Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the
duo after hours of jamming in Stearns' kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including the Horse
Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues,
African, rock, and country music. Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer who has toured with the likes of The Duhks, Louisiana legend Preston Frank, Red Dog Run, the Evil City
Stringband, Home Remedy, and occasionally Ferintosh. She has taught fiddle at Sunshine Coast School of Celtic music, the Taylor Music Festival and the Black Pot Camp. With the release of
their 2 nd full-length album, “Nowhere in Time” in 2017, Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this
With the release of his first EP “Stranger From the North”, Steven Chagnon is quickly making a name for himself across New England. His music is relatable, memorable, and catchy; after listening to his 6-track debut once or twice you’ll find yourself singing his songs throughout the day. It’s difficult to compare Steven’s unique sound to many other artists, though his style could perhaps be described as reminiscent of alt-country powerhouse Ryan Adams.
“Stranger From the North” showcases Chagnon’s songwriting ability and impressive vocal range, with heartfelt original lyrics layered over expertly crafted melodies and unforgettable guitar riffs. Hailing from New Hampshire, “Steven Chagnon is one of the true, unsung gems we have around the state,” says Rob Azevedo, host of “Granite State of Mind” on WKXL. “He writes beautifully, sings flawlessly and has created some great, great stories with his new music.”