MISSISSIPPI COTTEN BIO:
The mighty and muddy Mississippi River begins as a trickle flowing out of Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota. It grows and flows for 2,348 miles until it pours into the Gulf of Mexico.  As the river passes between Iowa and Illinois, you'll find a group of 5 cities oddly referred to as "The Quad Cities". Davenport and Bettendorf on the Iowa side and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois.  East Moline, like singer/band leader, Kyle Tigges, commonly holds the position of the outcast. The FIFTH of FOUR cities... this is where Kyle was raised and where music making became the only real source of making sense of the nonsense that continues to surround him.  
 
At age 14, Kyle began singing and fumbling around on the guitar.  Performing sensitive (perhaps overly sensitive) "mellow-core" songs in and amongst the hard-core punk scene that you could find in and around the Quad Cities in the late 90's/early 00's.  His bands and songs were never shunned but were never  really able to connect with audiences filled with supercharged, sweaty, and sometimes bloody young concert goers. 
 
Over a decade later and nearly 1000 miles from the Mississippi to the Hudson River, Kyle finds himself happily living and sharing music with folks in and around New York City.  These humble yet powerful experiences from adolescence to early adulthood (and an abundance of overstimulation) continue to fuel and inspire the music that you will hear in the various formations of Mississippi Cotten. 
 
Find him playing in and out of the city as a solo performer with harmonica and guitar... maybe catch him picking a banjo with his established electrified-folk outfit...  or stay tuned for the most recent formation of Mississippi Cotten with soaring electric guitars, a super-groovy rhythm section, and heart stopping vocal harmonies.  
 
 
NIALL CONNOLLY BIO:
 
 
New York based, Cork born songwriter Niall Connolly has released 8 studio albums, a live album and an EP. His latest album ‘Dream Your Way Out of This One’ features collaborations with his long term NYC band as well as guest appearances from Glen Hansard (Once, The Frames, The Swell Season) Javier Más ( Leonard Cohen’s band) and Deni Bonet (REM, Cyndi Lauper, Sarah McLachlan).
 
Connolly has toured all over Europe and the US including festival appearances at  Glastonbury, CMJ, Prague Fringe Festival, Acoustic Festival Düsseldorf, Cork Folk Festival and Cuala NYC. He has opened for Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan,Lucius, Evan Dando, Eugene Kelly, Lambchop, Mick Flannery, Wallis Bird, MisterWives and many more.
 
He is the founder of Big City Folk Collective. Big City Folk hosts over 100 events annually throughout New York, a monthly concert series in Woodstock and a biennial music festival.
 
"An absolutely beautiful collection of songs... I was gobsmacked by the quality of the songwriting... accomplished composition and arrangements... 4 stars."
-Arena, RTÉ Radio 1's Arts Show

"Terrific. Disarming and beautifully crafted folk-pop. Connolly is a witty storyteller and not-to-be-missed songsmith."
-Chicago Tribune


"Connolly's songs are both sad and uplifting. They're real. They speak to the goodness in people, that need to do something to make the world just a little better."
- Budapest Times
 
"Amongst the most vibrant, poignant, and authentic indie folk artists in New York City."
- No Depression
 
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