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Cosy Sheridan

Maynard, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Maynard, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"The Midwest Record - The Horse King review"

October 18, 2011 CHRIS SPECTOR - Midwest Record
The Horse King
Waterbug #102
Seems fitting that a premiere folkie should land on the premiere folk label. Picking up the socio-political folkie side of things, Sheridan assails blows against the empire like she's a latter day Wobblie. Without being strident, she manages to send out a bunch more messages than the typical singer/songwriter has for quite some time. Delightfully offbeat, this is the email you look forward to getting from a friend of yours that's always on the go. All folkies know she's the real deal and this latest chapter is on the money throughout. - The Midwest Record


"The Midwest Record - The Horse King review"

October 18, 2011 CHRIS SPECTOR - Midwest Record
The Horse King
Waterbug #102
Seems fitting that a premiere folkie should land on the premiere folk label. Picking up the socio-political folkie side of things, Sheridan assails blows against the empire like she's a latter day Wobblie. Without being strident, she manages to send out a bunch more messages than the typical singer/songwriter has for quite some time. Delightfully offbeat, this is the email you look forward to getting from a friend of yours that's always on the go. All folkies know she's the real deal and this latest chapter is on the money throughout. - The Midwest Record


"The Chicago Examiner: The Horse King review"

November 09, 2011 Gary Tuber - Chicago Examiner
The Horse King
Waterbug #102
"The Horse King," from Chicago's Waterbug Records, is Cosy Sheridan's 10th CD, give or take. You can't make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you're doing, and do it well.
Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here. Nine of the 10 cuts are Cosy Sheridan originals. They are mostly upbeat, often toungue-in-cheek, and always original and clever.
In "Higher Financial Reform," as a way to encourage us not to trust our retirement funds to someone younger, Cosy suggests, "He will talk about liquidity, but really he knows diddly." Now, I ask you, when have you ever seen "liquidity" rhymed with "diddly."? Do some research and get back to me.
Play an air guitar? Don't do it. "Air guitar might have its charm, to me it's a waste of the hand and the arm." Cosy, my air guitar sounds better than the wood and string one.
"The Horse King" succeeds on all levels. Cosy is joined by Kent Allyn, David Surette, Penny Nichols, and TR Ritchie, on all their various instruments. Some cuts on the CD almost resemble show music in their productions. - The Chicago Examiner


"The Chicago Examiner: The Horse King review"

November 09, 2011 Gary Tuber - Chicago Examiner
The Horse King
Waterbug #102
"The Horse King," from Chicago's Waterbug Records, is Cosy Sheridan's 10th CD, give or take. You can't make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you're doing, and do it well.
Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here. Nine of the 10 cuts are Cosy Sheridan originals. They are mostly upbeat, often toungue-in-cheek, and always original and clever.
In "Higher Financial Reform," as a way to encourage us not to trust our retirement funds to someone younger, Cosy suggests, "He will talk about liquidity, but really he knows diddly." Now, I ask you, when have you ever seen "liquidity" rhymed with "diddly."? Do some research and get back to me.
Play an air guitar? Don't do it. "Air guitar might have its charm, to me it's a waste of the hand and the arm." Cosy, my air guitar sounds better than the wood and string one.
"The Horse King" succeeds on all levels. Cosy is joined by Kent Allyn, David Surette, Penny Nichols, and TR Ritchie, on all their various instruments. Some cuts on the CD almost resemble show music in their productions. - The Chicago Examiner


"Sing Out Magazine: Cosy Sheridan, "The Horse King""

In the notes for this CD, her 10th release, Cosy Sheridan admits to only recently deciding to refer to herself a “singer songwriter.” Until now, she’d always preferred “guitarist who sings.”

Cosy learned to play guitar decades ago from her babysitter, and it became her comfort and creative outlet. I’m always excited to hear a woman who can really play, and this Berklee student can. This is not to say that she should underplay her writing chops, which in my view, have always placed her solidly in the top 10% of touring artists.

Mythology, religion and higher finance take turns emerging in this release. Of the ten cuts, five are humorous and many contain warnings and advice. “Pay attention, don’t trust your pension to someone younger than you” precedes the almost motherly suggestion to “be outside.”

Cosy writes intelligent and clever lyrics with memorable melodies. The title cut is a great example. Aging sucks; whether you experience it personally or watch it’s emerging reality on a loved one. Cosy uses the iconic imagery of the “horse king,” now past his prime, being taunted and overrun by young stallions. Once you’ve heard this melody, you will not get it out of your head. A superb song.

As some artists age, their writing doesn’t match their earlier excellence, but Cosy consistently delivers and with real musicianship. Count on her to be clever with educated and touching lyrics whether in humor or reflection. — Angela Page
- Sing Out Magazine


"Sing Out Magazine: Cosy Sheridan, "The Horse King""

In the notes for this CD, her 10th release, Cosy Sheridan admits to only recently deciding to refer to herself a “singer songwriter.” Until now, she’d always preferred “guitarist who sings.”

Cosy learned to play guitar decades ago from her babysitter, and it became her comfort and creative outlet. I’m always excited to hear a woman who can really play, and this Berklee student can. This is not to say that she should underplay her writing chops, which in my view, have always placed her solidly in the top 10% of touring artists.

Mythology, religion and higher finance take turns emerging in this release. Of the ten cuts, five are humorous and many contain warnings and advice. “Pay attention, don’t trust your pension to someone younger than you” precedes the almost motherly suggestion to “be outside.”

Cosy writes intelligent and clever lyrics with memorable melodies. The title cut is a great example. Aging sucks; whether you experience it personally or watch it’s emerging reality on a loved one. Cosy uses the iconic imagery of the “horse king,” now past his prime, being taunted and overrun by young stallions. Once you’ve heard this melody, you will not get it out of your head. A superb song.

As some artists age, their writing doesn’t match their earlier excellence, but Cosy consistently delivers and with real musicianship. Count on her to be clever with educated and touching lyrics whether in humor or reflection. — Angela Page
- Sing Out Magazine


"Eros CD Review"

COSY SHERIDAN

Eros

Wind River 4042

Cosy Sheridan possesses an eccentric muse, or perhaps it possesses her. That's all for the good as this muse leads her into explorations to which other writers are oblivious. Thus, Eros stems largely from Greek mythology, as Sheridan sings with the wisdom of Minerva. Eros is a complete dozen song cycle that explores the nature of contemporary women and their lives as reflected in the age-old mythology. Sheridan specifically cites the myth of Eros and Psyche as the foundation for the album. She introduces the album's concept with the opening "The Story Of Longing," which contains a line about "the gods holding out their hand to me." Several of the songs stand alone without direct reference to the theme, but, taken in context, they fit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. "The Beauty Cream" updates the Persephone myth in a mock Gospel style. The wonderfully tongue-in-cheek "Weekend Workshop" sends up and puts down some New Age rituals. It might take Dr. Freud to divine all the nuances contained in this fascinating album of well-written songs. "You Still Love Me Somewhere" could be mistaken for a Carter Family song, not derivative, simply in that timeless style. The album ends with some irony, with "Happiness is Waiting," a song that uses laundry as metaphor. On this self-produced CD, Penny Nichols helped with the arrangements. Sheridan, who is a most adept guitarist, is accompanied by TR Ritchie, Kent Allyn, Nichols, David Surette and Eric Halter. This talented crew gives the songs bounce and substance. There's some very tasty picking on many of the songs. Sheridan has practiced her trade for many years, and has touched on these themes before, but not in a coherent stream of new songs. 1 laud her for going to Hades and back for a CD that stands apart from the hydra of singer-songwriters. Sheridan sings with the knowingness in her performance of someone who has lived, and this makes the tale of Eros all the more provocative and relevant.--RWarr - Sing Out


"Eros CD Review"

COSY SHERIDAN

Eros

Wind River 4042

Cosy Sheridan possesses an eccentric muse, or perhaps it possesses her. That's all for the good as this muse leads her into explorations to which other writers are oblivious. Thus, Eros stems largely from Greek mythology, as Sheridan sings with the wisdom of Minerva. Eros is a complete dozen song cycle that explores the nature of contemporary women and their lives as reflected in the age-old mythology. Sheridan specifically cites the myth of Eros and Psyche as the foundation for the album. She introduces the album's concept with the opening "The Story Of Longing," which contains a line about "the gods holding out their hand to me." Several of the songs stand alone without direct reference to the theme, but, taken in context, they fit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. "The Beauty Cream" updates the Persephone myth in a mock Gospel style. The wonderfully tongue-in-cheek "Weekend Workshop" sends up and puts down some New Age rituals. It might take Dr. Freud to divine all the nuances contained in this fascinating album of well-written songs. "You Still Love Me Somewhere" could be mistaken for a Carter Family song, not derivative, simply in that timeless style. The album ends with some irony, with "Happiness is Waiting," a song that uses laundry as metaphor. On this self-produced CD, Penny Nichols helped with the arrangements. Sheridan, who is a most adept guitarist, is accompanied by TR Ritchie, Kent Allyn, Nichols, David Surette and Eric Halter. This talented crew gives the songs bounce and substance. There's some very tasty picking on many of the songs. Sheridan has practiced her trade for many years, and has touched on these themes before, but not in a coherent stream of new songs. 1 laud her for going to Hades and back for a CD that stands apart from the hydra of singer-songwriters. Sheridan sings with the knowingness in her performance of someone who has lived, and this makes the tale of Eros all the more provocative and relevant.--RWarr - Sing Out


"Pretty Bird"

With clear poetic lyrics and mostly-acoustic arrangements based around Cosy’s impeccable guitar work, it doesn’t get better than this. Her guitar and vocal were recorded live, a rare thing in this world of overdubbed blandness, and cradled in simple arrangements that never make you feel like every song comes from a folk template where “guitar riff number 34″ always appears after the chorus. In fact, I forgot about the band a lot of the time, not because they aren’t good, but because they complement her well-written songs so well.

These songs cover a two-year period with a great deal of change in her life, from a break-up to new love, from a move across the country to the death of someone dear to her. Even though these are her stories, you’ll feel them reflected in your own life. In “Drive On” she sings about “Working hard to let it all fall apart.” When there’s so much change, sometimes that’s all you can manage. We’ve all been there. “The First Song” is a break-up tune. In less experienced hands this topic could lumber along like a bad journal entry but instead, it feels like a conversation with friend where all you need to do is give her a cup of tea and listen. “Pretty Bird” has a bluegrass feel, with solid harmonies and lively banjo rolls and mandolin chops driving it along. Cosy is known for her funny songs and she doesn’t disappoint in the swing tune “Welcome to Boston,” a “tribute” to that city’s drivers – “They just need you to get out of their way / Welcome to Boston, have a nice day.” Cosy also likes to use myths and see how they apply to everyday life; in “Rise Out of the Water,” she imagines a conversation between Arthur and Guinevere. What character she plays in that story may surprise you. She’s a master at metaphors, using them well in “Lost and Found,” where finding your way might mean using a map to find the grocery store or to figure out your life in general. “Sing Goodbye” is a ballad with only guitar, bass and vocal that’s about processing the hard stuff life throws your way. “Charlie is My Darling” is a light-hearted song done in the style of “Freight Train” and “Charlie on the MTA.” The CD ends with a sweet lullaby, “The Sandman’s Ride.” Every song is a gem. Highly recommended.

— Jamie Anderson - Sing Out Magazine


Discography

The Horse King - Waterbug Records 2011
Eros - WindRiver Records 2008
Live at CedarHouse - Waterbug Records 2006
The Pomegranate Seed - CMS Records 2004
Anthymn - Waterbug Records 2001
Grand Design - WindRiver Records 1999
One Sure Thing - Waterbug Records 1996
Saturn Return - Waterbug Records 1994
Quietly Led - Waterbug Records 1992
Late Bloomer - WindRiver Records 1990

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Cosy first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992  when she won the songwriting contests at  both the Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. She has been touring, writing and recording ever since. West Side Folk called her “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters.”  Her latest CD, Pretty Bird, was included in Sing Out Magazine’s “Great CDs of 2014”.

Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: love songs for adults and practical philosophy for  a complicated world. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the  American southwest. She has re-written greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women. Her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive percussive guitar style. 

For the past 20 years she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp and The Swannanoa Gathering. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp in Moab Utah.

 

"Her user-friendly  musical philosophy sets her happily apart from the myopic, self-involved songwriters...She is a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy  and noisome culture." - The Boston Globe


"A buddhist monk in a 12-step program trapped in the body of a singer/songwriter." - The Albuquerque Journal


"Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox." - Cornell Folksong Society

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