Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer/songwriters.” The winner of The Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour Contest, and the Kerrville Folk Festival’s NewFolk Songwriting Contest, she has played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Her songs have appeared on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Dr Demento Show, in best-selling author Robert Fulghum’s new book “Third Wish”, on NPR’s Car Talk, and in the documentary “Wrenched”.
Together with her partner, fellow songwriter and bassist, TR Ritchie, Sheridan gives one of the most entertaining and intelligent concert performances on the folk circuit. She is a story-teller as well as a songwriter; she weaves children’s stories into stories of modern adulthood: The Little Engine That Could discusses quality of life issues with Ferdinand The Bull. Her modern renditions of mythology (we meet Hades the biker) have won her fans and praise from the press. The Cornell Folksong Society wrote: “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture; Persephone with Botox.”
In her new critically acclaimed CD, Eros, Sheridan weaves a cycle of songs about love. "We fall in love with what we’ve been told love will be – with this idealized perfection" she says. “But we live in a fallen world, and love inevitably disappoints us. And so, like Psyche, we wander the world trying to figure out what love is about. We’re always searching for the heart.”
Sheridan first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and released her critically acclaimed CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records. Folk Music Quarterly wrote: “When she’s accepting her Grammy, we can say we knew her when.”
Since then she’s released 6 more CDs and written a one-woman-show: ‘The Pomegranate Seed – An Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image and Myth in Modern Culture’, and co-founded The Moab Folk Camp with Ritchie. She is a regular songwriting and performance teacher at adult music camps across the country, among them The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in Washington and The Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina.