5 For Friday: Aug 22nd 2014

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"There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind." - Duke Ellington

We're very fortunate, at Concert Window, that we get to work with some great musical talent from all corners of the globe. We know that you can't always find the time to tune into live shows, so we decided that we are going to post five great artists we really love each Friday to give you something to browse at your leisure and discover great new music.

Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke are fiddlers and singer-songwriters who love traditional music and close harmonies. They perform old folk songs, new Americana, and original songs in an acoustic roots style. The girls met at a fiddle camp in the woods of Maine, their shared home state, and are now both studying at Berklee College of Music. They bring heart, soul, energy and depth to honest music that blends the old and the new.

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New York City-based Swear and Shake recently shared the stage as direct support for The Lumineers, Delta Rae, and G Love & Special Sauce. They set sail upon the Caribbean Sea to play aboard Rock Boat XIII in February, 2013, and where officially showcased at SXSW in Austin, TX, in March, 2013. The band are currently on tour in the United States. Check 'em out.

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Peck the Town Crier has been making albums since his first cassette in 1994. Aside from his own music and videos, Peck has made film scores for Naftali Rutter and played in some awesome bands. Peck his never performed on Concert Window, but our people spoke to his people this afternoon and we hope to bring you some of this genius soon.

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Slaid Cleaves lives with his wife of 19 years, Karen Cleaves, in the Hill Country outside Austin, Texas. While Karen books the shows, the flights, the hotels, and the rental cars, designs, orders and sells the CDs and T-shirts, pays the band, updates the web site, answers fan questions, does the taxes and makes dinner, Slaid writes his little songs (and fixes things around the house). They travel around the world together while Slaid plays for fans far and wide and gets all the glory. If it wasn’t for Karen, Slaid would be carrying all he owned in a shoe box, scrounging around for a happy hour gig. But you can't argue that man is a formidable songwriter and, in turn, a Concert Window favorite.

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Sometimes the story is just about the ordinary. No big bang, no big gig, no big promoter or writer hearing the band and telling the rest of the world. Sometimes the story is just about doing what you do and keeping at it. In the case of Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore, it means 30 years of marriage, kids, day jobs, and making music together and apart. Read more about the formidable duo online.

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