202 S Broadway Ave
Urbana, IL 61802
The ingredients of Kyle Carey’s music include the songs of the American Folk Anthology, the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill, and the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland. Kyle’s debut album Monongah, produced by former Lùnasa guitarist Donogh Hennessy, rose to number eight this past summer on the Folk DJ charts, landing on a number of “Best of 2011” lists by year’s end. Her original songs draw heavily from the American folk tradition with influences from Cape Breton and Ireland, while her fluency in Scottish Gaelic makes for her own brand of “Gaelic Americana” music.
In 2006, Canada’s own David Francey chose New England songwriter/instrumentalist, Craig Werth, to serve as his accompanist/arranger and touring partner. They co-produced David’s “Right of Passage” earning a best album Juno in 2008. Performing his own songs in each of David’s shows over the years, Craig’s Folk and Americana based originals won the hearts and minds of Francey’s faithful across the globe. Newfoundland’s Jim Payne put it this way: “In recent years Craig Werth has been applying his considerable talents as a multi-instrumentalist to accompany Juno award-winning songwriter David Francey, but his naturally modest demeanor in that role belies the fact that he is a truly gifted songwriter in his own right. As an inspired musician and a perceptive and emotive writer, it is when he applies his musical prowess to his own songs that the depth of his artistry is revealed.” Werth accompanies himself most often with guitars, bouzouki, banjo, ukulele, and shruti box. He sings of home, relationships, childhood, lessons learned, his Newfoundland roots, and more, with great humility, warmth, insight, appreciation and humor.