May 20, 4-6 p.m.
Pam Temple and Spencer Funk of Wild Carrot met through music, married and began performing full-time together in 2000. They were quickly voted “Best Folk Act” in their hometown of Cincinnati and have since crisscrossed the country pleasing audiences with their eclectic mix of award-winning original songs, traditional tunes, swing, blues and more, being chosen twice as the only U.S. Folk Act to serve as Cultural Ambassador to Chile, South America with the U.S. State Department. Their original and eclectic style is probably best described as American Roots Music.
May 27, 4-6 p.m.
Cincinnati-based Ma Crow & Co. (formerly known as Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers) is one of the region’s musical treasures. The trio consists of Ma Crow, Margie Drees, and Vicki Abbott (with occasional guest artists), and each member of the group brings years of experience to their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time, and contemporary music. Ma Crow has roots ranging from Eastern Tennessee to the Ohio River Valley, and her lifetime immersion in the musical traditions of the region results in a special authenticity and enthusiasm that connects with the hearts of the group’s many fans.
June 10, 4-6 p.m.
Chris Collier is one of Cincinnati's best singer-songwriters. She has produced nine CDs to high acclaim in the local press. Her most recent release, "Love Answers Loudly," is a reflective and impressive production of original songs and features two beloved covers delivered in the unique and imitable Chris Collier style.
Aug. 5, 4-6 p.m.
Tracy Walker has long been known as one of Cincinnati’s fiercest and most cherished singer-songwriters. Just as palpable as her ringing alto and her estimable guitar skills, there is a blazing honesty that runs through Tracy’s work. She has been the recipient of two CAMMY Awards (Cincinnati Enquirer), 2 CEA Awards (Cincinnati CityBeat Newspaper) and the prestigious Taft Museum of Art Duncanson Artist in Residency Honor among other awards celebrating her achievements in music. She has also opened shows for legends Patty Labelle and the late Joe Cocker. Tracy doesn’t merely write and play a song, she crafts and inhabits it, as though the songs she sings are shelters from the emotional storms of the world, and sometimes Tracy’s songs are storms themselves, raging right back at the universal tempests we all face.
Aug. 19, 4-6 p.m.
For over 25 years, folk music has had an enthusiastic and dedicated voice in Charlie Mosbrook. His rich baritone voice and noteworthy guitar work highlight his performance of original and traditional folk songs. A native and resident of Northeast Ohio, Charlie began his career as a busker, performing familiar and original folk songs on street corners and subway platforms throughout the eastern US. Today, he travels the country sharing his original songs and many traditional songs that have shaped our collective musical history. He has performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on the same bill as CSN, Jewel, Iris Dement, David Bromberg, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Chris Whitley, Dan Bern and many others. His songwriting skill and mastery of the acoustic guitar have a way of reaching the hearts and souls of his audiences.
Sept. 16, 4-6 p.m.
We are especially excited to welcome Dianne Davidson and Deidre McCalla to the Backyard Stage.
Hailing from Nashville, Dianne Davidson is a true artist. A singer, songwriter, musician, producer and performer, Dianne’s style and range escape categorization, but her passion, depth and robust vocals never escape her audiences. Blues, rock, folk, even reggae -- she performs them all with brilliance and impels her listeners to participate by taking an emotional and musical journey that few are likely to forget. Her musical history includes five albums, three singles and a list of performing credits that vary from Linda Ronstadt to B.B. King, Jimmy Buffett to Tammy Wynette, Barry Manilow to Leon Russell. And, she has received rave reviews from virtually every major music publication in the country.
Joining us from Atlanta, Deidre McCalla is a much beloved performer in both folk and women's music circles and has shared the stage with a long list of notables that includes Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Holly Near, Odetta, Cris Williamson, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. With five critically acclaimed albums to her credit, Deidre McCalla remains the ever seeking road warrior, her words and music chronicling our strengths and weaknesses and celebrating the power and diversity of the human spirit. From the moment Deidre takes the stage, her engaging presence and irresistible blend of folk, country, rock, and pop seize the listeners by the heart and won't let go.