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THE LEVINS ( pronounced The L'Vins ) Ira and Julia Levin combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s and the intention of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. It's Happy-Folk, Smile Pop....sounds likeThe Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.
2011 Winners: Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition
"The Levins have that all-too-rare combination of upbeat, sonically-active lyrics set to harmonically interesting music, presented with a professional and engaging stage presence. " - Bill Pere, Director, CT Songwriters Academy
“Catchy original tunes and a truly unique sound for two...but it’s their harmonies that put it over the top...not to mention, they are truly having fun. It’s infectious.”...Paul Siegel, Bozarts.com
“The Mamas and the Papas having coffee with Cole Porter."
The music of The Levins (pronounced The L’Vins) has both offered a journey and been on one. New to New York, The Levins have been performing in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, northern NJ and Manhattan. They are affiliated with Tribes Hill, NJ Folk Project, and have been gaining momentum at songwriter showcases at NERFA, Huntington Folk Festival and area venues.
Their albums recorded with their west coast world folk ensemble have garnered invitations to perform in both Amsterdam and England and their first release was distributed by Transcontinental Publications, Spring 2011. They have received songwriting awards for their folk, pop, Jewish and children’s music. Their EP-Barely Contained, paved the way to the east coast and they are currently in the midst of creating their first full length recording as The Levins’ folk pop duo.
In 2000, singer-songwriters, Ira and Julia, met at an open mic at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA, fell in love, married two years later and have since performed on both sides of the Atlantic singing for festivals, conventions, special events, and for concerts large and small. Whether they are singing about coffee, the rubber chicken of freedom, the poetry of Hafiz, or being barely contained with joy, The Levins are dedicated to making the world a happier place through music.