International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. “Two become one, in song…hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery,” says Mary Gauthier. The Associated Press is calling their latest album, Honest, “one of the best Americana albums of the year.”
Wyld Iris is a folk music trio based in the North Bay. Hallie, Michaela, and Winona came together thanks to a Yuba River campfire, and a log cabin jam. Their style is a reflection of their shared love of American Roots music. Inspired by the likes of Ola Belle Reed, Townes Van Zandt, and Gillian Welch, this trio covers the greats and performs original songs with rich three part harmony and vibrant acoustic instrumentation.