Holy August Batman! (Latest Newsletter)

Hello Friends, Old And New!

It's been a while since my last newsletter and we have quite a bit of catching up to do!

  I spent a few weeks traveling down to Texas and back, hung out in Nashville for a spell, drove up to Canada, and I've just returned from the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate NY. I learned a ton about myself, and about being a traveling singer/songwriter.

Over the past few months I have also been finishing up my EP. For those of you who just joined me, I ran a Kickstarter campaign in December to fund the project. It is different from my first album 'Crimson', which is still available on all online platforms, as well as CD Baby where you can order a hard copy. Or just come hang out at a live show and I'll sign it for ya! The EP (Extended Play) contains 6 songs. I'll get into detail about the recording process when I release it, but I am thrilled about these songs and how they developed. I'm sending it out for mastering this coming week. As I say to my guitar before every gig, stay tuned!

Before I go on, I want to tell you about a few upcoming dates.

My Birthday is this weekend! I will be singing with my friend Toby Tobias at Mac's Steakhouse from 8-11. If you are in or around Huntington, Long Island, tomorrow night 8/12, come celebrate with us!



  • Aug 16 - LIVE At Deepwells w/ Rachael Kilgour // Saint James, NY


  • Aug 25 - Greenwich Village Showcase // New York, NY


  • Aug 31 - Pianos w/ Mike Tedesco // New York, NY
  • Sep 6 - House Concert w/ Mike Tedesco // Cambridge, IL

  • Sep 7 - Uncommon Ground w/ Mike Tedesco // Chicago, IL


  • Sep 8 - 10 - House Concert w/ Will Pfrang and Mike Tedesco // Milwaukee, WI

  • Sep 15 - Burlap and Bean w/ Mike Tedesco // Newtown Square, PA

  • Sep 16 - Great Eastern Music Festival // Montauk, NY

  • Sep 23 - Common Ground Coffeehouse Supporting Pesky J. Nixon // Hastings-On-Hudson, New York, NY

 I'm looking forward to seeing you out there! In September, Mike Tedesco and I are doing a mini tour to Wisconsin and back. You can help us out by telling your friends in the area that we are passing through -  More details can be found on my website - Follow this link TOUR PAGE

I would like to send a quick shout out to my new friends in Canada! Thank you for welcoming me into the Mariposa Folk Festival family! It was a beautiful weekend and I will be making plans to return for a tour next year.

As I mentioned, I am fresh off of a weekend at the Falcon Ridge Festival. (See the image at the top, taken by Neale Eckstein under the Big Orange Tarp, a late night showcase hosted by Alan Rowoth). The festival has been an oasis for me since the first time I attended in the summer of 2012. So it was especially poignant for me to return as a Most Wanted Artist, and share the main stage with Kipyn Martin and Bettman & Halpin. Welcome new Falcon Ridge friends! I look forward to seeing you throughout the year, and of course at Falcon Ridge 2018. I know some of you are already packing ;)

The last thing I want to mention in this newsletter is the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. For those of you who are not familiar, it is a musicians networking conference where you can schedule and submit for opportunities to play for venue owners and radio DJs. I have been attending for three years and in many ways I have grown up in this community. This year I am thrilled to announce (and by thrilled I mean I jumped up and down in the living room when I heard the news) that I have been selected to play a Formal Showcase. Thank you to all my folk spirit guides for helping me find my way. You know who you are.

Well, folks...I'm sure there's more, but it's Friday night and I have tours to plan! I'll see you when I see you!




Opening for Miles To Dayton!




We are pleased to welcome Miles to Dayton back to the Patchogue Theatre Main Stage for their third headline performance in celebration of their fourth album, "Forces Unknown." Since their first Live in the Lobby performance ten years ago, they've become a beloved part of the PTPA "family" of local musicians over countless performances by the full band and individual members.

At the heart of their unique marriage of styles lies a real-life marriage: vocalist Krista Preddice shares the microphone with husband Jonathan Preddice, who proposed to Krista on our stage at their last show in 2009. In addition to being the principal songwriter for the group, Jon also shines on guitar, cello, accordion, and trumpet. Bassist Dave March (Krista’s brother) and dynamic violinists Leanne Strom and Alisa Rabbitt (Jon’s sisters) add depth to the vocal harmonies, with Dave’s low, soulful bass and the double violin soaring classical virtuosity providing the sonic bookends for the M2D sound. Drummer Brian Kroll propels the music forward with an exciting and funky edge.
“A mix of folk, country and classical music, delivering four-part harmonies and improvisational violin and cello parts, Miles to Dayton is stacked with solid musicianship and is definitely worth checking out.”

– Relix Magazine

Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot had a love child, raised with the help of godmothers Judy Collins and Maria Muldaur. Surely this is how singer/songwriter Kirsten Maxwell got her start. A listen to her voice and turn-of-phrase/lyrics, and these luminaries will be brought to mind. Kirsten released her debut album, "Crimson," this year. The first standout element of this recording is the purity of Kirsten’s voice. Sweet, with a presence and intimacy. A compilation of eleven original songs on love and longing, "Crimson" is the kind of album you embrace when it's time to let go.


9/1 – Caffe Vivaldi NYC

9/2 – Jack Halyards with The KT Connection LI

9/4 – Bradstock Festival LI

9/10 – Labyrinth Café FL

9/16 - Mudville Music Room FL

9/17- White Springs Folk Club FL

9/22 – Milk and Sugar LI

9/23 – Patchogue Theater LI (Opening for Miles To Dayton)

9/24 - Acoustic Café Music Series NJ (Opening for End of America)

9/25 – Caleb Smith Preserve Festival LI with Mike Tedesco

9/28 – 10/2 – South West Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Conference

Making Local Waves!

"Young Singer-Songwriter is Drawing National Attention, Accolades..." The Huntingtonian

"The 23-year-old Huntington High School graduate has received many accolades in the recent months..."  Huntington Patch

Kirsten Maxwell of Huntington has been named a winner of the 2016 South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition after showcasing her talents, along with 12 other finalists, during the annual festival in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 16.  As one of three winners, Kirsten received a cash prize and has been invited to perform on the festival’s main stage next January.

This is just the latest in a series of accolades that the versatile 23 year-old vocalist, guitarist and songwriter –- who has quickly become a recognized fixture on the Long Island singer-songwriter scene -- has received in recent months.  Last year, she was the first-place winner in a contest sponsored by the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) and had the pleasure of opening a concert there for Michael Johnson (“Bluer Than Blue”). She also earned a coveted slot in the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase at the 2015 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference that took place in Kerhonkson, NY last November.  Last fall, Kirsten also drew a standing room only crowd to the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room, where she and Annika Bennett, another young singer-songwriter, showcased their talents as part of the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Hard Luck Café series. Kirsten will present a free concert at the Huntington Public Library on Friday evening, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. She also shares a bill with Cathy Kreger, another Huntington-based singer-songwriter, at the Our Times Coffeehouse at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City on Friday night, Feb. 19.

Kirsten’s stunningly pure voice has drawn comparisons to the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell and is evocative of the 1960s folk scene. “I never thought I’d ever hear a voice as angelic and mesmerizing as I did when I first started listening to Joan Baez some 50 years ago, but then I heard the voice, the songs and melodies of Kirsten Maxwell,” says Jon Stein, host of Hootenanny Café on WTBQ-FM in Orange County, NY. Stein will interview and spotlight Kirsten on his show on Sunday, Feb. 28 that airs at 9 p.m. and will also stream online at www.wtbq.com and be archived at www.talentconnections.com.

Kirsten, a Huntington High School graduate, who holds a BA in Creative Writing from SUNY Geneseo, has been exercising her passion and writing skills since composing her first song at age 12. Last year, she independently released her debut album and is currently promoting it to folk and other radio programmers across the country and beyond. Entitled Crimson, the album is available as a CD and a download at her website (kirstenmaxwell.com) and at CDBaby.com. Crimson is Kirsten’s unique look at lost or unrequited love. Each of its 11 songs is a story unto itself that reveals the emotional driftwood of relationships run aground. “It was love at first listen,” says Joltin Joe Pszonek, host of Radio Nowhere on WMSC-FM in Montclair, NJ, who first heard Kirsten perform live during a Borderline Folk Music Club Picnic in Rockland County, NY last summer.

Sharing his sentiments, Artie Martello, who produces and hosts a Mostly Folk podcast from upstate Halcottsville, NY, says: “Her exceptional vocal range, lilting melodies and heartfelt performance is the perfect match for her songs. Crimson will take you on a journey through familiar moments in life and have you nodding your head in agreement. The best part is that this is only the beginning.” Martello’s interview with Kirsten will air on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 a.m. and can be heard online at http://mostlyfolk.org/.

John Platt, host of Sunday Supper on WFUV 90.7 FM in the Bronx, also is impressed with Kirsten’s abilities and will feature her in his monthly “On Your Radar” showcase at Rockwood Music Hall on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Tuesday night, March 10.

Other upcoming area appearances of note include The Song Box house concert series in Seaford on Saturday, April 30 (during which she shares the bill with Annie Mark, another Huntington area singer-songwriter. The two artists work during the day at TK’s Galley, a restaurant in Halesite] and The Eclectic Café in Bay Shore on Saturday, May 14 (during which she’ll swap songs with nationally touring singer-songwriters Rachael Kilgour and Matt Nakoa).

“It is exciting to return to your home town after college and connect with it in a new way,” says Kirsten. “My days at Huntington High School were some of the best, but I did not identify with the community until I found the folk music scene on Long Island. The musical community here is powerful, and fellow musicians and music lovers are the reason I have made it this far doing what I love.”

For Immediate Release (Photos available. Interviews can be arranged.)

Contact:  Michael Kornfeld Michael@michaelkornfeld.com 631-418-8548

Upcoming Show Dates - Catch Me Live!



December 15thYears End Best Writer’s Night (KJ Farrell’s) Bellmore, NY


December 18th – Starlight Concert Series (St. Paul’s United Methodist Church) Northport, NY w/ Jesse Terry 7:30pm


December 19th – Joe's Garage and Grill w/ Toby Tobias as The KT Connection Riverhead, NY 8-11pm


December 23rd – Café Vivaldi Greenwich Village, NYC 7pm


January 9th – Music At The Mission (West Milford Presbyterian Church) West Milford, NJ 7:30pm


January 16th -17th  - South Florida Folk Festival (Songwriting Competition) Fort Lauderdale, FL


February 5thHuntington Library Solo Show Huntington, NY 7pm


February 19th – Our Times Coffeehouse w/ Cathy Kreger (Ethical Humanist Society) 7pm

~Weekend Events~

Two great Singer/Songwriter events this weekend!

On Friday night 11/20 I am very excited to perform at Songwriters in the Round, sponsored by the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. Four musicians, all originals, and the third round of the evening will feature a new song produced for this show by each songwriter, on a theme provided by the previous show's audience.

** Free admission, all ages, beer, wine and great eats. **
** 35+ beers 30+ wines all available by the glass or bottle. **

Tonight's line-up:

Beth DeSombre
Aaron Nathans
Davey O
Kirsten Maxwell

Songwriting Prompt: Green Hills

On Saturday night 11/21 I am looking forward to playing in an all original music series featuring two RISA members and a guest performer.

- Eva Cappelli
- http://evacappelli.com/
- Terry Kitchen
- http://www.terrykitchen.com/
- Kirsten Maxwell
- http://www.kirstenmaxwell.com/

Hosted by Greg Klabon.


Tell you friends in Massachusetts and Rhode Island! I would love to play for you and them. Both are sure to be cozy nights of live music!

Kirsten Maxwell Opens for Michael Johnson

We've got a wild November ahead of us, but first things first - I am honored to be opening for Michael Johnson! This evening will take place on Saturday, November 7th at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Rhode Island. More information can be found HERE: http://www.stonesoupcoffeehouse.com/

Michael Johnson, a classically trained guitarist, an off-Broadway actor and an ex-member of the Chad Mitchell Trio whose credits encompass two #1 Country hits, a #1 Pop hit and a #1 R&B song is the featured performer at Stone Soup Coffeehouse on November 7, 2015. Kirsten Maxwell, the 2015 RISA Songwriter winner, opens for him.

Stone Soup is now located at The Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI. Concerts start at 7:00 PM; tickets are $20.00 in advance through PayPal on our website or at the door. (Stone Soup is wheelchair-accessible.)


A Great Year

Today, I want to say thank you. Many incredible things have happened this year and I am so grateful to all the people in my life, old and new, who have taught me so much and continue to help me find my way.

Since last summer I have:

Released my debut ALBUM

Created this website!

Recorded and performed with some fabulous musicians!

Sang in a bar on Park Ave and performed a Cabaret show on Long Island.

Won a songwriting contest held by RISA (Rhode Island Songwriting Association)

.....and much much more!

Here's to continued transformation and life!


Kirsten Maxwell