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Istvan Medgyesi

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Meet Istvan: Fairport Harbor — by way of Cleveland Heights — multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, auto-harp, and sitar) Istvan Medgyesi dabbles in a little bit of everything under the spacious umbrella of folk music. "I'm a very eclectic listener," he says. "Which has a big influence on the approaches I take when writing and performing."

Experimental Recordings: Friendly Experiments, a collection of tracks from a series of impromptu recording sessions, came out in 2007. Between performing and studying Hindustani classical music, Medgyesi is in the process of recording a new album, which he hopes to have finished by fall.

Purple Haze: Opening for Grateful Dead contemporaries the New Riders of the Purple Sage has been the highlight of Medgyesi's career so far. "It was pretty cool to share a stage with some of the musicians I grew up listening to," he says.

Why You Should Hear Him: On Friendly Experiments, Medgyesi channels everyone from Bob Dylan ("I Knew This Girl") to My Morning Jacket ("Morning, Morning"). He even comes close to achieving the droning nirvana of psych-rock guitar hero Ben Chasny's Six Organs of Admittance on "Truly We Dwell" and "The Lost Regions."

Where You Can Hear Him: istvanmedgyesi.bandcamp.com

Where You Can See Him: At the Grog Shop on April 10 and Beck Café on April 15. — Jeremy Willets

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