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Singer-songwriter Cosy Sheridan performs March 15 in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Award-winning singer-songwriter Cosy Sheridan has released a new CD since she last performed at the Radio Room in 2010 - so concert-goers can expect to hear new as well as familiar tunes when she returns to the venue Friday, March 15.Sheridan won both The Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Award and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest in 1992, which brought her to the attention of folk fans nationally. She's known for her excellent guitar playing, as well as her witty and wry songs about love, politics and being a woman. The Cornell Folksong Society wrote: "Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny," as those who've attended Sheridan's prior concerts are well aware.Songs from her newest October 2011 CD, "The Horse King," were written over a three-year period and cover a mixture of themes, "like a Cosy concert," Sheridan said, in a phone interview Thursday from her home in Moab.There's a ragtime piece, a satirical song "Higher Financial Reform" about the 2008 financial meltdown, a few love songs, and an "Irish lament for my dad who's aging," Sheridan said."I'm also writing new songs now. I'm always excited to play new stuff."Originally from the Northeast, where she still regularly tours, Sheridan moved to Moab in 1994. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp where adults come to learn songwriting, guitar, mandolin and singing. Banjo and ukulele, as well as painting, have also been taught at the camp which runs Oct. 27-Nov. 1, the week before the Moab Folk Festival. Sloan Wainwright (little sister of Grammy Award-winning songwriter-folksinger Loudon Wainwright) is slated to teach vocal at this year's camp, where attendees stay in nearby "beautiful little cabins," Sheridan said."I will teach songwriting and guitar," said Sheridan, a guitar-player since she was 9."The guitar is an important part of the song for me," she said. "I feel my writing has done some different things (lately) because my guitar is doing different things," after a serious solitary guitar-playing period last summer.Sheridan recently completed a tour of the Pacific Northwest in January, and before that she was performing in Florida.Sheridan said she loves playing at the KAFM Radio Room, a venue that seats about 75, at Grand Junction's community radio station."It's a lovely venue; it has great sound," Sheridan said. "It's pretty unusual. I play around the country and I can't think of any community radio station that offers (that sort of venue) and concert series to the community. It's beautifully set up."

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