Throughout her 20s, Deb Cavanaugh traveled back and forth across the country hitchhiking, then graduating to a VW bus, all the while playing music on street corners and cafes. Playing a variety of acoustic instruments (guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer and banjo), her show includes elements of pop, folk, jazz and blues. Deb’s stories and original songs embody her varied experiences and speak to the struggles and joys of parenthood, politics and daily life.
She will mesmerize you with her dizzying dulcimer playing and entertain you with her crowd favorite, “Driving Me Crazy,” which deals with the common annoyance of having a slow driver in front of you. Living in upstate New York, she has done local performances at Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY), Old Songs (Voorheesville, NY) and various cafes and clubs including The Low Beat (Albany, NY). She also teaches Music Together®, an early-education research-based program for families with young children.
In 2014, Deb released her first solo CD, "Highway in Your Eyes (musical memoirs)". This unique project, a double CD set with music on one CD and spoken word memoirs on the other, allows listeners a peek inside of the artist's heart and mind. They get to share the experiences spurring the creative process and learn about the inspirations for these songs. Since then she has written enough songs for another CD with plans to start recording a children's CD soon.
They say that variety is the spice of life, and Deb sets out to prove this in her many endeavors.
”Your vibrato is so well seasoned that it reaches inside the listener to places an unvibrato’ed note would not reach, thus exemplifying the raison d’etre of vibrato.”
MacLeod Cushing (translator, freelance writer, musician) Vancouver, BC, Canada
“Deb is always in tune with the chromatic atmosphere."
Nicole Suto (Nikilee Music & Bleak Little World) Troy, NY
Re:" Highway in Your Eyes"
"Wow, I love the song. The way your voice turns at the end to the wrenching, almost crying vocal is astonishing."
Anne Saunders (promoter, artist director Falcon
Ridge Folk Festival) - Sharon, CT