Berkeley native RACHEL GARLIN is a songwriter's songwriter who pens "finely etched songs that respect the folk tradition"(SF Bay Guardian). Her performances combine a warm stage presence with the same folk, rock and roots flavors that season her recordings. Diffuser Magazine calls her body of work, "an impressive catalog of unforgettable songs” while Curve Magazine describes her lyrical work as “storytelling at its best.” Rachel's songs have gained recognition at folk festivals all around the country, including the Newport Folk Festival where she won first place in the Talent Search. She recorded a live album at the historic Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, and she has headlined at clubs of national standing like Boston's Club Passim and The Bitter End in New York. Garlin has toured as far as Scotland (her mother's homeland) where she performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her songs have aired on NPR’s Democracy Now!, Car Talk, and have featured in documentary films like "Fuel" & "A Womb of Their Own." Now a faculty member at Live Oak School, Garlin leads songwriting workshops for kids and adults and co-writes songs with community members. She also mentors songwriters at Sunset Youth Services, a San Francisco agency supporting in-risk youth. Garlin makes her home in San Francisco with her wife and three kids. Currently, Rachel is recording her sixth full-length album "Mondegreens" with producer Julie Wolf.
LA-based KATE ISENBERG stands out from other girls with guitars thanks to what one reviewer calls "impeccable songwriting". With clear, soulful vocals and guitar riffs that make unusual chords sound easy, Isenberg's style of folk-pop is both sophisticated and accessible. Listeners gravitate to her songs for both the ear candy and the thought-provoking, storytelling lyrics. Her first studio solo album, The Time Comes On Humming Tracks, was a finalist for the Indie Acoustic Project's Best Female Singer-Songwriter Album of 2007. Her second studio album, Gold Rush Town, received college and commercial radio play around the U.S. and was an IAP finalist for Best Lyrics. She has toured top songwriter venues in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. In addition to being a songwriter, Isenberg is an animator. Her short films include an animated video for "Robin," a track from Gold Rush Town. She has also collaborated with fellow-songwriters in bringing their music to life on screen.
January 25, 2020: Suzie Glaze New Folk Ensemble