Romeo Musician Finds 'Broken-Folk' as Her Juliette
Story by LCC Radio Reporter Sarah Spohn
Growing up in a picturesque charming village of peachy Romeo, Libby DeCamp spent
much of her time enjoying the great outdoors. Walking down tree-lined main
streets and horseback riding through open fields,
it’s almost a wonder that this twenty-year-old musician didn’t end up an
equestrian or a botanist.
The multi-instrumentalist plays banjo, guitar, violin, fiddle and a few other
instruments, despite her biggest regret of never experiencing ‘that one time at
band camp’ while in high school. Having performed as a folk duo in The DeCamp
sisters, landing her original tunes on the MTV program “Catfish,” toured with
Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe, and collaborating with Jack and the Bear,
this young musician has never had any formal training.
“I don’t have any schooling in music,” DeCamp said. “Most of what I’ve learned
comes from studying other people perform, watching videos, and doing research. I
still haven’t forgiven myself for not taking band in high school, though,” the
Inspired by Pete Seeger, Dock Boggs, Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong, Patsy Cline,
Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen and more, the old-folksy-soul produces music coined
as ‘innocently dark’ and ‘captivating,’ or as Libby calls it, ‘broken folk.’
“Many of the songs are inspired by traditional folk framework but take an
altered shape by extracting from various genres, and often juxtaposed with heavy
lyrical subjects,” she said. “We focus on arranging and producing the songs to
support the mood and meaning, and inflict emotion.”
redhead spent many of her time gaining freckles in the summer sun and equates
one of her biggest sources of inspiration to having horses.
Spending time around the fire with her aunts, uncles and grandparents singing
songs like “Amazing Grace” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” harmonies and all,
DeCamp cites family reunions as her most fond music memories.
Aside from John Denver singalongs, the artist also draws from American
Literature and looks up to many well-known authors.
“There is a deep well of admiration to some of the music and literary greats
who’ve reflected and challenged the times; Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, Nina
Simone,” she said.
Music is both a passion and a full-time job for DeCamp, who keeps busy with
original solo music, playing with Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe.
“Most all of my work time is dedicated to music,” she said. “Non-traveling days
are separated into writing, rehearsing, booking, etc. In the moments I’m not
working on music, I’m usually outside or making a pie.”
being the next Betty Crocker isn’t in the cards, DeCamp would be thrilled to be
a part of FarmAid alongside Neil Young. While dreams remain big, that’s not to
say the twenty-year-old folk instrumentalist doesn’t love the music scene right
here in Michigan, though.
“I am blown away by how welcoming and burgeoning the Michigan music scene is,”
she said. “It’s interesting to see all the different pockets, too.”
One of Libby’s favorite venues in the state is Ann Arbor’s own, The Ark. Having
attended many shows there before, DeCamp referred to playing the gig as a
“There is a sense of magic in the venue,” she said.
Up next for the outdoorsy, fiddle playing, semi-professional pie maker is
planning her next tour for later this year, and lining up content for a