Pretty Bird listed in Sing Out Magazine's "Great CDs of 2014" (hooray!!)
Cosy first caught the attention of national folk audiences when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest in 1992. She has been touring, writing and recording ever since. West Side Folk called her “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters.”
Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: love songs for adults and practical philosophy for a complicated world. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. She has re-written greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women. Her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive percussive guitar style.
In her latest CD, Pretty Bird, Cosy writes about all the changes that brought her back to New England from the southwest: the end of a long term partnership with songwriter TR Ritchie, meeting her current husband, moving back to Boston, and Ritchie’s illness and death due to pancreatic cancer. Sing Out Magazine listed Pretty Bird as one of their Great CDs of 2014. Pretty Bird also charted in the top 100 songs of 2014 on folk radio’s Folk DJ list.
For the past 20 years she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country at such camps as the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp in Moab Utah.
"Her user-friendly musical philosophy sets her happily apart from the myopic, self-involved songwriters...She is a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture." - The Boston Globe
"A buddhist monk in a 12-step program trapped in the body of a singer/songwriter." - The Albuquerque Journal
"Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox." - Cornell Folksong Society