Eamon McGrath (CA)
At 23, Eamon McGrath has a list of accomplishments under his belt that would echo that of a writer twice his age: 250+ songs written and recorded, album of the year credits, multiple tours through the UK, Canada and Europe, and stints playing in the backing bands for both the legendary Daniel Johnston and Julie Doiron.
McGrath’s style is constantly changing and his shows range from sweaty, bombastic, punk and noisy garage-rock inspired barnburners, to quiet, intimate country best fit for a Western saloon. In the span of a single concert, and sometimes in the span of a song, heart-wrenching confessional lyrics pave the highway towards string-shredding guitar solos and an adolescent howl like no other.
& Lakeforest (CA)
Lake Forest is the introspective and sometimes melancholic folk music of Will Whitwham, singer and songwriter of The Wilderness of Manitoba. Last winter, in between tours with the band, I attempted to write and record a song per day and see how long it took to get something I felt could be a snapshot of a period in time. The winter was a catalyst as every season can be. Lake Forest from a place or a number of places that felt synchronistic, both internally and externally. One is a city in Illinois from Dave Egger’s novel – “A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius”. Another is the name of a road up north near the cottage my family has had since 1979 and is also the only place I continue to have recurring dreams of. The last was an image in my mind of a frozen ground surrounded by evergreens which came to me in the form of a beautiful photograph a good friend of mine took. It then almost immediately became the album cover; a very cold, surreal and moving piece all at once.
& Miguel Guinness
Miguel Guinness started in the punk rock scene 16 years ago. Miguel is the singer of the ska punk band THE ECCOS. The acoustic adventure started exactly at The Loft 3 years ago, since then he already played acoustically in many countries like Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Mexico, Slovakia and playing with big names such as Mike Herrera(MxPx), Mest, Tim Vantol, Untied, 21 Stories, Luke Hilly and many others. Check out his websiteswww.miguelguinness.com, www.theeccos.com andwww.hearingthevoice.com