Lucia Comnes is an independent American singer, songwriter, fiddler and guitarist with a ‘singular voice’ (SF Chronicle) whose roots music crosses genres of Folk, Americana, Pop, Irish, Bluegrass & Rock. She writes powerful melodies with forceful, earthy lyrics that reflect her connection to the elements.
Her album, ‘Held in the Arms‘, was greatly praised in the US: “There is not an inferior tune on this entire 43-minute album (No Depression)“ and on national TV in Italy, was described by Folk Radio UK as “A journey into the light… Assured beautifully crafted American Folk.”
Her impressive musical background includes playing/touring with Joan Baez, and Tim Grimm, opening for Paul Brady and collaborating with Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers). Her song, ‘No Hiding Place’, a swampy blues number that marries lines from Appalachian ballads to a Bo Diddley beat, was recognised by the Dallas Texas Songwriters Association as Best Song of the Year in 2014.
Born in San Francisco, Lucia Comnes started her professional career in 2002 as a vocalist with Kitka – the Oakland-based women’s a cappella vocal ensemble specializing in Balkan/Eastern European folk music. At the same time, she began delving deep into Irish music and studied with many fiddle masters (Martin Hayes, Kevin Burke, Oisín MacDiarmada) in the U.S. and Ireland. She also attended the Traditional Irish Music Program at University College, Cork, to study spoken Gaelic and sean-nos, or “old-style,” singing.
Lucia attended UC Berkeley and graduated from Long Island University’s Global Studies program in 2006 with a self-designed interdisciplinary degree called Music, Culture and Nature, following her research in Ireland, Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria. An avid traveler throughout her life, Lucia has studied, visited, and performed in more than 20 countries, including remote parts of Siberia.
Andy Goggin is a singer and songwriter whose work has taken him across continents.
Recent projects include the recording of a new album of duets co-written with a collection of powerhouse female songwriters/vocalists. Two tracks from the project are to be featured in the American national television series, Synchronicity.
He has been invited to The House of Songs (Austin, TX) where he has collaborated with other prestigious songwriters. His entries, “Jesus and the Man in the Moon” and "Waterfall" are prize winners in the international Song of the Year contest.
Andy Goggin has built a successful career around his musical talents. He has a full catalogue of original songs and a range of artists recording his work. He collaborates and co-writes with musicians from around the world, He encompases an incredible range of genres and stylistic approaches.
Andy Goggin as a coach is known to have a sharp eye for English lyric composition, song structure and a musical ear for hooks.