Vincent Cross exemplifies the folk music tradition by writing and performing 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. His respect for authentic mountain sounds and styles brought him to the attention of folk legend Odetta, and his adaptations of various roots styles distinguishes his distinct repertoire, as it draws on rare old tunes discovered in the field, and even more obscure recordings found on dusty record shelves. He has performed for and shared the stage with Glen Hansard, Chris Thile, Richard Buckner, and folk legend Odetta.
"powerful narrative ballads of real-life events"
“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)
DISTINCTIONS & AWARDS:
QAF New Works Grantee (2018), Suzi Wollenberg Showcase (2016), #2 Album Folk DJ Charts (2016), PMN Finalist, NERFA (2016), FAI First Timer Scholarship (2014).
FESTIVALS & CONVENTIONS:
Song lives Series: Irish Arts Center, NYC 2016
South Florida Folk Festival 2016
Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival Austin, Texas 2015
TelemarkFestivalen, Norway 2015
The Maverick Americana Festival, UK 2015
Hebridean Celtic Festival, Scotland 2015
International Folk Alliance, Kansas City 2014/2015
North Eastern Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) New York 2013-2016