This year’s performers will be:
Ryan Fitzsimmons, Danielle Miraglia, Tom Bianchi, and Laurence Scudder.
See artist info below.
Ryan Fitzsimmons has steadily built a reputation as one of the Northeast's most compelling songwriters.
Over the past 10 years Ryan has woven his way throughout New England, creating a strong presence in a number of the local music scenes. While living in Providence RI, the Providence Phoenix awarded him the title of Best Male Vocalist. Ryan was also the founder of the AS220 Sunday Songwriters Series which continues to this day. Upon relocating to the Boston area Ryan has become a fixture in the Americana scene with regular appearances at venerable Cambridge venues such as Club Passim, the Lizard Lounge and Toad. This all has proved to be fertile ground for his latest release "Cold Sky", produced by David "Goody" Goodrich (Chris Smither, Peter Mulvey). He is now poised to let the rest of the country in on a secret his loyal New England following has know for quite sometime; that Ryan Fitzsimmons shows are a powerhouse event, compelling, and genre defying as his songwriting.
Ryan and his band entered the Signature Sounds studio for a series of sessions, yielding fantastic results. With an outpouring of support from his fan base via a kickstarter campaign, "Cold Sky" has just been released. Showcasing all sides of his talent, from the catchy bluegrass tinged hook of "I Don't Want to Wait", to the dark electrically-bent melancholy of "Cigarettes", this album is a journey. It takes us through dark shadows of grief and regret, to the simple resolve that there is nothing better than creating music in a room with your friends. This record is a documentation, recorded mostly live, of what Ryan's been doing on stage for years; pouring every ounce of his being into each note.
Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica.
Raised just outside of Boston in Revere, MA, where its famous beach is better known for girls with big hair than its history as a popular tourist attraction, Danielle was raised on a variety of popular music, from her parent's Motown records to the classic rock influences like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin that encouraged her to learn to play guitar at thirteen. A passion for the arts and an outstanding gift for writing lead her to Emerson College in Boston's downtown theater district. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing, she put her writing skills, originally intended for novels, towards songwriting and began performing at open mike nights in the Boston area. This set in motion what would become a full-time career in music.
In 2001, she released her debut EP "Bad Poetry," followed by a second release "Just Wrong Enough" in 2002. From there the songs poured out and the gigs flowed in. She began headlining some of the most renowned blues and folk music venues in Boston, toured major cities from north to south and beyond, while earning street cred vigorously busking the streets of Harvard Square. Her follow up "Nothing Romantic" was a breakthrough for Miraglia as a serious songwriting force, who could put into words what so many feel - a true explorer of the complexities of the human condition.
"Box of Troubles" combines Danielle's blues edge with great songwriting and highlights this better than any of her previous releases. "She’s an up and coming blues woman who doesn't hide behind a huge band -- they're here but she is definitely front and center with her in-your-face attitude. Combine that with her hot acoustic slide guitar and a voice with a Janis Joplin edge and you've got some great tunes that even a hardcore Robert Johnson fan will love."
Armed with a 4 string bass a quick wit and an entertainment value that is uniquely all his own, Tom Bianchi as a solo artist or a band leader never lets an audience down with his ability to eclectically adapt to any situation.
Tom Bianchi has made himself a well known icon of the music scene in Boston area as well as all throughout New England. Sharpening his teeth as a subway musician, and as part of the prestigious Quincy Market Street Performer’s program, he has played stages from the humble Park Street Train Station to historic Club Passim in Harvard Square and The Somerville Theater on many occasions.
These days as a soloist Tom performs at many club venues and house concert series and also enjoys his weekly haunt at The Burren in Somerville where he is often joined by special guests.
Laurence picked the viola after a school assembly when he was in the fourth grade. He's been in love ever since.
Groomed as a classical player, Laurence toured internationally with the Long Island Youth Orchestra playing music on every continent save Antarctica by the age of 19. Attending Skidmore College in 1995, he was ready for a break from orchestras. Influenced by several close friends, he listened to albums and bootlegs of nearly any music he could get his hands and ears on. During this time, he discovered he could electrify his viola and bought his first wah pedal. Everything opened up.
Laurence moved to Burlington, VT after college and continued to experiment with his own sound. While there he played in a singer/songwriter project with guitar, sitar and tabla. Simultaneously, he was working as a middle school string teacher as well as in a local string shop.
In 2001, Laurence moved to Somerville, MA. A friend took him to an open mic night where he was introduced to many local singer/songwriters. These would become some of his best friends and most frequent collaborators. From 2003 to the close of 2010 Laurence toured with the Ryan Montbleau Band covering the United States, USVI and parts of Canada. They averaged 200 shows per year, playing venues from dive bars and coffee shops to festivals and old theaters. Amidst their ambitious touring, the band recorded three studio albums during this time. In 2010 they were recruited to both open for and back Martin Sexton for his entire Sugarcoating tour, playing beautiful venues and notable festivals such as The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo, as well as opening several shows for the Dave Matthews Band.
Laurence shifted his life from the road back to Somerville, MA in early 2011. Currently, he plays with local acts Brothers McCann, Dietrich Strause, Danielle Miraglia, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Erik White, The Blue Ribbons, Session Americana, Samantha Farrell and more. Although an adept sideman, Laurence is now writing his own material which he performs with his band Spotted Tiger. You can find him most nights gigging around Boston.