Outsider Folk is a labor of love, from the hand-drawn flyers to the hand-picked musicians who play. Outsider Folk is a showcase for folk-influenced artists who play the kind of music that doesn’t get played at coffee-house’s because it doesn’t bleed easily into the background, and also doesn’t often get booked at clubs, because it isn’t loud enough to keep people drinking. Outsider Folk is dedicated to bringing together musicians from southern California and beyond, who play experimental, usually acoustic-based music that is unique and visionary. Outsider Folk is comitted to keeping its shows all ages, so the widest possible audience can share in the experience of hearing new music.
Outsider Folk started in 2006 in Long Beach, at Zephyr Vegetarian Cafe, where most of its shows still take place, due to the enthusiastic and open-minded environment that Zephyr provides. Outsider Folk also does shows in Los Angeles. The first Outsider Folk show featured Mycroft Holmes and The Starburst Crystal Ensemble, and those two acts remain the driving force behind putting the shows together, but they believe in booking a diverse selection of artists who may not normally play shows together. In August, Outsider Folk Celebrates its one year anniversary by presenting a month of shows every Saturday at Zephyr.

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities:
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is an experimental folk collective from Missoula, Montana, and Brooklyn, NY. Led by vocalist/guitarist/sound artist Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Cabinet performs experimental folk chants and noise instrumentals, ghost stories and historical ballads over field recordings, acoustic & classical guitars, electric effects, alto & tenor recorders, bells and percussion.

Missincinatti is Jessica Catron and Jeremy Drake. Jeremy Drake is an improvising guitar player, and sound artist. Jessica Catron is a freelance cellist living in Los Angeles. She has performed as both a solo artist and ensemble player in music festivals around the world. Together they weave experimental and improvised soundscapes of cello and guitar.

Voice on Tape:
Voice on tape writes some of the most haunting songs around and sings some of the most beautiful melodies. He has been quietly leading a revolution with Silencio recordings from his headquarters in the inland empire. He has been involved in putting on numerous amazing shows. He also plays with the Sea Beasts.

Mycroft Holmes:
Mycroft Holmes plays Suburban Death Folk. He has written at least a thousand songs, and been in several influential projects that no one’s ever heard. There is beauty and even popiness beneath his thrashing chords and keening melodies.

Picking up the guitar in 2001 after the frustrations of being a mere vocalist, Zombelle began writing songs in 2002. From the Midwest, now living in the I.E., she started playing shows in 2005. Slowing having her songs heard through recordings off of the Dead Notes Demo (which she self-produced in 2006), a milky-heart-heavy orb of lightless womb sensations which began attracting crowds to her very minimal live shows- a polar opposite from the thick multi-tracking of the recordings themselves. With very basic guitar chords complimented by a slew of vocal tracks, heartbeat rhythms, experimental sounds, creaks and a feel reminiscent of the 40’s 50’s soul era, her sound is certainly her own. Her tracks are available through Totally Mag’s “Totally 90’s” compilation as well as the 2007 Saturation Festival compilation. Currently finishing up tracks for the anticipated LP/CD release of the Gurgle Beast album due out in early 2008 on Silencio Recordings. -Growl On!

Old Shoes:
Old Shoes began six and a half years ago in the plains of Great Falls, Montana. When asked about the chosen title for his solo acoustic music, Tyson Ballew averts the question. He is stunningly shy despite his on-stage antics, running through the crowd, and, if the audience is outside smoking, chasing them down with his shiny, black guitar. His music has aged with him, and now Old Shoes represents a growing trend. His music is equal parts punk and folk, but he wouldn’t like it if you called it folk punk. It’s too unique to fit into a phrase.


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