A decade+ as ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You), Rob Hinkal and Heather Aubrey Lloyd have played everything from bait shops to biker weeks to clothing-optional resorts all over the country. Their energetic brand of new folk garnered honors from Kerrville Folk Festival, National Association for Campus Activities, the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Most recently, they are 3-peat Washington Area Music Association Winners for Best Contemporary Folk Group. They engage audiences with humor and award-winning narrative songs that use guitar and djembe to highlight an unforgettably soulful and powerful female vocalist, and percussive, clawhammer-like guitar work that challenges the boundaries of "acoustic." Their infectious energy is softened with cello and lush harmony, making ilyAIMY "a welcome jolt" and "an acoustically roiling, combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare," say reviewers.
The last few years have been ilyAIMY's most exciting. Heather returned from backing Dar Williams' Promised Land Tour. The band added cellist Kristen Jones, now part of the touring trio. Rowan Corbett became a full member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and toured extensively with Rhiannon Giddens. In 2017, Heather released her CD, "A Message in the Mess," with songs that this summer won her 4th place as a Telluride Troubadour at Colorado's prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, an honorable mention from the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and an Emerging Artist slot at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York. ilyAIMY also released its 10th CD, "Cicada."
Among fans, Pat Wictor of folk supergroup Brother Sun, and former Northeast Regional Folk Alliance President, Cheryl Prashker:
"IlyAIMY ain't your grandpa's folk music - and thank goodness," says Wictor. "They are fearless writers and performers. Heather Lloyd's voice is enough for me. Voices this rich and emotionally hard-hitting - equal parts velvet darkness, barely contained heartbreak, and hard-won, unstoppable joy - don't come around often. Sing me the phone book - I'll ask for an encore."
"Being partial to their amazing and unstoppable rhythm as well as their sheer originality, I see ilyAIMY being a force in our community for a very long time!" says Prashker.
2017 HONORS & AWARDS
--Falcon Ridge Folk Fest -Emerging Artist*
--Telluride Folk Fest -(4th) Troubadour*
--Rocky Mtn. Folks Fest -Hon. Mention*
WASHINGTON AREA MUSIC AWARDS -Best Contemp. Folk/Acoustic ‘14, '15, '16
--American Songwriter Mag. Lyric Contest -2016 Hon. Mention
--Northeast Regional Folk Alliance -2011 DJ Showcase & 2012 Formal Showcase
--Falcon Ridge Folk Fest -2011 Emerging Artist 2011 & 2012 Most-Wanted
--National Association for Campus Activities -2010 Mid-Atlantic Formal Showcase
--Lilith Fair -2009 DC Talent Search Finalist
--Eddie's Attic Acoustic Shootout -2009 Finalist
--Kerrville Folk Festival -2005 NewFolk Finalist**
--Mountain Stage Newsong Fest -2005 Semifinalist
*Heather Aubrey Lloyd **Rob Hinkal Recognized Songwriter