Female Songwriter of the Year, Dayna Kurtz will be at The Park singing her jazz/folk tunes. And Willa Mamet and Paul Miller will be performing their folk-acoustic act – this will be a great night of music!
Over the past decade, the New Jersey born, now dividing time between New Orleans and the mountains of Vermont, vocalist/writer/musician/producer has been bestowed with many awards and praises, including being named the Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, and she’s performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR’s Morning Edition and Tell Me More. She’s toured and opened for the likes of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Keren Ann, Chris Whitley, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Festivals that have asked Dayna to perform include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Roots on the Rails.
“When Kurtz sings, one of two things typically happens. Either she lets out a deep, husky croon that seems to bubble up from her toes, or she unleashes a full-throttle roar that’s more inviting than imposing…There’s no logical reason why Dayna Kurtz is not a full blown star.” James Reed, Boston Globe
Willa Mamet and Paul Miller
Willa was born in Randolph, VT and grew up making music with her family and community, one of whom – lucky her – was Paul Miller. Once dastardly shy, music has drawn her out from under the proverbial rock. She tours twice yearly with Paul, delighting audiences with her lightening-fast patter and a voice Patti LuPone calls, “Heartbreaking, musical, contemporary and ancient.” When not touring with Paul, Willa performs sola with piano, guitar, and ukulele. She writes songs to break your heart or mend it, as needed.
Paul Miller has played music professionally for over 40 years – with Coco and the Lonesome Road Band, Bluebird, Andy Shapiro, Breakaway, and the Bluegrass Gospel Project. A versatile musician, he plays guitar, bass, and drums, and sings. Paul has produced CD’s from Jon Gailmor and Rebecca Pidgeon, and is featured as a guest artist on numerous recordings generated from the Vermont music scene.
Together they make “one of the best homegrown folk-acoustic acts to grace any stage.” – Art Edelstein, VT Times Argus