Izzy Heltai

Izzy Heltai

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Izzy Heltai

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Izzy Heltai is a folk singer and songwriter based in Northampton, Massachusetts. He has been described as possessing “a voice that is equal parts gruff, sandpapered scratches, unfiltered and open just enough to let the story out and smooth, honeyed flavor that eases you in” (Red Line Roots).

As a songwriter, he focuses on telling stories about love, loss, and growth – crafting songs both relatable to his inter-generational audience and specific to his experiences and proclivities as a young folk artist. Izzy’s music is influenced by folk legends like Carole King, Paul Simon, and Dave Van Ronk, as well as leading voices in the contemporary folk resurgence like Gregory Alan Isakov, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. In the summer of 2017, Izzy was a finalist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase in Hillsdale, NY, and in 2018 he was named a New Folk Finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, TX. He has performed at Mass MoCa’s acclaimed Freshgrass Folk Festival for two years running, and his debut EP release in January of 2018 was accompanied by a sold-out release show at the historic Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.

Ben Bedford

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

“Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller…” according to Arthur Wood (Maverick). Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.

In the past twelve years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his songs for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in the U.S., as well as in Europe, taking him overseas on several occasions for concert dates on the continent and in the United Kingdom. Notable dates there include Izzy Young’s famed Folklore Centrum in Stockholm, Sweden, Toogenblik in Brussells, Belgium, and The Green Note in London, England. Bedford’s albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts and his music has been played on National Public Radio’s Car Talk and featured in The Sounding Board, the official newsletter of the renowned C.F. Martin Guitar Company.

In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also included Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, and John Prine.

In May of 2018, Bedford was named one of the six Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

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