Cosy Sheridan first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at both The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. When she released her critically acclaimed cd Quietly Led on Waterbug Records, The Boston Globe wrote “She is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.”
Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters.” Her songs are carefully crafted. “Cosy writes intelligent and clever lyrics with stickable melodies,” wrote Sing Out Magazine – which listed Sheridan’s cd “Pretty Bird” release among their Great CDs of 2014.
Sheridan’s performances are full of energy and emotionality. Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, she plays a percussive bluesy guitar style – often in open tunings and occasionally with 2 or more capos on the guitar. Her concerts are a wide-ranging exploration: love songs for a complicated world, and sprinkled in and about her signature parodies on aging and women.
In 1992, Cosy won both the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival songwriting contests. She’s been on the road every since. “You can’t make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you’re doing, and do it well,” wrote The Chicago Examiner. “Rarely do you find a cd where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here.”
For the past 20 years Sheridan has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. She is the director and founder of Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.