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posters

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contact

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venues

Some places played over the last 12 years:

Palms Playhouse, CA
Detroit Institute of Art, MI
Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, TX
Cafe de Amer, NL
Bob Harris Show, BBC London, UK
Freight and Salvage, CA
Whitstable Sessions, UK
Last Minute Folk, KS 
The Mockingbird, VA
Strawberry Music Festival, CA
The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, OK
Paradiso, NL
Fairfield Studios, LA
Porcupine Music Festival, MI
The Red Shed, UK
Sierra Nevada Big Room, CA
Pistol River Concert Association, OR
Americana Music Festival, NV
Grateful Fred's, UK
Americana Upon Tyne, UK
Muziekpodium Bakkeveen, NL
CC de Breughel, Bree, BE
Lincoln Association for Traditional Arts, NE
Gilroy Barn Concert, CA
Olive Street House Concerts, KS
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, CA
Common Fence Music, RI
Seven Arts, UK
Grass Valley Fathers' Day Bluegrass Festival, CA
Artz Rib House, TX
McNear's Mystic Theatre, CA
White Gull Inn, WI
California Worldfest, CA
Great American Music Hall, CA
Henry Tudor House, UK
Our Kind of Folk, FL
Laage Vursche, NL
Pasadena Folk Society, CA
SLO Folks, CA
Fiddle and Bow Folk Music Society, NC
Barker House Concerts, TX
Sisters Folk Festival, OR
Richard's Landing Town Hall, Ontario CA
Folk Alliance, TN
Folk Alliance, MO
Bound for Glory, NY
Theater de Wegwijzer, NL
Telluride Music Festival, CO
Bedford Public Library, VA
Sonoma Folk and Bluegrass Festival, CA
Manitowish Waters Music Festival, WI
Oaksong Society, CA
Alberta Street Pub, OR
Billsville West House Shows, WA
Alhambra Theatre, OR
El Rey Theatre, CA
The Balcony, NE
Meneer Frits, NL
Ricegrass Festival, TX
Kate Wolf Music Festival, CA
The Anvil, UK
The Grass Valley Center for the Arts, CA
Heights Live, TX
The Arcata Playhouse, CA
Larmer Tree Festival, UK
Sellersville Theatre, PA
Timberline Mountain Music Festival, OR
Sunset Tavern, WA
Oregon Country Faire, OR
The Green Note, UK
Acoustic Alley, NL
Artichoke Music, OR
Live Oak Music Festival, CA
Sam Bond's Garage, OR
Wellsville Creative Arts Center, NY
Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival, MI

 

songs

bio

Rita Hosking with Sean Feder ~

Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, dishes, black holes and hope.  An award-winning and prolific songwriter characterized as "here and now" by The Observer, she’s recently released her seventh album, For Real.  Her stories, songs and soul-stirring, country-folk voice are partnered with longtime collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Sean Feder on dobro, banjo and guitar. Together, they deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.”

The Rita Hosking Trio ~

Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, dishes, black holes and hope.  An award-winning and prolific songwriter characterized as "here and now" by The Observer, she’s recently released her seventh album, For Real.  Her stories, songs and soul-stirring, country-folk voice are partnered with multi-instrumentalist Sean Feder on dobro, banjo and guitar, and Bill Dakin on the upright bass. Together, they deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.”

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press

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"Authentic American folk-music that stirs the soul." --Alan Harrison for No Depression

"Splendid★★★★★ " --The Telegraph on Frankie and the No-Go Road  

"One of Americana's finest concept albums," --The Observer on Frankie and the No-Go Road


"Razor-sharp songs and great live performances,"  --The Daily Mirror, April 5 2013

"Top 10 Country Albums of 2013" --The Telegraph, writing of Little Boat  

"Arresting lines and images come thick and fast. Her songs are observational, political and philosophical in an unaffected, organic way." --Songlines Magazine

"More authenticity and integrity than you can shake a stick at," --Maverick Magazine
 
"She burns with a controlled intensity," -- Lonesome Highway  

"Mesmerizing," --Pure M Magazine

"She narrates the legacies of the working class flawlessly, walking the line between literary genius and front-porch-storyteller with great precision.  The album unfolds in a timeless manner, almost as if it would if Walt Whitman had chosen to wield a banjo instead of a pen." --Mother Church Pew
 
"Heartfelt country soul set by someone who has quietly become one of the best...Hosking is a real talent, and sits up alongside Nanci Griffith as someone who understands the human heart and can touch it every single time." --Jeremy Searle, Maverick Magazine

"Fourth album confirms poetic Californian's arrival into the country pantheon." --Uncut Magazine

"Her breed of Nor Cal country folk ain't quite old-timey, and it ain't quite bluegrass, but damn it's sweet. For fans of Emmylou and Gillian, this one's a safe bet. The songs of Rita Hosking are as fragile as a newborn baby, and defiant as a West Virginia coal miner." --Stuart Mason, Fiddlefreak Folk Review

"Beyond Nashville's airbrushed celebrations of blue-collar life lies an America of dirt-poor trailer parks and dead factories, one caught vividly by north California's Hosking. Her keening vocals and simple accompaniments are old-timey, but her lament for the Gulf of Mexico and its 'drunk shrimpers in oil-baron hell' is here and now."  --Neil Spencer for The Observer, "Hidden Gems of 2011."

"A soulful howl from the mountains." --California Bluegrass Association

"This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family's frontier experience." --Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com

"With something incisive to say, a poet's way with words folks actually use, and an instrument that delivers the goods, Hosking has talent to burn." --Minor 7th
 

"Rita Hosking's Burn, one of the genuine surprises in a pretty decent year of music, is right up there with Gillian Welch's The Harrow and the Harvest in the ranks of intelligent, moving, rooted-in-real-folk-music singing and songwriting." --Jerome Clark, Rambles.net

"A sledgehammer to my heart." --Frank Gutch Jr., Rock and Reprise

"There's a grit to her songs and a sinewy toughness to her voice that weave their own spell." --Q Magazine

"With an of-the-earth, gnarled voice that ranges from high and sweet to down-home and ferocious, Hosking had the audience in the palm of her hand, and the line to buy her CD's snaked through the Sierra meadows." --Ami Chen-Mills Naim, Santa Cruz Weekly about Rita's performances at Strawberry Music Festival.

"The first thing that hits you... is the strength and power in Rita Hosking's voice, and the fierce passion it contains." --Bob Gottlieb, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

"Superb country-folk from a brilliant singer-songwriter." --Americana UK

"With the release of Burn, Rita Hosking has established herself as one of the best in the genre. From top to bottom, this is an excellent CD--brilliantly written, well played and sung with deep conviction. There is not a single song to serve as filler and plenty that should go down as all-time favorites." --Craig Huegel, Our Kind of Folk

"From the first time I heard Rita sing, her voice gripped me and did not let go." --Joe Craven