“Acclaimed singer-songwriter” is just one of Cosy Sheridan’s many talents and occupations.
A veteran songsmith with a dozen albums recorded over the course of the last two decades-plus, the East Coast-based Sheridan is also an acclaimed playwright and performance artist and passionate music instructor.
“It kind of has to work that way,” she said. “If you’re going to be a full-time artist, you’ve just got to have a lot of arrows in your quiver.
Scheduled to perform April 25 at Valparaiso’s Front Porch Music, Sheridan studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the early '90s, she wowed folk audiences with performances at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado.
Finding lyrical inspiration in everything from life experiences to current events and politics to ancient history and mythology, Sheridan released her debut, “Quietly Led,” in 1992 and has regularly released a string of recordings since.
Away from the studio and stage, she has also taught music at camps and workshops throughout the country and, in 2008, created the Moab Folk Camp, which brings acclaimed musicians throughout the country to Southeastern Utah annually to pass on their skills and knowledge to aspiring musicians and songwriters.
Additionally, 10 years ago, Sheridan debuted “The Pomegranate Seed,” a one-woman show that chronicles her life experiences as well as those of other women. Sheridan still performs the show occasionally today.
Sheridan, who now resides in Massachusetts, after residing for two decades in the western U.S, is currently touring in support of “Pretty Bird,” which was released earlier this year and is the follow-up to last summer’s “Solo Songbook.” She described “Bird” as “the most personal (album) I’ve made in a long time.”
The songs that make up “Bird” were inspired by the end of a long-term relationship and the battle her former paramour faced with terminal cancer.
“It started out as what somebody called my ‘divorce CD,’ because my relationship had ended,” said Sheridan. “But it became also a tribute, or a goodbye CD for him.
“In many ways, it’s a real time event,” she added. “The first song on the CD is called ‘The First Song’ and it’s written about our breakup, and the last song I wrote on the CD is called ‘Saying Goodbye’ and I wrote it for him when I knew that he was dying.”
FYI: Cosy Sheridan will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Front Porch Music, 505 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso. Tickets are $12. Call (219) 464-4700 or visit FRONTPORCHMUSIC.COM.