…songs from the heart, honest, pure, sometimes whimsical.
Cindy is a singer/songwriter now living in the beautiful Lakes Region of NH. A New Hampshire native, Cindy was raised in a loving home by hard working parents. Her early musical influences are rooted in traditional country/western music; Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and a host of others. Later, other influences like John Denver, Cat Stevens, Joan Baez and Classic 70’s rock filled her teenage years. It is folk music however, that has stirred her soul and is evident in her writing.
Cindy learned basic guitar chords when she was 14 and wrote her first song titled “What Path From Here” which she performed in a Talent Night at Keene State College with two friends, winning first place. Later, after many years of mothering four children, in a home always filled with music, Cindy’s youngest daughter showed interest in playing the violin. They began taking lessons together, which ultimately led Cindy to once again to spend more time with her guitar, follow her heart, write music and sing.
“Music is one of my passions, it allows me the freedom to feel my emotions and express them in a creative and beautiful way. I find inspiration as I tend my extensive gardens, listening to nature’s music, walking through woods and mountains and thinking about the people who have touched my life. My family has provided great inspiration for the songs I write.”
Cindy performed with life long musician Peter Heimlich from early 2012 through 2015 as the folk duo MiddleGround. During that time she also had the privilege to perform with Taylor Whiteside. Taylor is a wonderful songwriter who performs in New England He also contributed instrumentally to the MiddleGround cd “Open Door”, released in June of 2014 which features six of Cindy’s original songs.
Before MiddleGround was born Cindy spent several years playing at local Open Mics with her daughter Alaina as well as other local performers including Franz Haas and Natalie Hebden. She was a member of the New England Fiddle Ensemble directed by Ellen Carlson from 2009-2012, playing both fiddle and guitar as well as singing.
Not only was 2014 the year of the “Open Door” cd release, but Cindy was also the featured local artist songwriter for the Cold River Radio Show hosted by Jonathan Sarty in November of that year. She was accompanied by Peter Heimlich, playing banjo and lead guitar.
Cindy now performs solo and also with Steve Hayden on Bass. This summer will also have a couple of special performances with Cindy Duchin and The Yankee Swap.