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AAFFM Presents: Claudia Nygaard, and Blackfoot Daisy
April 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT$8 – $10
Claudia Nygaard is a mesmerizing storyteller and a cinematic lyricist who writes songs that are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual, And she does so with a daredevil’s vulnerability and a complete lack of self-censorship. Nygaard, with her powerful, resonant, and deeply emotive amber honey voice, is a master at putting a tear in your eye with a song that breaks your heart; and then with a quick wit and an outlandish sense of humor, she’ll replace it with tears of laughter.
Claudia is a quick witted and charismatic performer, with a twinkle in her eye that convinces everyone in her audience that she is sharing a secret with them alone. And her storytelling doesn’t end when the song does. Sharing both the inspiration behind the tunes, and also frequently creating outlandish, irreverent, and humorous monologues, her patter is as important a part of her performances as the songs themselves.
Building on the craft she learned while a staff songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row, she has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, and with the title cut of her latest album “Lucky Girl”, the Tumbleweed Music Festival Songwriting Competition. “Lucky Girl” charted at #3 on the Folk Alliance Radio song chart and #5 on the album chart, and it gave her a significant debut on the Americana chart. It also received impressive reviews from the press. Legendary folk music magazine “Sing Out” claimed the songs “rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson.”
Blackfoot daisies are hearty wild flowers that grow on the prairies of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. You can find them growing naturally in the Texas Blackland prairie, which runs from the Red River to the Texas-Oklahoma border. Blackfoot Daisy is a humble trio (sometimes duo) that plays original, Americana style music. Based in the Atlanta metro area, they describe themselves as “a little haunted by the prairie, the wind, the shifting of tall grasses, the sound of crickets, and a lonesome train whistle drifting through the night.”
The group consists of:
Don Sechelski – guitar, vocals, songwriting. Don has been writing and performing music for over 30 years. From Atlanta to New Orleans to Chicago and back to Atlanta still chasing the buffalo. Wendy DuMond – guitar, vocals, songwriting. Wendy has the soul of a poet and the vision of an artist. From Montana, through Oklahoma, to New York and back to Atlanta, she follows the bucking horse moon.; Tom Wolf – guitar, mandolin, vocals, songwriting. Tom has played so many venues around the city of Atlanta, it would be easier to list places he hasn’t played. Quick with a joke or a sizzling riff, Tom is the stick that stirs the drink.