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Going to Musikfest in Bethlehem? Here’s a local artist to watch

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Jessy Tomsko playing a free show the first day of Musikfest

STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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An indie folk singer/songwriter on the rise will be playing at 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas.
Jessy Tomsko, a Lansdale native and 2002 North Penn High School graduate now living in the Astoria section of Queens, N.Y., has such a loyal group of fans that she recently surpassed a $3,000 crowdfunding goal for an Indiegogo campaign to make her next album, titled “Wild and Good.” FOR AN OVERVIEW OF MUSIKFEST 2016, CLICK HERE
“I was nervous when I launched it. I read it several times and had 10 people proofread it,” Tomsko said in a phone interview.
It helped that she had a pretty good idea what thank-you gift incentives motivate people to donate, thanks to contributions she’s made herself to crowdfunding campaigns of artists she admires.
She will soon have to follow through on delivering signed CDs, writing customized songs for people (“One of them is turning into a co-write,” she reported), and in-person music lessons. “People are so supportive, and I’ve noticed such a growth in my fan base and my network,” Tomsko said. FOR EVENT TIPS CLICK HERE

Lansdale native Jessy Tomsko will perform Aug. 5 during Musikfest. Courtesy photo

Lansdale native Jessy Tomsko will perform Aug. 5 during Musikfest.
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Tomsko has been giving piano lessons since she was 16. After earning a degree in opera and voice performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, she expanded to teaching voice, piano and guitar. Her current students range in age from 4-50. “It’s a very fulfilling to do,” she commented.
Inspired by the music of Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco, Tomsko has appeared on stage at World Cafe Live and the Tin Angel in Philadelphia, Sellersville Theater (her most recent appearance was opening for Peter Bradley Adams), the Falcon Ridge Music Festival and the Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival. She’s shared the stage with Joan Osborne, Edwin McCain, Loudon Wainwright III and Ari Hest. “My favorite was Edwin McCain. He was so humble and kind. He felt like he slipped in the back end of the music industry before it changed,” she said of the “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” singer.
“Wild and Good” will join Tomsko’s body of work, which includes the album “The Light You Make,” EP release “Big Hearts” and more. “I really like going to the mountains and I really like going to the woods. I owe it to my fiancé, who’s a woodsy person,” she said of the nature theme that’s developing in her new batch of songs.
And yes, in the middle of all this Tomsko is planning an April 2017 wedding. “The thing is to do the bulk of the album before we get to crunch time. We’ll see how it all works out,” she said.
Check out www.jessytomskomusic.com for more.

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