Storyhill Fest 2022 – Artists!

Storyhill​ is a modern folk duo that brings brotherly harmonies, infectious melodies and smart story songs together in one perfect package. Their beautiful music and passionate performances have won them much critical acclaim and devoted fans all over the country. Celebrating 30 years of playing together, members ​Chris Cunningham ​and​ John Hermanson​ breathe and play as one unit, showing why ​Billboard ​and the ​Austin Chronicle ​have likened them to the great songwriting duos of our time–Simon & Garfunkel, the Indigo Girls, The Everly Brothers and The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris & Mark Olson. They have charted on ​Billboard​ and have been favorites on national radio shows like ​Mountain Stage and ​A Prairie Home Companion.

Minneapolis based Ben Kyle is the Belfast born singer/songwriter and architect behind the Irish-Americana outfit Romantica, the self-titled album BEN KYLE and the award-winning songs Mercy and Don't Settle. American Songwriter described Mercy as “Perfect” and the Huffington Post has dubbed Kyle “A Sleeping Giant.” The recipient of 10 International Songwriting Competition awards, Ben has worked with Ringo Starr, Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Sara Watkins and Dan Wilson and collaborated with Austin, TX roots sweetheart Carrie Rodriguez, on the duets album We Still Love Our Country; a subtle collection of country standards and sprightly originals that enjoyed radio success in the States, Europe and the UK. Emigrating to Minnesota from Belfast, Northern Ireland with his family as a teen, Kyle synthesized the Roots sound he absorbed in midwestern America with his childhood steeped in Irish folk music and went on to release 5 heralded albums as the singer/songwriter and voice behind the Americana critical darlings Romantica. Paste Magazine named Romantica's 2007 release America “One of the Best Albums of 2007”, although No Depression declared that their 2016 release Shadowlands was “Undeniably their best.”

In early 2016, Ben fell ill with an acute expression of Lyme Disease. Five years and a deep healing journey later, he is overcoming and returning to the studio and stage with a new inspiration that promises beautiful things to come.

Chuck E. Costa and Mira Costa, is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo featuring what Bob Boilen (NPR’s All Songs Considered) calls “excellent harmonies” & Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” The group’s 2020 release, Stumbling Home, dubbed “otherworldly” by RollingStone marks the duo’s third full-length album, and the duo’s first primary recording / engineering credits on one of their albums, as well as that of co-producers—teaming up with recent Grammy and Tony award winner Todd Sickafoose (Hadestown, Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird). Previous releases from The Sea The Sea—Love We Are We Love (2014), In the Altogether (2016 / EP), and From The Light (2018)—have been praised by outlets including NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, and the animated video for their song “Waiting” sparked viral interest from Buzzfeed and Pitchfork, as well as inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference. The band has garnered features across all music platforms including Apple Music “Best of the Week” and “A-List Singer/Songwriter,” gathering 20+ million streams on Spotify to-date. Live performance broadcast appearances of The Sea The Sea include Mountain Stage, whose host Larry Groce calls them “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing,” Audiotree, and Paste Music / Daytrotter—recently describing the band as “defined by their infallible vocal harmonies and their unconventional song arrangements. The Sea The Sea is a pop band only in their melodic infectiousness—otherwise they are at their best when subverting conventions.”

Minnesota’s Peter Mayer has been singing and songwriting full-time for over 20 years, performing in venues across the United States and beyond. He writes songs for a small planet–songs about interconnectedness and the human journey–songs about life on earth and the mysterious and wondrous fact of our existence. He also writes songs about dress hats, pumpkins and pajamas, and other important stuff. His music has been performed by artists like Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox, Claudia Schmidt, Anne Hills, Priscilla Herdman, Darryl Purpose, Billy Jonas, and Ronny Cox, to name a few. His work has been included in song books, church hymnals, and folk radio playlists across the country. He is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight and the Bush foundations. Peter has eleven albums to his credit, and has sold over 100,000 of them. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.

Colorado-based singer-songwriter Edie Carey is known for her unmistakable, soulful voice, her intelligent, heart-grabbing songs, but perhaps most especially for her warm, engaging presence on – and off – stage. As much a part of her show as the music itself, Carey’s wry and often self-mocking humor makes audiences feel as though they have just spent an evening with a very close friend. “Bare of self-pity and full of down-to-earth revelation… a little country, a little adult-contemporary, and a lot of fine music.”
– Harp Magazine

Carey has been singing at festivals, colleges, and listening rooms across the US, Canada and Europe since 1999, performing alongside Sara Bareilles, Brandi Carlile, and Shawn Colvin. Her co-writes have been recorded by #1 artists Shawn Mullins and Chely Wright. She’s also been a featured artist on PRI’s Mountain Stage. She’s appeared at the country’s most prestigious folk festivals including Telluride Bluegrass, Rocky Mountain Folks, Newport Folk, 30A Songwriters, and Cayamo. Her duo lullabies project with Sarah Sample garnered several children’s music awards, including Best Children’s Album in the 2015 Independent Music Awards, and she was a featured vocalist on Joanie Leeds’ Grammy-Winning Ensemble Album All the Ladies in 2020. Her eleventh album The Veil will be released June 3rd, 2022.

With more than 100 million plays on Spotify, Nashville-based independent singer/songwriter Ira Wolf connects with her audience through intentional vocals and vulnerable lyrics. Ira's writing is intended to connect listeners to their emotions while creating a space for introspection and healing. Since she began touring in 2014, Ira has performed on stages across six continents and continues to travel the U.S. while living full time in her 1988 Westfalia van 'Ruby'. After stepping away from music for a few years to focus on her mental health, Ira is currently recording her highly anticipated fourth studio album, expected in late 2022, and plans to continue touring both nationally and internationally after it’s release.

Midwest singer-songwriter Chad Elliott blends folk roots, swampy blues and soulful writing to deliver an original Americana sound. His live performances have been honed over a decade of being on the road performing more than 200 shows each year. Elliott is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz Magazine. He has penned more than 1,500 songs in his career while also cultivating his skills as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman’s Treetop TalesRumble & Flash).

Elliott has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Counting Crows, Ruthie Foster, Lonestar, Jimmy Vaughan, etc. He has won coveted awards including the Woody Guthrie Song Contest and Iowa Blues Challenge. He placed 3rd in the International Song Contest with his Americana song, “Same Old Way.”

J.E. Sunde is a native of Wisconsin who lives in Minneapolis. A songwriter and composer who writes from the American Songwriter tradition but just to the left of center.

After many years of crafting beautifully unusual music with The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Jonathan Edward Sunde immersed himself in a new solo project that embraces his influences, from smart, bouncy Paul Simon-y folk-pop to the earnestness of Jonathan Richman to the heartbreak and boldness of Nina Simone.


Bad Posture Club is a Minneapolis-based folk duo made up of Maren Day and Morgan Kavanagh. Their songwriting explores themes of home-places, landscapes, memory, family, and the strange relationship between human softness and the unyielding societal structures we both participate in and push against. When reinterpreting traditional folk songs, they carve out space and agency for queer female voices. Drawing the listener in with intricate vocal harmony, Bad Posture Club create intimacy and warmth, inviting togetherness in song. 

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