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Phil Henry is that rare contemporary folk artist who will impress you from every direction. There’s his sweet and strong voice, that intricate and flawless guitar work, and songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself.

But he’s also got an authenticity that can’t be taught or bought. He’s an old-school storyteller who builds songs from a place of honesty, without crossing over into the T.M.I. of confessional songwriting.

He’s been honored by the top tastemakers in contemporary folk. He’s played the big stages – Kerrville, Falcon Ridge – and won top prize at SolarFest and the Susquehanna Arts and Music Festival.

A product of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and graduate of SUNY Potsdam, Henry says he was inspired to perform after seeing a Martin Sexton show in the late 1990’s. “That was it,” Henry says. “I started writing, and started working on making my voice and guitar sound like THAT.”

Of course, during his own journey, Henry built his own unique voice, borrowing from the traditions of Richard Shindell, Peter Mulvey and Paul Simon, even finding inspiration in the books of Kurt Vonnegut and the movies of the Coen Brothers.

But there’s no one quite like this quiet Vermonter whose powerful voice speaks for itself.

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