In the last couple of years, Rupert’s won the coveted ‘Artist Of The Year‘ award twice on the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home(www.concertsinyourhome.com). Additionally, he’s performed as a finalist in the New Folk Song Contest at Kerrville, and played a showcase set as an Emerging Artist at Falconridge. 25 of his songs have been covered by other artists in the last three years alone, and two tribute albums to his material have been recorded by independent performers in Nashville and Los Angeles (details at www.rupertwatesmusic.com/covers.) Rupert has recorded his 9th solo Cd, ‘The Lights Of Paris‘, with two string players who have played previously with Alicia Keyes, Philip Glass and the New York Metropolitan Opera. The album has since been extensively reviewed in the international online press (www.rupertwatesmusic.com/buy-music). He averages 120 live shows a year, in every state in the US, in Canada and in Europe. One of them will be live at Middletown’s North End – Buttonwood. His Story: Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists including jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. Despite Wates’ British background, and underpinning the universality of his music’s appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him “a prime figure in American music” (www.acousticmusic.com) and goes on: “This is one gifted sonofabitch… If you’re not hip to this guy yet you’re missing out.” Award-winning singer-songwriter Rupert Wates home one gifted s.o.b. Mark S. Tucker FAME Award-winning singer-songwriter Rupert Wates home Concerts In Your Home “What a performance… It was a sheer delight to hear him…” (The Forwardian Arts Society) “[His] narrative storytelling is superb — even by the highest folk music standards.” (Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel) “Truly gripping lyrics with great themes and troubling, witty messages. An inspirational artist.” (Leith FM Radio 98.8 FM Scotland) ABOUT THE OPENING ACT, ANDREW BIAGIARELLI Andrew Biagiarelli spent his early 20s traveling the American West with just a backpack and a guitar. Jamming around bonfires from Alaska to Colorado, he absorbed all the varied influences of his friends on the road. With a sound ranging in style from folk and blues to jazz-infused, his music is as varied as the landscapes of the American West. While living on a sailboat in the Caribbean, he assimilated reggae and calypso rhythms into his approach to songwriting. A natural storyteller, he weaves a tapestry of songs and tales of his travels into his live performances.