The New Rising Sun Concert Series returns to Sacred Springs with Aurora Birch & Izzy Heltai! We are so thrilled to be hosting these enchanting & formidable musicians we love in our favorite spot to hang in all of Grand Rapids. Come on down for a beautiful night of songs, brews, and friends—we’d love to have you!
Aurora Birch is a sorceress of song, a pacer of rugs, and a woman who shreds the guitar. She would be happy to introduce herself to you through her debut record, Brightness, released in December of 2017. Aurora lives in the forest in southwestern Michigan, where she writes string quartets in her brain and finds most of her dreams haunted by George Harrison’s guitar licks. She will be recording her second full length album in early 2020.
Izzy Heltai is an indie-folk singer-songwriter who puts a unique twist on traditional story-telling. Based out of Northampton, Massachusetts, Izzy’s songs reference specific images while simultaneously addressing broader universal truths, often inspired by the natural beauty of Western massachusetts.
“A voice that is equal parts gruff, sandpapered scratches, unfiltered and open just enough to let the story out and smooth” says redline roots, Izzy’s songs are unmistakably his own, with a strong emphasis on the nuanced dynamics of his voice. With complex melodies and playful wordplay, Izzy’s work sounds unlike anything you’ve heard before but is still guaranteed to get stuck in your head.
As a solo artist who spends the majority of his time on the road, Izzy’s songs often reflect the joys of a semi nomadic lifestyle – dealing with topics of impermanence, loneliness, love and its many manifestations, and what it means to find “home” outside of a permanent residence.
At 22-years-old, Izzy has already garnered a local loyal following in the New England Area. His new EP “Only Yesterday” was accompanied by a sold-out release show at the Historic Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, in April 2019, and Izzy continues to play other esteemed venues in the area, including Mass Moca, The Dreamaway Lodge and the Parlor room. He was also a recipient of a 2019 Club Passim Iguana Fund Grant for his forthcoming record.
In the summer of 2018, Izzy was named a finalist in Kerville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting competition in Kerville, TX, and in 2017 was included in Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase in Hillsdale, NY. He has performed at both regionally and nationally acclaimed festivals such as Ossipee Valley Music Festival in Cornish, ME and Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival at Mass MoCa in North Adams, MA, three years in a row.