Laura Joy

Laura Joy

The fest welcomes back our 2017 singer songwriter contest winner, Laura Joy. Laura is a Chicago-based artist known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. Drawing comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Neko Case, Laura’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan.

Recently, Brett Huus of the Grammy winning studio Sound Strations said, “I think this is some of the freshest original music I’ve heard anywhere. Great choice!“

“I listened to a lot of musicals growing up, non-stop, obsessive. Then my mom introduced me to Joni Mitchell and I found Jewel. . .it was over,” recalls Laura Joy. “One day, I had someone come up to me and tell me how much they loved that I painted pictures with sound and words. I thought that was the most awesome compliment. That’s exactly what I want to create.”

Laura’s unique style of poetic, acoustic pop, which has been described as “folk music so pretty you’ll have to stop your ears from floating away,” (, has earned her invitations to open for artists including Hammel on Trial, poet Staceyann Chin, Switchback, and Greg Brown.

At the core for Laura, “it’s all about writing and recording. All I want to do is write good songs that people enjoy listening to. It’s kind of a slow, painstaking process for me, but the results are sooo satisfying when I finish a piece and I play it for the first time in front of an audience.”

Sun 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Site B
Sun. 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Main Stage
Sunday Closing Concert

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