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Vincent Cross is a songmaker, composer, arranger, singer and multi-instrumentalist that exemplifies the folk music tradition by performing traditional & contemporary songs and ballads. Born in Ireland, raised in Australia, he was influenced by local traditional players in Ireland as well as inspired by the contemporary singer-songwriters he encountered on his travels through Europe, Australia and the United States. His respect for authentic traditional sources and styles brought him to the attention of folk legend Odetta, where he was asked to guest at a tribute concert in New York City in the summer of 2008. His adaptation of various roots styles distinguishes his own contemporary compositions by adapting & reimagining similar themes. He has performed for and shared the stage with host of artists including: Glen Hansard, Chris Thile, Richard Buckner, Odetta etc.

DISTINCTIONS & AWARDS

  • QAF NEW WORKS GRANTEE,  (2018) - Funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • SUZI WOLLENBERG SHOWCASE,  (2016)- North Eastern Regional Folk Alliance
  • #2 ALBUM FOLK DJ CHARTS, (April-2016), The Folk Radio Chart is hosted and supported by Folk Alliance International.
  • PMN FINALIST,  (2016) - Peoples Music Network (Songs for Freedom & Struggle).
  • FAI FIRST TIMER SCHOLARSHIP, (2014) - Folk Alliance International, Kansas City. 

BLURBS

"powerful narrative ballads of real-life events"  -fRoots Magazine(UK)

“Brings a modern sensibility to songs that lie deep in our musical genes” -Fred Smith, Country Standard Time (USA)

“Blends the old blues traditions of Mississippi Fred McDowell and Son House with the folk traditions of Dave Van Ronk and Tom Rush.” -John Sillberg, CKOL, Small Time Radio Show (USA)

“Captures the spirit and methodology of the great tradition of troubadours, blues and old-time vocalists, songsters and folk singers. He uses musical and lyrical tropes that have been transmitted across generations to create new songs addressing contemporary issues” -Art Menius, WCOM, The Revolution Starts Now (USA)

HIGHLIGHTED FESTIVALS & CONVENTIONS: 

Song lives Series: Irish Arts Center, (NYC) ; South Florida Folk Festival,  (Florida); Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, (Texas); Telemark Festivalen, (Norway);  The Maverick Americana Festival, (UK); Hebridean Celtic Festival, (Scotland);  International Folk Alliance, (Kansas City); North Eastern Regional Folk Alliance (New York)