SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASE
FAI 2021

JOHN SMITH

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Smith was born in Essex and raised on the Devon seaside. Known for his intimate songwriting, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, he has spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify. As a session musician he has played guitar with artists as diverse as Joan Baez, David Gray, Joe Henry, Lianne La Havas and Tom Jones.

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MISTY RIVER

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Based in London with roots in the West Coast of Ireland and the US, Misty River (fronted by songwriter and Carmen Phelan) combine harmonic vocals intertwined with dobro, fiddle andelectric guitar, alongside songwriting rooted in classic Americana, Roots and Blues. Upcoming album 'Promises ' was produced by long term collaborator Adam Morley and finished in Nashville with six time Grammy winner Vance Powell.

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CARDBOARD FOX

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Cardboard Fox are a unique and powerful combination of dexterous instrumental playing, memorable songwriting and energetic live shows. All four musicians have their musical roots in bluegrass but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. The band has toured throughout the UK and Europe as well as a couple of performances in North America, including being the first ever UK band to gain a highly sought after showcase spot at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2016 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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LAUREN HOUSLEY

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Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Lauren Housley independently released her first two albums, Sweet Surrender in 2015 and The Beauty of This Life in 2017, quickly garnering acclaim from fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Lauren's 3rd album will be released on 23rd April through her own label Lovebird recordings.

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