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Lumiere

There are multiple artists with this name: 1) A Japanese artist. 2) Lumiere is an Irish group consisting of two fine female voices, Éilís Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon. Both of them come from the small Kerry town of Dingle. Their sound recalls very early Joan Baez - just perfectly tuned voice with acoustic instruments. On their 2010 album, Lumiere, they sing seven songs in English - all in the Irish tradition - and four in Irish Gaelic.

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Donovan

Donovan is a Scottish singer-songwriter who emerged as part of the mid-1960s folk music scene. He was born Donovan Leitch on 10th May 1946 in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland; the family moved to Hatfield, England in 1956. Donovan came to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the television pop series, Ready Steady Go! Donovan first hit the pop charts in 1965 with his single "Catch The Wind". He produced hit after hit throughout the sixties and his Sunshine Superman album was considered an innovative breakthrough to a new pyschedelic pop sound.

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Newton Faulkner

Born January 11, 1985 as Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner. Faulkner began playing guitar at the age of 11-12 with session guitarist Bob "crazy guy" Cranham and also attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, where he spent 2 years gaining both diploma and the higher diploma award under the tutelage of Eric Roche. His first band was a Green Day cover band, in which he played bass guitar.

Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell present KORT

While Kurt Wagner’s role as bandleader in seminal soul/country/folk collective Lambchop sees him deal in multiple shades of deep-orange warmth, Cortney Tidwell’s solo career is often shaded by a kind of icy detachment; an engaging, beautiful coldness. At first glance they might not seem the most natural fit for an album of country takes from the 60s and 70s, but look a little deeper and Invariable Heartache makes perfect sense.

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Ben Harper

<a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Ben+Harper" class="bbcode_artist">Ben Harper</a> (born October 28, 1969) is an American <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/grammy" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">grammy</a>-winning singer and songwriter. A native of California, he grew up listening to <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/blues" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">blues</a>, <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/folk" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">folk</a>, <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/soul" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">soul</a>, <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/rnb" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">rnb</a>, and <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/reggae" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">reggae</a>. Harper's blend of groove-laden <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/funky" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">funky</a> <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/soul" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">soul</a> and <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/folky" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">folky</a> handcrafted acoustics helped him to gain cult status during the course of the 1990s and widespread attention toward the end of the decade. Harper combines elements of classic <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/folk" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">folk</a> singers, <a href="http://www.last.fm/tag/blues" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">blues</a> revivalists and jam bands and is embraced by critics and college kids alike. Harper's body of work sells consistently and he tours constantly, building a solid, dedicated fan base.

Krystle Warren

Seeing Krystle Warren perform for the first time is a striking experience. First, there is the utter improbability of it all: she shuffles onstage with little more than a low-key hello, and proceeds to sing with an effortless power that completely belies her tiny frame. Hearing her fill a crowded club without using a microphone … that’s a Voice. And then there are her vocal stylings, which feature a melisma as rich as that of Wonder or Hathaway, but put all of that technique at the service of music that has never heard such a thing – folk and country...

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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Blind from birth, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is from the Gumatj nation and his mother is from the Galpu nation, both from North East Arnhemland. A former member of Yothu Yindi, now with his own Saltwater Band, whose members are all from Galiwin'ku on Elcho Island. Gurrumul's beautiful voice sings the songs of his Gumatj country.

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The Bedroom Philosopher

With his third album Songs From The 86 Tram fresh on the shelves, The Bedroom Philosopher is teaming up with his partners in crime The Awkwardstra for a massive national album launch tour. As The Bedroom Philosopher himself puts it: "my live show is both a remarkably memorable life changing experience and cause for major concern." The Awkwardstra were handpicked from ’Indie Snobs Anonymous’, a self-help group for displaced Melbourne musicians (feat. members of The Paradise Motel & The Brunettes) and provide pitch-perfect tightness to the Philosopher’s helter skelter.

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FRACTAL

There are several bands with the name (Fractal): 1) Most of the tracks you can play here are from the instrumental debut CD Continuum, released in 2003 by the San Jose CA based progressive rock band Fractal. Their website is www.fractal-continuum.com. Fractal were formed in 2000 with a strong early influence from mid-late period King Crimson, and have since developed a unique sound, often using complex time signatures. In 2008, they are finalizing the recording of their second full CD. A single track from this CD "Aftermath" was pre-released in 2007.

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