Designed to introduce Golden Link audiences to emerging local and regional acoustic folk musicians, “New Voices” is a juried competition.
Selected musicians will be invited to perform a 20-minute set on the main stage at the 44th Turtle Hill Folk Festival, during the day on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 1–2:45 pm.
The winner of the “Audience Favorite” (selected at the concert) will have the opportunity to perform during Sunday afternoon’s Grand Finale concert.
And … a drum roll please … the four finalists are: Tough Old Bird, Matthew Cochran, The Brothers Blue, and The Lonely Ones. (See below for their bios.)
"New Voices" is sponsored by Bernunzio Uptown Music
Tough Old Bird
From Fillmore, NY, and featuring the songwriting brothers Matt and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays a potent blend of folk and blues that reflects the rural landscape it comes from – a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town. Their music features Matt Corrigan’s intricate acoustic guitar work and the voice and nimble harmonica playing of Nathan Corrigan. Tough Old Bird released its debut album, Never to Return in 2014, and is currently touring in support of its follow-up, the live Barn Sessions EP.
Trained in classical guitar performance at the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University, Matthew Cochran gained early success with the critically acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet, performing in prestigious international festivals and concert halls alongside luminaries of the guitar world such as Pepe Romero, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Kazuhito Yamashita. Since leaving Tantalus Quartet, Cochran has embarked on a journey of musical self-discovery that explores the richness and diversity of the American diaspora: jazz, bluegrass, Country Western, the great American songwriters from the Tin Pan Alley to Sondheim, and ultimately the plaintive traditional music of his native Appalachia.
The Brothers Blue
In 1998, schoolmates Ben Haravitch and Matt Sperber began learning songs together on an acoustic guitar and have been playing and writing music together ever since. During the spring of 2015, they got together with fellow folk musician and fiddle player, Charlie Coughlin. So excited by the sound they forged, Benny, Matthew, and Charlie Blue got together in Ben’s barn to record a live demo of three of their original songs. They strive to achieve a sound that represents the fascinating landscape and history of their homeland, performing original and American traditional folk songs throughout the Buffalo, Rochester, and Finger Lakes regions.
The Lonely Ones
Formed as a duo in Rochester, NY, in 2010 and now expanded to a four-piece band, The Lonely Ones play original folk that combines compelling songwriting and tight harmonies. They have a sound resonant of the American countryside, wide open and rich with storytelling. The Lonely Ones have appeared in upstate NY at the 2013 and 2014 Rochester Fringe Fest, Lovin' Cup Bistro, Sticky Lips BBQ, New York State Fair, Corn Hill Arts Festival, Tango Cafe, Clothesline Arts Festival, and Water Street Music Hall, among others.