The Cupcakes

The Cupcakes

 Woodstock, New York, USA

Lyn Hardy, Elly Wininger & Janice Hardgrove
have combined skills and passions to create
The Cupcakes: a trio that performs songs they each have written, and well chosen songs by fellow songwriters.


The Cupcakes a Trio performing Acoustic, Americana, and Folk/Traditional
Recipe for The Cupcakes: Start with 3 uber talented women; add 5-6 instruments, (3 at a time); then cream together with a bouquet of awards for songwriting and independent music. Stir in 6 CDs, sprinkle with jingles, tours with famous people, production credits, and videos. Ice the whole thing with
humor and harmony. No need to bake- The Cupcakes definitely do the cooking!

Janice Hardgroves first memory with music goes way back to singing harmony on such songs as "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" with her grandfather at the age of 4. She grew up to become a jingle singer and, for over a decade, she sang national jingles for everyone from McDonald's, to Diet Coke, AT&T, Burger King, Pepsi, and on and on. As co-owner of London by Night Productions, she co-produced and arranged albums for John Gorka, Christine Lavin and Lucy Kaplansky, as well as scoring numerous national videos for Ricoh, At&T, and Schick, among others. Her song "Chamomile Flowers" is archived in the Smithsonian Institution. She also received 2 honorable mentions in Billboard's International Songwriting Competition in 2009. Currently she is working on her "Saturday Morning Songs" album, singing with the Dharma Bums and most notably performing with The Cupcakes!

Lyn Hardy has performed folk, rock, old time, contra, blues, and country music in the USA, Canada and Europe since 1965. She has toured and recorded with Jay Ungar, The Putnam String County Band, Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, and David Bromberg. Lyn formed and wrote most of the songs for Rude Girls, an eclectic all woman band renowned for their beautiful, outrageous and humorous music. Their first album, Rude Awakening (Flying Fish/Rounder Records) earned a NAIRD Award (National Association of Independent Record Dealers) for Best String Band Album. Lyns song, "The Ballad of Francine Hughes was chosen by the Smithsonian Institution for the Folk Song America- A 20th Century Revival collection, and Ronnie Gilbert recorded Lyn and David Hornungs, "Girl in the Red Velvet Dress. Lyn has six albums to her credit, and in addition to being a Cupcake, she plays with her daughter Ruth Merenda, cellist Abby Newton and her daughter Rosie Newton in the Mother Daughter String Band.

Elly Wininger got her start in the NYC Folk Revival scene playing blues and ragtime guitar in the basket houses of Greenwich Village. She played opening night at CBGB and performed there regularly and in other NYC venues such as Kennys Castaways, Dr. Generositys, Folk City & the Bitter End. She was a 2010 Official Showcase Selection at the Folk Alliance Midwest Conference and a 2010 Songwriting Competition Finalist at the Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival. In 2008 Elly was a Folk DJs Choice at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, and she has Honorable Mentions from the International Songwriting Contest and Song of the Year. Ellys 2 most recent CDs: Back Eddy Blues and Part Time Paradise have received widespread radio play and critical acclaim. When Elly is not being a Cupcake, she hosts a live Webcast variety show: "Catskill Cabaradio and plays with the Dave Kearney Trio.


Northern Lights

Written By: Lyn Hardy © 1990 Swinging Door Music

The stars are out dancing, the moon's way up high
The way that I feel, I could take wings and fly
And you've got that come-hither look in your eye
Shining like the northern lights

A warm summer breeze
Blows a kiss through the trees
One look at you I get weak in the knees
So lie on the blanket we'll do what we please
Shinning like the northern lights

Tomorrow's just tomorrow
Let's live for today
Save yesterday's sorrow for yesterday

I'm safe and I'm warm far away from all harm
And I'm watchin' the stars with my head on your arm
And thankin' the moonlight for lending its charm
Shining like the northern lights
Shining like the northern lights