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Kray Van Kirk
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The room was almost empty after Van Kirk's show at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. A man with shirt-sleeves rolled up in the August heat walked over to him and stood hesitantly for a moment before thrusting out his hand. "I use to sing for my wife in the evenings, but she has dementia now and doesn't remember me. That song about the lost lovers and the dance hall..." he stopped for a moment before his Scottish reserve reasserted itself. "That's it exactly."


Encounters like that are the heart of Kray Van Kirk's music. He has played festival stages in front of thousands and coffee shop corners for only a handfull of listeners, but feels most at home playing house concerts and small stages where he can listen to his audiences and hear their stories. His connection with those who come to spend an evening with his exceptional fingerstyle guitar and storied lyrics led the Borderline Folk Club in New York to write that Van Kirk was "what every singer-songwriter should aspire to."


If you ask someone about Kray Van Kirk's music, comparisons to John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Thompson, or Dougie MacLean will come up. If you ask Van Kirk himself to describe what he does, he is likely to jump on top of a table in a crowded coffee shop and shout 'The wind is changing! Look sharp! Get out the map - it's time to go! We ride across a thousand pages and sail beyond the sunset, to seek, to find, to strive, and not to yield!' Some won't understand it, and that's perfectly fine. But those who do will wipe the tears from their eyes, smile knowingly, and drain their cups, toasting their own wild lands and wilder passions.

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Kray Van Kirk Isle of Man and UK/Ireland, October 2019

The trip has expanded from the just the Isle to include the rest of Britain and Ireland! Hello to the Isle and now the rest of Britain and Ireland! It's the 6th of January, the last day of traditional Christmas. The Laare Vane is hopefully about, and the Fiddler's Head was off yesterday! I'm…

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