Erin’s first 12 years were marked by thousands of miles logged in a 1972 Volkswagen camper van as her family trekked from Maryland to Massachusetts to California to Scotland and back again to California, before putting on the brakes in a tiny town in central Massachusetts. Those many moves gave Erin a first-hand understanding of the close relationship between geography and perspective, an appreciation for being able to put down roots and call a place home, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the ABBA discography.
Music was always a central part of Erin’s life, with piano and voice lessons from her grandmother, herself an accomplished musician and performer. Erin didn’t start playing guitar or writing music until she graduated from Amherst College and was living in New York City, where a miniscule elementary school teacher’s salary and an even more miniscule 9×12’ apartment made guitar playing suddenly seem like an appealing pastime. In New York, Erin reconnected with college friend Amy Speace, and together they founded the band Edith O. They performed regularly at New York City venues including the Bitter End and CBGB’s Gallery and released an album, Tattooed Queen, which garnered critical raves. It is possible that the band broke up when Erin—who was at the time a sleep-deprived mother of a six-week-old—forgot to show up at the Bitter End for the band’s record release show.
In subsequent years, marriage, children, and a career as a teacher, school administrator, and published author took center stage, but in 2018, Erin jumped back in the pool, and the warm welcome of the Boston-area open mic community encouraged her to return to composing music and performing.
In 2021, Erin released her debut solo album, We Can Hear Each Other, which reached #10 on the FAI DJ Chart, and in 2023, she was a “Most Wanted” selection from the Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. She has won numerous songwriting awards and was the winner of the 2022 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, the recipient of the Mark Erelli Judge's Choice Award in the New England Songwriting Competition, and a finalist in the Great American Song Contest and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Erin’s music focuses on the power of stories to build connection and calls back to the style and spirit of her music idols, which include Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, John Prine and Ellis Paul. Her shows are warm, intimate, heartfelt, and funny, with tales that are authentic and drawn from her lived experience, shining a light on the ties that bind us all together.
Erin is a delight. Our audience was riveted by her beautiful and memorable songs and stories.”
-scott & Paula Moore, Moore Music House concerts (MD)
2023 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival "Most Wanted"
Winner, 2023 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition
Finalist, 2023 Great American Song Contest (Folk/Americana)
John Platt selection, Folk DJ Showcase at NERFA 2022
2022 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Grassy Hill Emerging Artist
Mark Erelli Judge’s Choice Award, 2022 New England Songwriting Competition
Semifinalist, 2022 Songwriter Serenade Competition
Finalist, 2021 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest
Melodic, fresh, and easygoing, with storytelling prowess on full display…recalling the likes of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.”
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