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.
SELECTED TOURING EXPERIENCE
EUROPE, IRELAND & UK, (2015)
UK:The Maverick Americana Festival: Suffolk; Kiss The Sky: London; What’s Cookin’: London; Filey Library: Scarborough; Bridge End: Wales; String Theory: Hawick; Hebredian Celtic Festival: Scotland; The Old Brewery: Inverness. IRELAND: Abner’s Barber Shop: Dublin; The Sitting Room Session De Barra’s: Clonakilty; The Galway Fringe Festival: Galway; McGings: Westport; Anchorage Bar: Carrick-on-Shannon; The Cobblestones: Dublin. EUROPE:Telemark Festivalen: Norway; A Maze in Tchaiovna: Czech Republic; Zdar nad Sazavou: Czech Republic, Breclav U Kapra: Czech Republic; Valasske Mezirici: Czech Republic; PiecArt Acoustic Jazz Club: Poland; Koprivnice: Czech Republic; Veseli nad Moravou: Czech Republic; Prima Vista Music Bar: Switzerland.
AUSTRALIA & USA/CANADA (July, 2016)
AUSTRALIA (NSW, QUEENSLAND, MELBOURNE:Illawara Folk Club: Wollongong; The Shack: Narrabeen: Hotel Blue: Katoomba; Nabiac; The Merry Muse, The Retreat Hotel, Tradwinds: Newcastle; Hump Hall: Allambie; The Bug: Brisbane; The Bearded Lady: Brisbane; Ground Control Coffee: Tweed Heads; The Treehouse: Byron Bay; Nundle Memorial Hall: Nundle; Troubadour Folk Club: Woy Woy; Wingham, The Gasoline Pony: Sydney; The Manley Fig: Sydney. USA: CameroN: North Carolina; Isis Music Hall: Asheville, North Carolina; Mount Airy: North Carolina; Bobbie's Idle Hour: Nashville; The Family Wash: Nashville; Visionary Heights: Houston, Texas; Seabrook: Texas; Dry County Concerts: Eastland Texas; Wine and Song: South Pasadena; California, Pixar: Oakland, California; Cloverdale: California; The Weary Traveler: Wisconsin; Uncommon Ground, Chicago. CANADA:The Blackbird Café: Edmonton; Borduex Farm: Strathmore; The Underground Café: Saskatoon.
SELECTED DISTINCTIONS AND 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), PMN FINALIST, (2016) - Peoples Music Network (Songs for Freedom & Struggle), FAI FIRST TIMER SCHOLARSHIP, (2014) - Folk Alliance International, Kansas City.
SELECTED ALBUM REVIEWS
fROOTS MAGAZINE (UK) - "powerful narrative ballads of real-life events." COUNTRY STANDARD (USA) - “Brings a modern sensibility to songs that lie deep in our musical genes.” SMALL TIME RADIO SHOW (USA).
VARIOUS: UNDERCURRENTS (2001), INNUDATIONS (2002); VINCENT CROSS (2002); HOME AWAY FROM HOME (2008); A TOWN CALED NORMAL (2013); OLD SONGS FOR MODERN FOLK (2016).
SELECTED RECENT BLURBS:
“Like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie before him, Cross re-purposes the structures and themes of traditional songs to create highly resonant new ones.” —fRoots Magazine-UK
“Folk music at its best.” —www.rootstime.be
“Brings a modern sensibility to songs that lie deep in our musical genes” (Country Standard Time)
“Captures the spirit and methodology of the great tradition of troubadours..."- WCOM (The Revolution Starts Now)
“Echoes the great folk performers of the past while retaining his own voice and approach to songwriting ”- Gentlefolk2 (UK).
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)