One of the finest singer-songwriters of our time, and a former area resident.
A set by American songwriter Zoe Mulford is like a small volume of short stories - evocative, beautifully crafted, and endlessly varied. Whether her starting-point is a polar expedition in 1845 or a Greyhound bus ride in 2007, her vivid storytelling and down-to-earth humor take listeners on an enjoyable journey. Backing her clear voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo, she draws on the traditional music of the US and the British Isles to make sense of the modern world. She has four albums on Azalea City Recordings, an independent label based in Takoma Park, MD.
In 2006, Zoe's spouse got a job in England at the University of Manchester. Zoe now plays on both sides of the Atlantic.
Her second album, Roadside Saints, was nominated for Song, Album, and Songwriter of the Year by the Washington (DC) Area Music Association in 2006. She has been a Kerrville Newfolk finalist and a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist. Her songs have been recognized by the Great American Song Contest and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and appeared in Sing Out! Magazine.
Her song "Welcome In Another Year" has become a seasonal favorite on folk radio. In 2013, Four Shillings Short performed and recorded the song as part of their Samhain show, while John Roberts and Tony Barrand included it in their Nowell Sing We Clear Christmas revue.
In addition to music, Zoe likes farmer's markets, children's books, martial arts movies, and cooking with lots of garlic.
"I don't usually like folk music, but that underwear song is pretty good. ?
--patron, Taliano's Restaurant, Takoma Park, MD