Featured Performer: Jillian Matundan
Jillian Matundan is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter who returned to music in 2018 after a fifteen year break. The winner of twelve Mid-Atlantic Song Contest awards, she has been winning awards and audiences with her unique guitar style and warm vocals. In 2020, she released her debut EP, “Hangin’ On”. She is releasing her first full-length and fully crowd-funded album in March 2024.
Featured Performer: Heather Aubrey Lloyd
For two decades, Heather Aubrey Lloyd has travelled the country playing anywhere that might make a good story: bait shops, biker weeks … even clothing-optional resorts. A recovering reporter whose love of the journey evolved into equally adventurous songwriting. Pat Wictor hails her “sing-me-the-phone-book” voice. “Janis Joplin meets Joni Mitchell,” says the Montgomery Caller. Comfortable in any genre, Lloyd blends folky finger-picked guitar with lyrical rhythms/hand percussion influenced by Baltimore’s diverse music scene. Best known as the co-front of ilyAIMY, Lloyd’s recent solo efforts are gaining national recognition: Falcon Ridge Folk Fest Most-Wanted Artist, National Women’s Music Fest Emerging Artist, and more.
Featured Performer: Friction Farm
Modern-folk duo Friction Farm, is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay, combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. Their lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, and South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter winners. Friction Farm’s latest CD, “Evidence of Hope ” , which reached #10 on the Folk Radio Chart, was inspired by the collision of strong political polarity with personal kindness, the intersection of fragility and breathtaking beauty. Somehow Friction Farm nurtured hope through a pandemic.
Featured Performer: Julie Grower
Julie Grower is a Nashville-based Folk/Americana singer-songwriter and a recipient of two Billboard Achievement awards for songwriting. She has released two albums, In a New Light and Lucky 7, which includes “Hometown Hallelujah”. The song was originally written to celebrate the resilience and cooperative spirit of the people of Nashville, TN in the wake of catastrophic flooding in May 2010 and has been chosen as the theme song for author Michael Klein’s new spoken word podcast The Voice of Free Earth. Her song “Down Here” was recently showcased by Alive Hospice as a song of healing for those affected by grief. She is currently working on a song series devoted to animals with a focus on endangered species.