Rob Reid, Carmel Mikol, Matt Campbell | Uncommon Ground | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Rob Reid, Carmel Mikol, Matt Campbell

When: Sun., May 16, 7 p.m. 2010

Influenced by the Chicago Public Library’s wide-ranging music collection and inspired by the eclectic songwriting approach of Paul Simon, Andrew Bird, and Caetano Veloso, Rob Reid incorporates various Americana and world music genres into a style uniquely his own. Layering vocal harmonies, guitar, and kitchenware on a looping station, his songs tell stories about automated check-out clerks at chain hardware stores, rusted automobiles surviving three decades, and a preservation battle surrounding a thirty foot tall seahorse made of plaster.

Canadian singer/songwriter Carmel Mikol is a storyteller, crafting songs with a provocative blend of truth, fiction and wit. The title track of her new album, “In My Bones,” just took First Place in the Folk Category of the Great American Song Contest, and is a testament to the mature, literary songwriting that has her being deemed “the most promising Cape Breton born singer songwriter to hit any stage in years” ( echoes this sentiment, stating “in the very near future most East Coast music lovers will know the name Carmel Mikol.” This year, Carmel tours her new album through Canada & the US, returning to her home province of Nova Scotia in the summer to play esteemed folk festivals the Lunenburg Folk Fest, Deep Roots Music Fest and Celtic Colours International Festival. Stream the new album and find more info at

Carmek Mikol plays the second set at 8 pm, and Matt Campbell closes at 9 pm.

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