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Connie Dover and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra

"Connie Dover has become an American treasure who has rediscovered the musical synergy that existed between the British Isles and the American West.” - Cowboys & Indians Magazine

"Just occasionally, a voice arrives on the folk scene that is so pure, so beautiful, so magical, that it tells you: this is how to sing a song. Such a voice has Connie Dover." - The Scotsman

“We have before us one of the best singers in folk music today, and probably, one of the female voices of this generation who is destined to stay at the forefront for a very long time . . . interpreted with emotion and an exotic, enduring passion." - Salvador Rodriguez, Faro del Ocio, Spain

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as "the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez," musician and composer Connie Dover finds her inspiration in the landscapes and culture of the American West. When she is not performing, she works as a ranch cook in the beautiful country between Wyoming's Wind River and Absaroka Mountains. Her recordings of traditional and original music – Somebody, The Wishing Well, If Ever I Return and The Border of Heaven - show the close ties between the American folk she sings around Wyoming campfires and their Celtic ancestors.

Connie received the Grand Prize in the Western Folklife Center’s Yellowstone-Teton Song Contest and a 2007 Emmy Award for her soundtrack music in the PBS documentary Bad Blood -The Border War that Triggered the Civil War, and she has twice been a finalist for a Native American Music Award. Her first book of poems, Winter Count, was published in 2007, and she is a recipient of the Speakeasy Prize in Poetry. She has been a guest on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday, A Prairie Home Companion, and Thistle and Shamrock, and her original music was most recently featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday (“What’s in a Song?”) and the broadcast news program Democracy Now!, hosted by Amy Goodman.

Connie’s newest CD is The Holly and the Ivy, a collection of traditional Christmas songs and carols recorded with the with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Missouri, Connie Dover is of English, Cherokee, Mexican and Scots/Irish descent. Her studies at Oxford University have further enriched her unique perspective of the context of traditional songs, and she offers a musical experience that transcends cultural boundaries and affirms our connection with the past.