Who ARE these people?!
For over a decade, rob Hinkal and Heather Aubrey Lloyd have crisscrossed the nation as ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You). They have played everything from bait shops to biker weeks to clothing-optional resorts. Collectively their energetic brand of new-folk has garnered honors from Kerrville Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Washington Area Music Awards, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, National Association for Campus Activities, the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and more. Most recently, they are celebrating a third win as the Washington Area Music Association Winners for Best Contemporary Folk Group. They combine award-winning songwriting, tight male/female harmonies, signature intricate slap-style guitar work, ukulele, djembe and an eclectically humorous stage show into an exquisite package.
And that’s just the duo.
2017 marks the 14th year ilyAIMY has spent traveling these United States - and they are currently touring to support their latest (and TENTH!) CD, "cicada". From coast to coast and end to end rob Hinkal and Heather Lloyd have been Living off of papercuts and string cuts, their music and their wits for over a decade. Heather is also an accomplished percussionist and supported Dar Williams on her "Promised Land" tour and has just (2017) been announced as a finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest!.
ilyAIMY has recently received accolades from Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Washington Area Music Awards, the North East Regional Folk Alliance, the National Association for Campus Activities and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and over the years have played everything from bait shops, to biker weeks, colleges and coffeehouses and clothing-optional resorts.
“A bone-rattling acoustic act... with driving lyrical force [and] male/female harmonies that lock in, lift, drop and pull ... And then they slow it down and rip you open.”
- Jake Stephens, On Tap Magazine
"ilyAIMY ain't your grandpa's folk music - and thank goodness. They are fearless writers and performers… Voices this rich and emotionally hard-hitting - equal parts velvet darkness, barely contained heartbreak, and hard-won, unstoppable joy - don't come around often.” – Pat Wictor, Brother Sun
ilyAIMY also includes, when venue size and travel allows, Kristen Jones (cello), Sharif Kellogg (bass, piano) and Rowan Corbett (bones, djembe, vocals), who is also a member of the neo-Celtic band, Tinsmith and the Grammy-award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.
2017 - Falcon Ridge Folk Fest Emerging Artist (Heather Lloyd)
2017 - 4th Place at Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Telluride Troubadour Contest (Heather Lloyd)
2016 - Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIE) for Best Contemporary Folk Group
2015 - Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIE) for Best Contemporary Folk Group
2014 - Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIE) for Best Contemporary Folk Group
2013 - Winner of Artscape Sound Off Live
2012 - Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Most-Wanted Artist
2011 - Falcon Ridge Folk Fest Emerging Artist
- NERFA Folk DJ Showcase Artist
- NACA Mid-Atlantic Showcase Artist
- WAMA nominated: Best Contemporary Folk Group
- Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Folk/Acoustic Honorable
Mention for "The Winter Bride."
2010 - Lilith Fair DC Talent Search Finalist
2009 - Hon. Mention (Heather) Mid-Atlantic Song Contest
2007 - Finalist Eddie's Attic Shootout (GA)
2005 - Finalist (rob) Kerrville's Grassy Hill New Folk (TX)
- Finalist Eddie's Attic Acoustic Shootout (GA)
- Semi-finalist Mountain Stage Newsong (WV)
- 3rd Place (rob) SMAF Songwriter's Contest (MD)
- Finalist (heather) SMAF Songwriter's Contest (MD)
2000 - Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIE) Nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording
for "Wingsweep / Wingswept"
Rob Hinkal - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Heather Aubrey Lloyd - Vocals, ukulele, Djembe, Acoustic Guitar
Rowan Corbett - Vocals, Irish bones, Guitar, Djembe
Kristen Jones - Vocals, Cello
Sharif Kellogg - piano, Bass
Joey Jenkins - drums
Myxomatosis Failed - 2003
on Luck on Fumes on Spit on Love - 2003
Myxomatosis Took Its Toll - 2005
The Fifth Circle - 2006
Between Lover & Twilight - 2007
A Gift For Saint Cecilia - August 2009
Another Life / Another Live - September 2013
cicada - May 2017
(all independently released, all artwork by frontman Rob Hinkal)
Samples - 2010 - Heather Lloyd
Message in the Mess - 2017 - Heather Lloyd
rob and Heather are the principle noise-makers in ilyAIMY.