University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Cosy Sheridan with T.R. Ritchie in Concert

February 23, 2012
Cosy Sheridan and T.R. Ritchie
Cosy Sheridan and T.R. Ritchie

Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor presents award-winning songwriters Cosy Sheridan and TR Ritchie in concert Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Hughes Recital Hall of Presser Hall on the UMHB campus.

Between them Sheridan and Ritchie have won most of the major songwriting contests in the country, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Sisters Folk Festival, the Napa Valley Folk Festival, the Silverton Folk Festival and the Snowbird Mountain Festival in Utah.

Frequently traveling together but also performing as solo artists they have toured for the past 20 years, singing their songs in coffeehouses and concert halls, at festivals and in living rooms across the United States.

Sheridan has been called "one of the era's finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.”  A storyteller as well as a songwriter, she weaves children’s fables into metaphors of modern adulthood. Her modern renditions of mythology have won her fans and praise from the press. The Cornell Folksong Society wrote:  “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture; Persephone with Botox.”

In 1994 Sheridan wrote and produced a one-woman-show entitled “The Pomegranate Seed – an Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image and Myth” which she performs at colleges around the country.

Ritchie, who learned his musical chops as a street singer in Seattle’s Pike Street Market in the early 80’s, is a master of understated yet powerful imagery in his songs. Dubbed a “classic folk troubadour” by Performing Songwriter magazine, Ritchie’s roots-influenced music has a timeless appeal. This past July he was invited to accompany Alexandra Cousteau and her Blue Legacy crew of photographers and writers on a trip though Cataract Canyon to add a musical perspective to the National-Geographic-sponsored expedition. The crew filmed him singing “Let This Mighty River Roll,” his song for Glen Canyon.

Sheridan and Ritchie met at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1992, and moved to Moab in 1994. In 2008 they co-founded the Moab Folk Camp, a folk and acoustic camp for adults and high school students that takes place each November before the Moab Folk Festival.

Tickets to the show are $10.00. Admission is free with UMHB student I.D.  For more information, call the Conservatory of Music (254) 295-4686.