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Amber Ikeman-Touring Spirited Folk Songstress w/ Christian Cuff
Mar 13th @ 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Amber Ikeman’s music carries audiences across the open spaces of the American West and into the depths of their souls. Her Folk/Americana songs tell stories of self-discovery, resilience, and wildness, with powerfully clear vocals and raw, confessional lyrics. Inspired by her solo journey from her Florida hometown to live and work in Yellowstone National Park, her debut album, “Free,” was named one of Southwest Montana’s top local albums of 2015. Amber’s engaging performances earned the 2017 Vic Heyman Songwriting Award. She is touring nationally with her second album, “Rise.
Amber always had a wandering spirit. She was born in Ontario, Canada and moved to Sarasota, Florida at age 10, where she would often sit in math class writing poetry and lyrics. Raised on Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Cat Stevens, Amber also loved intense romantic music like Puccini’s operas.
After getting a B.A. in classical voice, Amber took a job as a nonprofit professional in her hometown, Sarasota, FL. On the surface, it seemed that she had a comfortable life, yet deep down she felt bored, unfulfilled, depressed, and trapped by expectations. When she turned 25, Amber quit her job, sold everything that didn’t fit in her car, and drove across the country for the first time – by herself – to work as a dishwasher in Yellowstone National Park. It was the first stop on a 30,000-mile solo cross-country quest to find herself, the inspiration for her debut album, “Free.”
“Free” was named one of Southwest Montana’s top local albums of 2015. Amber’s engaging performances earned the 2017 Vic Heyman Songwriting Award. She is touring nationally with her second album, “Rise.”
Joining Amber on this evening will be former Tucsonan and now from Bar Harbor Maine-Indie Folk/Americana artist Christian Cuff. Of all of the multitudes of performers that I play during the breaks, Christian Cuff’s music and delivery are the one that consistently gets noticed by musicians and patrons alike.