Cosy Sheridan has been called one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters, and also a Buddhist monk in a twelve-step program trapped in the body of a singer-songwriter’. Her music regularly tops the folk radio charts. Her CD, Pretty Bird, was listed among Sing Out Magazine’s Great CDs of 2014. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: ragtime guitar and social satire, modern renditions of mythology ( meet Hades the Biker ), and tales of modern adulthood. Her alter ego, Chlamydia, sometimes appears with songs such as “Botox Tango” or “Multiply Pierced.” The Cornell Folksong Society wrote: “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox.”
A guitar student of instrumental luminaries Guy Van Duser and Eric Schoenberg, and a voice student at The Berklee School of Music, she brings a depth of experience to her craft. Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, she plays a percussive bluesy guitar style - often in open tunings and occasionally with 2 or more capos on the guitar.
She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's NewSong Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, and then released her critically acclaimed CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records. Since then, she has released more than 13 CDs and written a one-woman show. Her songs appeared in author Robert Fulghum’s multimedia novel Third Wish.
In 2011 when she released “The Horse King,” The Chicago Examiner wrote: "You can't make it into double digits and continue touring for twenty or so years unless you know what you're doing, and do it well. Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable? It happens, just not often. It happens here.”
She is the director and founder of Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah. She has taught classes in songwriting, performance, and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country.