“Daddy was a seeker,” says Mare Wakefield. “Eventually he became a Salvationist minister. Mama was a gypsy, loving nothing more than a long stretch of highway.”
Born with wanderlust in her DNA, Mare lived in eight different places before she was ten. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,” she says. “We picked up Wisconsin accents in two weeks. Eighteen months later we were drawling like native Texans.”
For Turkish-born Nomad, the journey was equally varied. His musical education began at the exclusive Istanbul Conservatory and continued with a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Nomad’s gift for musical arrangements includes a full arsenal of classical, folk and jazz chops.
Versatility and travel-scapes are evident in their music. Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and Amsterdam canals. Journeys go inward too, exploring hope, heartbreak and barroom brawls. Story and song are woven together by Mare’s intimate delivery and Nomad’s exquisite piano and accordion.
Mare Wakefield and Nomad are currently based out of Nashville, TN.
Kerrville’s NewFolk Songwriting Competition Finalists (TX) and Emerging Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY). Their original song “Candles & Carols” was featured in a 2017 Lifetime TV movie. New record TIME TO FLY spent four weeks in the Top Ten on the Roots Americana charts and featured the #2 song of the month for February on the Folk DJ radio charts, and was nominated for 2018 Album of the Year in the No Depression Year-End Readers Poll.
“Musically sophisticated, weaving elements of jazz and bluegrass into her compositions. Don't pass up the opportunity to see them perform.”
~ San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Lovely vocals and even lovelier songs. Mare Wakefield and Nomad are a little bit old country, a lot contemporary folk a la Dar Williams or Patty Griffin."
~ New York Times
"Cozy brilliance ... The merger of Maria McKee, Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Parton"
~ Louisville Eccentric Observer
"Oregon cafes, small Texas towns and twangy Nashville rolled into one"
~ Cranky Crow
~ Skope Magazine
“You'll be astounded!”
~ Maverick Magazine, UK