Chances are you've probably never, ever heard of Darcie Deaville, Jane Gillman or Rod MacDonald. Not yet anyway.
All three are up-and-coming young contemporary folk singers with suitcases full of impressive reviews to go along with that obscurity. And all three are gifted songwriters paying their dues on their hungry march toward greater recognition.The Deaville-Gillman-MacDonald Band will perform Tuesday, July 2, at 8 p.m. at the Social Work Auditorium on the University of Utah campus. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door and are available at Acoustic Music, Intermountain Guitar and Banjo, Smokey's Records, Great Salt Lake Guitar in Provo and Nu Sound Music in Roy.
In addition to writing and singing her own songs, Deaville is best known as the purple-haired fiddler from Canada who has earned a solid reputation playing with more famous performers such as Cathy Fink, Robin Flower, Peter Rowan and John McEuen. Her most recent release is "The Last Hitchhiker on the Lost Highway."
Gillman, who comes from the Austin, Texas, folk music scene, is a guitar picker who also plays the dulcimer and harmonica. She just released "Jane Gillman" on the Green Linnet label - an album that was voted one of the best acoustic albums of the year by Folk Roots Magazine. The album features instrumental and vocal backups by the likes of John Gorka, Mary-Chapin Carpenter and Johnny Cunningham.
Rod MacDonald is hardly a new voice in folk music. He's been playing the Greenwich Village folk scene for most of the last two decades, and his songs have been recorded by Jean Redpath, Garnet Rogers, Shawn Colvin, Christine Lavin and others. He spends most of his time touring Europe.