2016 New Voices Emerging Artists Showcase

newvoices.jpgWe are pleased to announce this year’s winners of the second annual Golden Link New Voices - Emerging Artists Showcase. Fifteen highly competitive artists – consisting of groups, duos, and solo acts – were reviewed by a panel of five jurors. Three winners were chosen to perform in The New Voices showcase, which will be presented on the main stage at the 2016 Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Saturday, September 10, from 4–5:30 pm. Congratulations to all the winners! 

Here they are, in no particular order:  

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Wendy Ramsay

(The 2016 Winners!)

Rodgers___Ramsey.jpgJeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Song-writing Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/Song-writer Wendy Ramsay in this dynamic folk-rock duo. Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extra-ordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix. 

Based in upstate New York, the Syracuse duo collaborated on Rodgers’ latest album, “Almost There,” which won the Sammy Award for Best Americana. They were selected to perform, with the full JPR Band, in the 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and were featured on the public radio program Folk Alley. 

Austin MacRae

Austin_McCrae.jpgAustin MacRae is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY.  His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015.  Austin has played at numerous venues around Central NY, including he Ithaca Festival, Homer Center for the Arts, Moosewood Restaurant, The Nines, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic, and Funk 'n Waffles.  He was recently invited to open for Cozy Sheridan at The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA, early next year.  MacRae's original music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity and sensitive finger-picking.  

John Sonntag

John_Sonntag.jpgFrom rust-belt roots to the industrial monuments and indie-music hotbeds of Hoboken, New Jersey, John Sonntag has been to points all along the folk, rock and outdoor festival circuit.  The singer-songwriter has gone from valued session player and onstage sideman to sought-after producer and prized solo performer with hits-in-the-making.  His warm, bell-like voice and his agile masterly guitar, lead listeners to the high spirit and humanity of his compelling stories, from hopeful starts to dead ends and second chances. Sonntag knows the American mythology of the beckoning, endless road, and thinks it over with an uncommonly sharp and sympathetic eye for what’s on the horizon and what gets left behind. 

"New Voices" is sponsored by Bernunzio Uptown Music