Congratulations and best wishes to Rita Hosking for being named a finalist in the Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest.
It's a prestigious contest and a well-deserved honor for this talented, hard-working singer-songwriter. She hails from Shasta County and plays in Redding often -- she has an Oaksong Society gig scheduled at Bernie's in December.
From Rita Hosking's web site:
"Rita Hosking was raised in the mountains of eastern Shasta County, Northern California, where she internalized dusty woodsheds, the scent of springwater, forest fires and the troubles of rural economies. Her musical experience began as a child at church, and under the wings of an old time jug band made up of seasoned mountain characters. A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice."
And Rita does, indeed, have a powerful voice - one that makes you listen and believe. Wishing her all the very best in Sisters in September.