that's only the tip of the Nachmanoff critical iceberg. Just Plain Folks honored him with the 2001 Songwriter of the Year award, he was a finalist in the 2011 USA Songwriting Competition, and for five consecutive years he was always in the mix for the top songwriting award in the South Florida Folk Festival before finally winning Best Overall in 2002.
Dave is the real deal - a talented, good-hearted, funny, compassionate, and sincere performer and songwriter. It took us a while to get him at Getaway, but we finally got him. We're thrilled.
     
Ryanhood

Ryanhood was names Best Group/Duo in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards. Cameron Hood's rich and folky lead vocals and Ryan Green's explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, combined with their airtight harmonies, have made them one of the most requested acts for colleges across the country.
Ryanhood conveys a positive message of hope, acceptance, change, growth, and a better understanding of the lessons life brings. They have an energetic blend of folk and pop, with the courage and sense to be open-hearted and with the optimism and outlook of a positive spin.
Over the past decade Cameron and Ryan have performed over 800 shows in 45 U.S. states, and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and have even been tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres. They've won more than a dozen Tucson music awards, including Best Folk Band and Best Rock Band. Rock band? They're acoustic dynamite. But rock band?
Ryanhood is a rare West Coast treat that's been making their way East more and more. We're lucky and happy to have them at the Spring Getaway.
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photo of Gina Forsyth Gina Forsyth

New Orleans-based Gina Forsyth is an award-winning singer/songwriter, known for her wizardry on fiddle and guitar. Her unique alto voice is soulful, unpretentious, and cuts straight to the heart. She's got a wicked sense of humor, and her live performances at clubs and festivals are legendary.
Born in Florida, raised in Alabama, Gina grew up on hymns, country songs and old-time fiddling. She moved to New Orleans to study classical and jazz violin, but then the Cajun bug bit her, and the rest is folk music history.
Here awards include Emerging Songwriter Winner at the Napa Valley Music Festival, People's Choice Folk Winner for New Orleans' Offbeat Magazine, New Folk Finalist at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, and when she ventured East, an Emerging Artist award at the 2015 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Her latest CD, Promised Land, was a Top 50 finalist for Best Folk Album for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards - no small honor.
We have scoured the country to bring you the best acoustic music in the USA. Our candidate from the fine State of Louisiana will blow your mind.
     
The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

Heather Pierson is an amazing talent, as comfortable and adept with bluegrass as she is with folk and jazz. Her gorgeous, rich vocals, her mesmerizing work on piano, guitar, and tenor banjo, and her insightful, soul-baring songwriting will leave you breathless and aching for more. She's one of the sweetest, nicest people you've ever met, but on stage she transforms into a world-class performer, an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life’s work is to share her love of music and of life with others – one song, one heart, one mind at a time. Prepare to be transformed and overwhelmed by her and her equally-amazing band.
The Trio burst upon the national folk scene in 2015 with four singles – FOUR!! – in the Top 10 Folk radio charts, and they have catapulted Heather's live performances of her deep well of Americana originals with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. Their intense touring schedule includes concert halls, barrooms, festivals, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms, churches, and ultimately our own Minstrel Concert series, where the acclaim and praise they universally received among our usually-taciturn community cognoscente was sung to the tune of “Get Them for Getaway.” Happily, we did, and your gonna love ‘em
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photo of Christine DeLeon Christine DeLeon

Christine DeLeon is an astounding vocalist, a skillful songwriter, and a consummate musical communicator. The impact of her pure and impressive voice is immediate and transportive. The range of emotions she instills in every note in every song for every audience is expansive and frequently thrilling.
Christine's extensive performance experience includes The Borderline, Hurdy Gurdy, Sanctuary Concerts, Minstrel Concerts, The Knowlton Riverfest, the New Jersey Folk Festival, the Madison Holiday Arts Festival Hillside Cafe, Cafe Zed, WFDU of Fairleigh Dickinson, WMSC of Montclair State University, WPRB of Princeton University, and Horses Sing None of It television show and our own Acoustic Getaway.
Christine DeLeon's contributions to the Folk Project as a board member, chairperson, volunteer and leader are extensive and significant. Her impact on our organization and our community is profound. The support, time and energy she devotes to the Getaway are large, meaningful and beyond important. It is an absolute honor and joy for us to present this exceedingly talented member of the Folk Project and The Getaway Gang.
     
Roia Rafieyan

Roia Rafieyan has the vocal stylings of a Carole King or a Joni Mitchell, and the quirky songwriting style of a Christine Lavin or a Dar Williams. She is a beacon of positive energy in a bleak world, shining through the lens of a delightful complainer with a sincere and generous heart. Roia has learned a valuable lesson in life: "If you can't laugh at yourself, for God's sake, pay a therapist until you can.
Roia's music springs from her work as a music therapist, a passion reflected in her lyrics and point of view as a songwriter. She is a strong advocate for those who cannot always speak for themselves and a defender of the underdog.
Her voice is calming, delicately layered, with an easy gentleness and clearly-rooted personal strength, full of emotion, and a true understanding of what suffering can be. Her music is deceptively simple. You can detect the jazzy influence in her chord progressions, the folky flavor of her rhythms, and the classic rock influence all merged together into a new genre - Therapist Rock?
Roia Rafieyan is a North Jersey treasure and a profound and loving influence on our Folk Project and Getaway community. It is with the greatest of pride and maximum happiness that we present this most-excellent performer and friend.
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