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Eric Garrison: Bio

Eric Garrison is a singer/songwriter who combines a variety of influences in his original music. Drawing from a broad palette of musical traditions, he fashions music that has been hailed for its "expressive melodies, insightful themes, and sensitive yet bold and direct lyrics." (Taconic Newspapers) As a performer, Eric is known for the warmth of his shows, for his humorous stories and articulate perspectives on the human condition, and for the strong rapport that he develops with his audiences. The Stamford Advocate (Stamford, CT) calls him "the consummate performer, telling stories and singing his original songs as though he was entertaining in his own living room.
Eric was the founding coordinator for the Swannanoa Gathering's Contemporary Folk Week and Performance Lab Week programs and worked there as an instructor from 1992 through 2006, when he started his own program, Cedar Run Song Workshops, located in Madison, VA. Two of his songs, "Lehigh Valley Line" and "Breathing" came in 2nd and 4th in the 2000 WAMMIE Awards in the folk and pop categories, respectively, and in 2009 and 2010, Eric was a judge for the Songwriters' Association of Washington, D.C.'s annual songwriting contest.