Madison Cunningham

Madison Cunningham photo by Claire Marie Vogel

45th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Friday, January 28

Benefactor, Platinum, Gold Circle Pre-Sale: Nov 29
Member Pre-Sale: Dec 6–Dec 8
Public Sale: Dec 10


Singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham first picked up a guitar at age seven, and by 15 she had decided to pursue her passion for songwriting, citing Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan as key inspirations. Fast forward to 2021, and the California native has a GRAMMY-nominated debut album “Who Are You Now: (Verve Forecast) under her belt, a follow-up EP, “Wednesday,” a late-night TV debut performance, and an Ann Arbor Folk Festival appearance. With a “voice reminiscent of Stevie Nicks” (WXPN’s The Key) and accolades comparing her to Fiona Apple (NPR Music), Jeff Buckley, and Joni Mitchell (Rolling Stone Country), Madison has made an impression on her musical peers. Champions include John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Harry Styles (for whom she opened at Madison Square Garden), Andrew Bird, and more. She toured North America supporting the Punch Brothers, Amos Lee, Lake Street Dive, Calexico, and Iron & Wine, performed as a duet partner with Chris Tile on Live From Here, and recently appeared in and helped score Sara Bareilles’ television show Little Voice.