Kelly Shively and AnnMarie Rowland – have been friends ever since the first time they sang Kate Wolf’s Across the Great Divide together at a festival jam session twenty-five years ago. Separately, they are well-traveled with their music in various duos and as soloists. But they’ve mostly kept the magic that happens when they sing together confined to their own living rooms.
Kelly Shively grew
up on the family farm. Her musical interest was sparked by a father who
sang nonsensical songs daily, a grandma who roped her into the church
choir, and piano lessons begun at the age of nine. She sings the songs
of her heart, written about and centering on her family and faith. She
strives to be the voice of hope, healing, and encouragement to those who
come to hear her. She has been part of several duets through the
years and is currently part of the roots music duet, Rustic Heart, with Norm Hausler. Kelly plays harp, fiddle, banjola and banjo.
has a Michigan mitten tattooed on her heart. She knew from the first
time she picked up a fat, red, wooden pencil in kindergarten and drew
some letters that made a word, that magic happened when she strung a
whole lot of those words together. Her Dad handed her a yard-sale
guitar when she was eleven years old. She loved to sing and was
comfortable with her new friend within days. AnnMarie's songs gravitate
towards the simple life of community and friends, tradition and
constancy, love and companionship, loss and reflection. Whether it's an
original song about the old family piano up on the auction block, or
something borrowed from the great canon of musical Americana, her voice
resonates with the strength and insight of someone who has lived both
glory and sorrow, and has reflected, prevailed and gained.