"Utilizing sparse yet highly effective acoustic guitars, mixed with sweet and tender two-part harmonies, CROSSING NORTH offers a fusion of folk, bluegrass, and roots delivered with passion and sincerity."
Singer-songwriters Bruce Lawson and Jen Carter-Kelly first combined their talents in 2001. They evolved into CROSSING NORTH, a duo that respects the past while creating their own unmistakable spare, sweet sound.
They built a reputation for performing traditional, uncontrived acoustic music at coffeehouses, festivals and concerts in the Northeast U.S. and Canada.
Recent highlights include:
Burlington, VT First Night Festival
The Living Room, NYC
Otis Mountain Music Festival (headliners Sam Bush and The Infamous Stringdusters)
Side Door Coffeehouse, Montreal, Canada four years in a row
Airplay on Vermont and NY Public Radio
Open for The Gibson Brothers at legendary Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
Open for The Biscuit Burners, Acoustic Brew Concert Series, WPSU Studios, Penn State.
Open for Garnet Rogers, Apple Hollow Musicfest.
Performed in NY, PA, MA, NJ, DE, VT, NH, ME and Canada
Recognized by Dallas Songwriters Association as 2nd Place Winner for "What's Bothering Me" (Jen Carter-Kelly)
Audiences love their close, two-part harmonies. They serve up well-written originals with old-fashioned classics by Patsy Cline, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and more.
Their first CD, "Late Night Songs" was released in 2004 and features original tunes with guest performances by Eric Gibson (The Gibson Brothers, courtesy Sugar Hill records), Junior Barber (nominated Dobro Artist of the Year eight times by IBMA) and Adirondack folk music legend Roy Hurd.
In 2006 Crossing North released their second CD "Fragile". The duo again featured their songwriting skills and included Doug Knight (banjo) and Skip Smithson (mandolin) on the recording. Both recordings receive local airplay and critical acclaim. Their songs are played regularly on-line at sites including pandora, wholewheatradio, folkalley, moozikoo and others.
"Our audience loved you"
Isabelle Delage, Side Door Coffeehouse, Montreal, Canada
“I just want to say thank you once again for a fantastic set! Our audience absolutely loved you guys. We have been getting nothing but great comments. I personally enjoyed your performance tremendously. We’re definitely having you guys back next year!”
"I'm blown away"
Chuck Kruger, Entertainment Director, Maine Lobster Festival
“Nice record! I been looking forward to spinning this puppy, and I'm blown away. I promise you I will be playing this a lot. Thanks for making my spring with this terrific music."
"They can make it"
David Vinopal, Author, Gibson's Fabulous Flat-top Guitars
"From the first time I saw them I preached that they can make it. I was a true believer right from the start."
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