2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners

Sycamore Creek House Concerts
Dripping Springs, Texas

Sunday, November 4th, 2017

3:00 pm
$20/person minimum donation


2017 New Folk Award Winners.  (left to right) - photo by Susan Roads

Mia Rose Lynne (Nashville, TN), Rachel Kilgour (Duluth, MN), Chris Moyse (Nashville, TN), Ingrid Graudins (Nashville, TN),  Winona Wilde (Toronto, ONT), Letitia VanSant (Baltimore, MD),

The Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition
There is a yearly competition every May at the Kerrville Folk Festival to discover promising new singer-songwriters called the New Folk Competition. Thirty-two finalists are selected from a field of up to 800 entries to share two of their original songs in an afternoon appearance on the stage of the Threadgill Theater during the Festival. From these 32 finalists, six Award Winners are selected by a small group of well-established performing songwriters. 

A win at Kerrville carries considerable prestige in the singer/songwriter community. This is in part due to the peer-professional judging and the festival’s long history of recognizing emerging artists who have later gone on to wider success. There have also been examples of notable performers who have appeared as finalists in the competition without ever earning a win.

2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners

Mia Rose Lynne (miaroselynn.com)  A northern California native, Mia grew up singing harmonies in the family western swing band and fell asleep in the Winnebago on summer nights to the sounds of campsite jamming at bluegrass festivals. She went on to pursue a career in musical theatre, touring nationally and internationally, and along the way, she found herself in Nashville, where her love for roots music resurfaced and the songs began to write themselves.  YouTube video of "january"  https://youtu.be/7Oyo25rAUdg

Rachel Kilgour (rachaelkilgour.com)  Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane.  Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shared stages with the likes of indie artists Haley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansky. "  YouTube video of "Welcome to America"  https://youtu.be/p6ilvjaA6Eo

Chris Moyse (chrismoysemusic.com)  Moyse grew up playing bars in the Rockwell-esque towns of New England but says he feels more at home in Nashville. “It’s that weird thing where I was stuck in limbo there for a bit when I moved down here. I hadn’t been exposed to the South and I had to get used to even just how friendly people are. But the culture, the sounds of the city and the people and the food and the music, really seeped into my bones and grabbed a hold of me. I think a lot of that comes through in my music now.”  YouTube video of  "Rain or Shine"  https://youtu.be/g-PGUNzxhFM

Ingrid Graudins (ingridg.com)     Ingrid is not able to join us for the tour, but we hope to have her CD available for sale at the concerts.

Winona Wilde (winonawilde.com) A child of Iraqi parents, she was born Noosa Al-Sarraj and became infatuated with playing classical music on piano at a young age. At the same time, her country music-loving nanny planted the seeds for her future devotion to artists like John Prine, Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn, and by her teens she discovered a natural ability to write songs in a similar style.  YouTube video of "Pop & Chips for the Apocalypse"  https://youtu.be/8pb2yG2eFns

Letitia VanSant (letitiavansant.com)  Upon weighing the power of music to move people, she left her nine-to- five job to become a musician. She hasn’t looked back since, and for good reason. She’s won a slew of awards and she’s graced the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and placed among the Top 10 listener-voted “Songs of the Year” by her local radio station WTMD.  YouTube Video of "Gut it to the Studs" 


These artists will play 2 one hour sets in the round.  The New Folk Award Winner concert has become one of the most popular concerts of our series so don't procrastinate in requesting reservations, as this one will more than likely sell out quickly. This concert will be the first of a 6 concert tour around Central Texas.

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You will receive a note from us within a few days of our receipt of your reservation request confirming that we received the request and indicating your status.   Final confirmations including logistics and specific directions are sent out about a week before the concert.  


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