Michael Smith and Anne Hills
His songs are so resonant with layers of myth and magic and so perfectly enhanced by the genuine beauty of his melodies and instrumental arrangements that you can listen to a single one over and over for a whole day and feel happy.
Featured among a list of luminaries in Paul Zollo's 2016 book: "More Songwriters on Songwriting: (Da Capo Press), Michael Peter Smith is as productive as ever! He recently released "Songwriting," a CD recording that is part master class, part memoir. Recorded at WFMT Studio in Chicago. Songwriting was featured on the music program Sweet Folk Chicago, and is available at CD Baby. Michael has been singing, writing and touring in North America for over five decades. His songs of been recorded by artists the world over. His song The Dutchman is considered a classic in the folk lexicon. This self-taught musician is also an award-winning composer. As a now-beloved master in the folk music scene, Michael continues to deliver the goods. Time and again, audiences report an evening with him is an unforgettable appearance. As a soloist, Michael has been a program highlight at musical venues and at folk festivals from Kerrville, Texas to Shawano, WI and Toronto, CA. Michael's East Coast tours, both as a solo artist and in performance with Anne Hills, have brought him to folk venues and concert halls from Princeton, NJ to Cambridge, Mass.
Read more: http://www.jamieoreilly.com/about/michael-peter-smith/
Detailed bio for Michael here: http://michaelpetersmith.com/msbio.shtml
"Songwriting" CD: http://www.jamieoreilly.com/smith-songwriting-cd-mail/
Anne Hills is one of the most beloved voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances, her unique solo and collaborative recording projects, and her overall artistry and benefit work. Her song Follow That Road was the title cut of the Marthas Vineyard Songwriter Retreat and has been a certified folk classic since the late 1990s. Whether she is singing her own songs, the words of six-year-old Opal Whiteley, or her song settings of the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley; accompanied with her guitar, banjo, or simply a Tibetan bell, she puts her whole heart and soul into the moment. You wont want to miss a chance to hear her songs and stories in person. She tours extensively, winning over audiences with her warm, lively and humorous performances. The AllMusic Guide says, A stunning soprano tone has made Anne Hills one of contemporary musics premiere vocalists. Her knack for writing heartfelt songs [has] brought her to the upper echelon of her craft. And Tom Paxton says, Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that its understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Annes writing, in songs like Follow That Road and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters. Hear more from Anne at: www.annehills.com.
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