Iowa folk singer returns to Rockford

Iowa folk singer returns to Rockford


Iowa folksinger Carol Montag returns to Rockford December 15 for a performance at the Backpack Concert Series. She will perform at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner Street. Admission is $9.

The singer-songwriter has appeared at several area venues including the Rockford Folk Festival. Montag is touring in support of her fifth and latest recording, Marigolds.

Heartwarming, homespun and hilarious, Montag’s original material is drawn from her own experiences and observations. Her voice has been compared to Joan Baez, and folk legend John Paxton has referred to her as a “genuine discovery.”

Montag is making a rare December solo appearance. During the holidays, she typically performs with the musical trio Tribute. Tribute has been filling Midwestern concert venues the last three years, and their album is played nationwide throughout the holiday season.

A versatile performer, Montag has appeared in musical theater and the ballet. She wrote and performed the music for Swallows Will Return in the Spring, a production commissioned by Ballet Iowa. Other credits include appearances at the prestigious Winnipeg Folk and Bix Beiderbecke Festivals and performances with Arlo Guthrie, John Gorka and Jim Post.

Doug Oleson, writing for The Ogle County Life-Rock, stated, “Carol has the type of voice that fills one with wonder and awe… you could hear a pin drop.” Monie Hayes of The Hawk Eye was equally enthusiastic: “A gifted songwriter with an angelic voice, yet down-to-earth delivery. She seems born to hold a guitar and beams when she plays one.” The Burlington Area Arts of Burlington, Iowa, said, “… a singer of new songs written by her for her. Carol is not folk or blues or modern, she cannot be categorized, she must be heard.”

For more information, contact Backpack Concerts at (815) 654-1958.

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