With roots in Ireland and Australia, New York city based rustic folk singer/songwriter Vincent Cross, described as “impeccably gifted” by Big City Rhythm and Blues, is as much a poet and musicologist as a musician. Cross has been lauded by Odetta, which is understandable given he’s clearly rooted in the same 60s folk scene sounds that produced the likes of Seeger, Guthrie and Dylan, who are obvious influences on his work. On his third release Old Songs for Modern Folk, Cross weaves together mythical deaths, murder ballads, questions about mortality and tales of ancient loneliness with fearless emotional honesty. Old Songs for Modern Folk reveals Cross, the troubadour, with a talent for inspired live solo performances. Playing banjo or guitar with a few spare riffs of harmonica, he sings original songs that borrow melodies and lyrics from the American folk tradition while telling stories old and new.
Vincent Cross often performs solo on his trusty vintage instruments. He has performed for and shared the stage with Oscar winner Glen Hansard, folk legend Odetta, Damien Rice, bluegrass dynamo Michael Daves and master blues picker Roy Book Binder among others. Cross tours extensively in the US, Europe and Australia and has performed at some of the world’s finest roots music festivals including TelemarkFestivalen (Norway), The Hebredian Celtic Festival (Scotland), The Maverick Americana Festival (UK), The Long Island Bluegrass Festival (USA-NY), The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival (USA- Texas) and The South Florida Folk Festival with upcoming shows in New York City at the American Folk Art Museum and the Irish Arts Center.