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Award for Best Song, the Sundance Festival's World Cinema Audience Award, a TONY, and London's Olivier award for out-standing achievement in music. Hansard brings the heart and soul of the Irish backed by a powerful Folk-Rock horn band.

Hear musicians who create a captivating live show while developing a knack for evocative, disarming songcraft. The underground sensation has cultivated a legion of devoted fans entranced by their improvisational acumen and quality songwriting.

WGBY 57/HD
Sun Jan 12th, 12:00am

This native of South Africa who as a child moved to the U.S. is now a fiercely independent, DIY musician based in Boulder, CO. Influenced from a young age by Leonard Cohen, Kelly Joe Phelps and Bruce Springsteen, Isakov strikes that "balance of space and instrumentation," with lush flourishes-twirling strings, a loping banjo, ghostly pedal steel, solid yet restrained percussion. Precise arrangements with poignant and even devastating lyrics encourage a close listen and contemplation.

This folk-rock troubadour's work is steeped in the Texas songwriting tradition, infusing sharply written songs with clever humor and improbable romance, all while skewering pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. Winner of American Songwriter's #1 Song, Americana Music Association's #1 Album, AMA's Artist of the Year Nominee, and solidly set in the "Best of" lists from Rolling Stone and SPIN as well as a New York Times Critics Choice, Carll is one to watch - and one to listen to.

When Hot Rize first appeared in 1978, the bluegrass world saw this Colorado band as something truly special. Now reformed in a slightly new line-up, bringing their captivating stage show to new generations.

Hurray for the Riff Raff - with Alynda Lee Segarra, who hopped freight trains across America before settling in sultry New Orleans - promises to turn the Volcano Room into the French Quarter with a high-energy, funky, folky N'Awlins groove.

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