Caroline Cotter & Michael Howard and Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes

You hear it over and over, “Don’t quit your day job!” but that’s just what Caroline Cotter did at the start of 2015 when she released her national debut album, Dreaming as I Do. Receiving national recognition, the album reached #5 on the Folk DJ charts in February, with the second most played song of the month, Bella Blue.

Since the album's release, Caroline has been on the road touring non-stop throughout the US and Europe, playing over 200 shows a year in venues from Club Passim in Boston, MA to the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon. She has shared the stage with Loudon Wainwright III, David Wilcox, and Dan Bern, played festivals including 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Boston, Al Ras Festival in Barcelona, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York, and showcased at the Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance Conference as well as the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.

Music has always been at the heart of Caroline’s life, alongside an insatiable passion for travel and global exploration. In the past fifteen years, Caroline has lived in and traveled to 28 countries on five continents. While writing and recording Dreaming as I Do, she spent time working for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Portland, Maine as well as teaching yoga throughout the city and at camps, conferences, and retreats. Both provided amazing opportunities for international community and travel, and further inspired Caroline’s songwriting.

Prior to living in Maine, Caroline spent time working in France, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, studying yoga in India, and traveling in South America. In addition to writing songs in English, she sings in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Sanskrit, and is always looking for beautiful ways to bring the world to her audience and to connect interculturally through her music. With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline’s music takes you all over the world: from a Parisian salon, to an Indian ashram, to a bluegrass festival campfire, to the depths of the human heart.

Dreaming as I Do, Caroline’s first national release, showcases original compositions from her time exploring the globe; leaving home, coming back, leaving love, coming back, and the questions and observations that arise throughout the ongoing Journey.

In addition to performing solo, Caroline also performs with Maine-based bluegrass/folk band, The Gather Rounders, as well as 5-piece swing group, C.C. & The Swing Set. She is currently booking tour dates nationally and internationally in support of her latest release while working on a new album set to release in 2017.

Caroline Cotter

Born and raised in the wilds of Alaska, Michael Howard's award winning songwriting and stories share the tales and fierceness of his homeland. "Remember the first time you encountered Steve Goodman, John Prine, Steve Forbert, Nick Drake, or Jesse Winchester? That's how I feel listening to Howard—as if I've discovered the real deal, a one-of-a-kind singer who also loves words and knows how to put them together in memorable ways." - Jeff Burger, No Depression

Michael Howard

Jes Raymond's songs connect the day-to-day with the muses of wonder and myth. They draw from the deep well of American Roots music for a modern sound that has a light-hearted rusticity, elegance, and soul. The Blackberry Bushes fall somewhere between Stevie Nicks, Gillian Welch, and The Infamous Stringdusters.

An award winning bluegrass & Americana band that is in moments haunting and in others: an all out revival. With a rotating cast of believers, Jes Raymond and Jakob Breitbach simultaneously honor the genius of tradition and innovation. Skillful flatpicking interlocks soundscapes with virtuosic fiddle improvisation and top-shelf songwriting.

We are excited to perform and workshop with the Brushwood community this Summer. We've been touring as The Blackberry Bushes for over 10 years, nationally and internationally. Sirius Rising in a special place in-time and we look forward to sharing our music there this year.

An award-winning bluegrass & Americana band that is in moments haunting and in others: an all out revival. With a rotating cast-of-believers, Jes Raymond and Jakob Breitbach simultaneously honor the genius of tradition and innovation. Skillful flatpicking interlocks soundscapes with virtuosic fiddle chops, improvisation and top-shelf songwriting.

Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes

7pm doors – 8pm show | $10 adv. – $12 day of

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