DAVID LAMOTTE is an award-winning songwriter, speaker and writer. He has performed over 3000 concerts and released twelve full-length CDs of primarily original music, touring in all fifty states, as well as five continents. The Boston Globe writes that his music “pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics and unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition”, while BBC Radio Belfast lauds his “charm, stories, humour, insightful songs, sweet voice and dazzling guitar ability”.
Touring full-time for over twenty-five years, LaMotte has developed a large and loyal following around the world. His music has been honored with numerous awards and artist grants, and has been featured on dozens of artist compilations. Notably, his song Dark and Deep was included on Songs Inspired By Literature, Chapter One, a benefit CD to raise money for adult literacy. Other artists on that CD include Suzanne Vega, Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen. Several independent films feature David’s music, and it has been heard on the Today Show and the Showtime television series This American Life.
BETH WOOD is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.
CHRIS ROSSER is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer and producer. As a solo performer, he has opened shows for folk and pop luminaries such as John Mayer, Tom Rush, David Wilcox, Shawn Mullins, John Gorka, Nickel Creek and more. He has released four solo singer-songwriter recordings, Archaeology (1998), The Holy Fool (2000), Hidden Everywhere (2006) and A Thousand Hands (2014). Rosser illustrates his talent as an instrumentalist and composer in the world fusion trio Free Planet Radio. He plays the Indian dotar, sarod, Turkish cumbus oud, melodica, piano and guitar on their two CD releases: New Bedouin Dance (2004) and The Unraveling (2008). He also tours internationally as the keyboardist with master Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and plays piano, guitar and oud in Grammy-winning flute virtuoso Rhonda Larson’s ensemble, Ventus. In 2014, he toured with Ventus for 35 shows in the top concert halls of the People’s Republic of China. Rosser has won songwriting contests at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the Merle Watson Festival, showcased twice at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was a New Folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival. As a recipient of the 1999 WNC Regional Artists grant, he continued his studies of Hindustani classical music and the sarod (a 25-string fretless Indian lute) with world famous Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael, CA. In 2003, he was awarded a prestigious songwriter/composer fellowship from the NC Arts Council. Chamber Music America awarded him and Free Planet Radio a grant in 2014 to compose and perform a three movement piece for the trio plus string quartet. Rosser earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami School of Music where he studied jazz piano and studio recording.
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