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ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You) is a percussive acoustic rock animal hailing from Baltimore, MD. Mixing genres from rock to folk to soul to bluegrass; flavours as varied as jazz and hip hop curl through what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting sounds in today’s folk(ish) music scene. Recently hailed as an audience-voted “Most-Wanted Artist” at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, ilyAIMY combines 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.

2013 marked the 10th year ilyAIMY has spent traveling these United States. 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.

ilyAIMY has recently received accolades from Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, 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.


  • 2013 - Winner of Artscape Sound Off Live
  • 2012 - Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Most-Wanted Artist
  • 2011 - Falcon Ridge Folk Fest Emerging Artist
  • 2011 - NERFA Folk DJ Showcase Artist
  • 2011 - NACA Mid-Atlantic Showcase Artist
  • 2011 - WAMA nominated: Best Contemporary Folk Group
  • 2011 - 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)
  • 2005 - Finalist Eddie's Attic Acoustic Shootout (GA)
  • 2005 - Semi-finalist Mountain Stage Newsong (WV)
  • 2005 - 3rd Place (rob) SMAF Songwriter's Contest (MD)
  • 2005 - Finalist (heather) SMAF Songwriter's Contest (MD)
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