About Kristin Andreassen
Kristin Andreassen is an award-winning songwriter and composer of music for both children & adults. She’s toured three continents as a member of the celebrated old time stringband Uncle Earl, the “folk noir” trio Sometymes Why, and as a clogger & educator with the Appalachian traditional dance group Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Kristin’s debut solo album Kiss Me Hello features the single “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes,” which won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize for Children’s music, has been used in weddings, choir recitals, marching band performances, and topped the charts on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Kids’ Place Live. Kristin has recorded with some of music’s all-time great producers: Mark Schatz (Nickel Creek, Tony Rice Unit), Dirk Powell (Cold Mountain, Balfa Toujours) & John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
In 2011, Kristin & fiddler Laura Cortese co-founded the Miles of Music Camp, an all-ages artists’ retreat on an island in New Hampshire. She’s planning now for the 3rd Annual Miles of Music week is June 8-14, 2013.
This year, Kristin has been to Europe twice with the band Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard. Jeffrey is a fantastic songwriter & comic book artist. Check him out.
She’s also been happy to have time at home to write for a new album or her own songs, and to finish recording a children’s music project with Brooklyn-based child psychiatrist Kari Groff. Their first collaboration, “Rockin’ to the Fiddle”, was released in 2012. Next year they’ll release a second album and accompanying series of books dedicated to helping kids with issues they face growing up. The songs & skits address sadness, bullying, divorce, moving to a new town, making mistakes, and the power of believing in yourself.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kristin now makes her home in Brooklyn, New York. When she’s in town, you’re likely to find her at the Lowlands old time music jam, or teaching clogging classes at the fabulous Jalopy Theatre.