Christine Sweeney & The Dirty Stayouts
With a voice as powerful as it is sultry and sweet, singer/songwriter Christine Sweeney deftly handles poppy and playful without sacrificing genuine emotion to create her version of indie blues pop. Her sometimes gritty, sometimes sugary vocals soar over a rhythmic guitar to build songs that are heavily focused on the feel of the lyrics, but also illustrate that she's no stranger to complexities in harmony.
After graduating from SUNY New Paltz, Christine has built a reputation as a veteran performer throughout her native Long Island. She has performed at Live in the Lobby in Patchogue and at The Folk Music Society of Huntington's Hard Luck Cafe as well as opened for national acts like China Crisis, Graham Parker, Jill Sobule and Nine Days. Christine has also been featured on WFUV 90.7FM, WUSB 90.1FM Stony Brook, WCWP 88.1 LIU Post Radio, WMSC 90.3 Montclair, and http://www.radionowhere903.com. Folk DJ Joltin Joe Pszonek (of Radio Nowhere) described her as a singer/songwriter who "will seduce you with her voice and then belt you with the blues. Her intelligent songwriting skills reveal a strong understanding of life and love. Streetwise with a tender heart, Christine is on my list of up and coming talents!”
Her recordings include "Live at the Bitter End," a live acoustic EP recorded with bandmate Dave Ferro at the famous NYC venue, and “Lune et Lumière” featuring her full band, Christine Sweeney and the Dirty Stayouts. Also featured in her band on backing vocals is long time friend from New Paltz, Samantha Kantor.
Christine won a slot at the coveted CT Folk Festival in 2019. She was an honorable mention as a performer at the Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2017, Semi-Formal and Folk DJ artist performer at NERFA in 2017.
Photographer: Luke Delahanty