Western Massachusetts Izzy Heltai is teaming up with VENTS for the release of a stripped back acoustic EP entitled Middle of Winter, an EP that bleeds with emotion.
About the EP, Heltai comments:
“In attempt to capture the true essence of these songs in their rawest form, I set out to record three live stripped down versions of previously unreleased original tracks in an old barn in the hill towns of the snowy pioneer valley in Western Massachusetts. An ode to the authenticity of live performance and inspired by the stillness that often comes with the winters in New England ‘Middle of the Winter’ brings to life a snapshot of the intimacy live folk music can bring.”
Izzy Heltai is a folk singer and songwriter based in Northampton, Massachusetts. He has been described as possessing “a voice that is equal parts gruff, sandpapered scratches, unfiltered and open just enough to let the story out and smooth, honeyed flavor that eases you in” (Red Line Roots). As a songwriter, he focuses on telling stories about love, loss, and growth – crafting songs both relatable to his inter-generational audience and specific to his experiences and proclivities as a young folk artist. Izzy’s music is influenced by folk legends like Carole King, Paul Simon, and Dave Van Ronk, as well as leading voices in the contemporary folk resurgence like Gregory Alan Isakov, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. In the summer of 2017, Izzy was a finalist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase in Hillsdale, NY, and in 2018 he was named a New Folk Finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, TX. He has performed at Mass MoCa’s acclaimed Freshgrass Folk Festival for two years running, and his debut EP release in January of 2018 was accompanied by a sold-out release show at the historic Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.