Joan and Joni

Joan and Joani
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Both classically trained singers and up-and-coming musicians in the DC-area folk scene, Kipyn Martin and Allison Shapira met at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in 2013 and soon realized their musical influences were similarly shaped by the folk revival music of the 60s. Soon, Joan & Joni, a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, was born. Kipyn is a singer-songwriter with Shenandoah River roots. She won Gold in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and was New Artist of the Year in Washington, D.C. in 2015. Allison is a recovering opera singer who recently found her authentic voice as a folksinger and songwriter. She left opera to get a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Through her own company, Global Public Speaking, she teaches public speaking and presentation skills, using music as a way to help others find their voice. She has performed for audiences in South Africa, Japan, Argentina, Israel, Rwanda, Austria, France, Italy, Croatia, and around the U.S.

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