- Jonathan Coulton - Jonathan clearly crawled out from under the same rock as Da Vinci's Notebook and Eric Schwartz. Especially when showing his geeky sides he leans closer to Christine Lavin and Tom Lehrer.
- Red Molly - They are probably familiar to more of you than my other discoveries. What are they? New Wave Traditional Folk? Think of the Mammals, Think of Crooked Still. Think Three part harmonies.
- Iain Campbell Smith. I was able to get him two radio gigs purely on the strength of his back story. As a member of the Australian foreign service he was sent on a peace keeping mission to the Solomon Islands. They had been having a brutal civil war. Think of Rwanda or Baghdad. The trick is the warring factions would only allow the peacekeepers in if they were unarmed. So there was Iain keeping the peace with his guitar. He's funny, he's smart, and he knows how to work the crowd as well as anybody. I've seen him four times with audiences that didn't know him and he won them over every time.
- Pat Wictor - John Platt calls him a Zen Bluesman. Sort of a cross between Chris Smither and the Kennedys. He looks like Orlando Bloom in LOTR.
Red Molly and Pat are both in the FRFF preview tour so many of you will be seeing more of them. Good chance that Iain and maybe Jonathan will be at the Budgiedome.
So who did you discover last year?