Rising New York singer-songwriter Angela Elia has been compared to Adele meets Tracey Chapman, but two generations after Duke Ellington declared her great grandfather Paul Whiteman the “King Of Jazz”. This soulful folk artist is carving out her own space in the landscape of contemporary music with honest poetic lyrics, evocative melodies and a powerful angelic voice.
Siobahn Hotaling is a poet and singer-songwriter. After receiving her B.A. in Creative Writing and Poetry, she then focused on music and performance for many years, releasing 2 albums of honest, heartfelt, and vulnerable original songs and playing for audiences across the northeast. More recently she has returned to focusing on poetry, performing at such venues as Bowery Poetry and Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and is working on her first book of collected poems.
Siobahn’s passion for expression, vulnerability, and collaboration, along with over 20 years of experience as a writer and performer, inspired her to become one of the founders of the New York Artists Collective.
- February 20th 2017: Dixon Place, In The Round
- July 17th 2017 Dixon Place Hot! Festival “Out and Onstage”
Hailing originally from Edinburgh, this americana/country songstress now calls New York her home. Following her recent albums going from strength to strength and gaining fans in the UK and beyond, she is in the big apple writing, performing, and has recently been recording her new EP in Nashville at Zac Brown’s studio, Southern Ground.
Steph met Siobahn and then Angela and wanted to put together a songwriters circle to give an audience a chance to get closer to the creative process and create a space for artists to come together in a community. They performed together at Dixon Place in New York and thus the Artist Collective was born!
- February 20th 2017: Dixon Place, In The Round
- September 8th 2017 Songwriters Circle: The Scottish Show
Mindy Raf is a comedian, actress, writer and musician based in Brooklyn, New York who has contributed to MTV’s GIRL CODE, COLLEGEHUMOR, TNT, VH1, The Daily Comedy Network, and the MY PARENTS WERE AWESOME anthology.
Her comedy and writing have received accolades from BUST MAGAZINE (“we walked out holding on to our ribs from laughing so hard”), PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (“refreshing”), and BCCB (“pitch-perfect”), among others.
Her debut young adult novel The Symptoms of My Insanity (Penguin) is out now, and her critically acclaimed solo comedy show KEEPING MY KIDNEYS will be making its international debut at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Gilded Balloon’s Rose Theatre.
KEEPING MY KIDNEYS was named “LBGT Best Bet” -Time Out New York, “hilariously quirky” – Theatre Is Easy, “relatable and witty” – GO Magazine, and “a whole new level of comedy greatness” – HyReviews. You can catch the next show run at 59e59 Theater in July 19, 22, 23. For more info: KeepingMyKidneys.com
TIIDES – CHRISTIANA CHAVEZ
Tiides is more than just a musical endeavor; it’s a lifestyle choice. The metaphor beyond the band name highlights the fact that life is full of tides, things that ebb and flow. The music crafted by Christiana Chavez seeks to honor such. Tiides, circa 2015, began as an acoustic escape for Chavez, moving from one metropolis (Las Vegas) to another (NYC). Performing as a single entity is an identity Tiides embodies, yet space is held for other artists to step in and take presence. In 2017, Tiides as a live production is a charismatic coupling of guitar and percussion, with recordings boasting well-rounded cello parts that complement the magic created.
Glasgow based singer-songwriter John Rush, with his ‘folk tinged pop songs’ has played some of Glasgow greatest venues including King Tuts, The o2 Academy, Barrowlands and the Royal Concert Hall.
Through the years he’s racked up some highly acclaimed support slots with Ocean Colour Scene, Mark Morris and Paul Weller.
John is no stranger to New York having showcased “The Anna E.P” here in 2014 and we are delighted to have him as part of the NYAC family.
He may call Hudson home, but Lorkin O’Reilly’s music exudes the Scottish terrain from whence he recently came with naught but a guitar on his back, a head full of song, and hands schooled in UK folk avatars John Martyn and Nick Drake.
Having shared the stage with many people in numerous settings Ryan has taken his own road, from theatre to live sound, and infused many genres – echoing tasteful reggae beats with soulful melodic passages. Starting out as a solo artist and continuing today he continues to make audiences want more, showcasing his playful and humble spirit. Ryan has shared the stage with a few great artists. Most notably Damien Rice, Patti Larkin, and some great names from Broadway.
Matt Butler is a folk artist, a rock’n roller, and a storyteller. Weaving personal experience with a timeless style, Butler brings honesty and openness to his classic approach to songwriting.
Butler’s debut album Reckless Son was released to critical acclaim on Sept. 9th, 2016. Immediately following the release, Butler wrote and performed ‘Just One’, the original song for the feature length and nationally distributed documentary Generation Found.
Butler has spent the past year on the road supporting both the film and the album, performing everywhere from The Paramount Theater in Los Angeles to the steps of numerous State Capital buildings. Butler’s also credits recently expanded to include his first ever ‘Behind The Walls’ Tour, where he performed in State Prisons all across Ohio.