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"Connie Dover is the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez . . . Her soprano is shimmeringly pure, her phrasing pristine, her evocations of ancient Anglo-Scottish, Irish and American cowboy ballads melodically exquisite and utterly believable." - Boston Globe

"Just occasionally, a voice arrives on the folk scene that is so pure, so beautiful, so magical, that it tells you:  this is how to sing a song. Such a voice has Connie Dover."
 -The Scotsman (Scotland's National Newspaper)

"Connie Dover has become an American treasure who has rediscovered the musical synergy that existed between the British Isles and the American West."
- Cowboys and Indians Magazine

 

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as "the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez," Connie Dover is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her soaring, crystal-clear voice and inspired arrangements of the music of Scotland, Ireland and early America display a depth and breadth of range that have established her as one of the world's pre-eminent traditional singers.

Connie performs in concert, on radio and television around the world, and she has been a featured guest on NPR's Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Thistle and Shamrock. She has released four critically-acclaimed solo albums, and her music can be heard on many soundtracks and recordings of folk and world music. She is a recipient of the Speakeasy Prize in Poetry and the Yellowstone and Teton Song Contest Grand Prize.

Connie was born in Arkansas and raised in Missouri. She studied at Oxford University, and she has researched music from Edinburgh, Scotland to Miles City, Montana. Connie spends her summers cooking on a ranch in northwest Wyoming, and she is a cook and guide at a remote winter camp in Yellowstone National Park.

It was around Wyoming campfires, trading songs with old-time cowboys, where Connie discovered that the ancient ballads she learned in Scotland were still being sung on cattle trails in the Rocky Mountains.

Nature is a constant theme in Connie's music. Her enchantment with the enduring quality of traditional songs and her exploration of the interplay of Celtic and American music inspire her creative work. Her instinct for capturing the emotional core of each song and her love for the high plains and mountains of the American West paint the broad landscape of her music.

 "She sings with exquisite longing. . .Connie Dover possesses that most rare of instruments, a voice so evocative, so perfect that it makes other voices pale in comparison. Hers is a universal voice, so steeped in tradition that it conjures images of Scotland, of Ireland, of Appalachia, of the Old American West. . . . a consummate singer."  - Old West Journal

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