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Lynch, Trischka, Ickes win honors

Monday, December 3, 2012 – Claire Lynch, Tony Trischka and Rob Ickes are among 54 artists to receive one of 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA). The national advocacy organization awarded unrestricted grants of $50,000 today.

Those honored come from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts.

Out of the 54 winners, only seven are in the music field.

Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the bluegrass genre. She has twice earned The International Bluegrass Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" title, and two Grammy nominations.

"On a personal level, the award fuels my confidence and creativity and inspires me to take my work to new levels," said Lynch. "I'm in the studio recording a new album right now and the thrill of being selected is bringing an incredible energy to the sessions."

Lynch's encompasses classic bluegrass and infusions of contemporary folk, country, rock and swing. Her songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless and others.

Lynch released 7 albums through Rounder Records, where she enjoyed an 18-year collaboration with label founder Ken Irwin. Currently, she is recording a new album to be released in 2013 on roots label Compass Records. Ickes has long considered a premier Dobro player while Trischka plays banjo.

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Whatcha Gonna Do CD review - Whatcha Gonna Do
Claire Lynch is one of the finest singers in acoustic music. That's been the case for more than 25 years. Her vocal twang both soothes and captures your attention. A multiple IBMA award winner, her music spans beyond bluegrass, though she can mix it up bluegrass-style as well as anyone, as evidenced here by Barbed Wire Boys and Bill Monroe's My Florida Sunshine. Widow's Weeds has a strong bluegrassy and old timey flavor to it as well. Though a terrific songwriter and »»»
Crowd Favorites CD review - Crowd Favorites
Claire Lynch's talents as a singer, songwriter and band leader are showcased on this compilation disc of 10 songs from her catalogue and new recordings of favorites by her Front Porch String Band. "Sweetheart Darlin' of Mine" and "If Wishes Were Horses" are bluegrass tunes with elegant breaks and tight vocal harmonies. In "Train Long Gone," the group sets the stage by clueing the listener to the next line. It's a new take on more traditional tunes where »»»
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Concert Review: Long wait ends for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – When you don't show for almost six years - Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are guilty as charged - and barely release any music unless counting one excellent disc out in late March on a British label and something almost unheard in the states in 2011, don't expect the masses to show up either. Predictably, that didn't happen for the family band... »»»
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