“I don't usually like folk music, but that underwear song is pretty good.”
—patron, Taliano's Restaurant, Takoma Park, MD
Zoe Mulford charms audiences with powerful, story-driven songwriting, an engaging stage presence, and an unlabored vocal style that draws comparisons to Joan Baez. She backs her voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo, drawing on the traditional music of Appalachia and the British Isles and stealing a few pages from the American Songbook to create music that feels both comfortably lived-in and sparklingly fresh.
Her newly-released fifth album, Small Brown Birds, centers on a new collaboration with English fiddler and mandolinist Tom Kitching. The songs trace a progression from winter to spring, with a message of resilience, community, and hope in times of trouble. With tracks such as “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” “Answer the Knock at the Door,” and “Zillionaire” chiming with current events, the album reached #1 on the Folk-DJ chart in the month of its release.
Raised near Philadelphia, Zoe took up the guitar and fell in love with the banjo during a twelve-year stint in Durham, North Carolina. Four years in Washington, DC introduced her to the community of contemporary songwriters, including her label-mates at the Azalea City Recordings cooperative. In 2006, she moved to the north of England. She now divides her time between Philadelphia, PA and Manchester, UK and tours on both sides of the Atlantic.
She has been a Kerrville Newfolk finalist and a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist. Her songs have been recognized by the Great American Song Contest and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and appeared in Sing Out! Magazine.Her song "Welcome In Another Year" has become a seasonal favorite on folk radio. It has been performed by many other artists, including John Roberts and Tony Barrand in their Nowell Sing We Clear Christmas revue and Four Shillings Short in their Samhain show.
In addition to music, Zoe likes farmer's markets, children's books, martial arts movies, and cooking with lots of garlic.