Featured Performers for Fun Fest 2020

Carrie Ferguson

Carrie Ferguson grew up playing an enormous upright, chocolate-brown (to put it politely) piano inherited from the family of one of her father’s third-grade students. This piano, built from the parts of several old pianos by students in a local instrument-building workshop, had a darkly booming, slightly furry quality to it, not unlike the weather outside in her hometown of Arcata on the North Coast of California. In order to write good music you had to play the way the instrument itself demanded, which to her ear meant sticking to the lower 2/3rds of the keyboard, and using plenty of rolling arpeggios and minor chords. Ferguson credits the stubborn and sonorous voice of her childhood piano, combined with the perpetual fog and exhilarating clamminess of coastal Northern California, as instilling in her the baseline aesthetic of melancholic optimism that still permeates her words and music today.

Currently based in Northampton, Ferguson’s original songs range from playfully jubilant and whimsical, to soaring pop, country-tinged folk and straight up rock. Ferguson’s band, a rotating squad of players from the Pioneer Valley, uses a shifting palette of instruments and voices to create live shows that are joyful affairs, full of humor and warmth, beautifully showcasing her haunting melodies, and smart, gorgeous lyrics. Carrie's children's song, "The Grumpy Time Club", won a silver award in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest and First Place in the Eventide Songwriting competition.

Carrie has opened for Antje Duvekot, Cheryl Wheeler, Livingston Taylor, Chely Wright, Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, Charles Neville, Jill Sobule, Pamela Means, and Meg Hutchinson.