Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Massachusetts songwriter Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Recorded mainly in the wee hours of the night in the kids' play room, the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston's WUMB. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song "Rabbit Hole" was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin" (Maverick-UK).

Lisa is currently working on a follow-up album, to be released in September 2019.


  • 2019 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist

  • 2017 New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Semi-Formal Showcase

  • 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase

  • 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Honorable Mention

  • 2017 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Honorable Mention

  • 2017 New Song Music/LEAF Festival Showcase


In 2018, Lisa Bastoni was interviewed for The Tour Podcast, alongside such artists as Craig Finn, Marc Cohn, Alejandro Escovedo, Amy Helm and Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Host Ted Canova talks with Lisa Bastoni who reclaims her musical identify after a decade away, a path repeatedly influenced by Bob Dylan, busking on subway platforms, recording an exceptional breakout album, balancing motherhood, and the mysteries of her late-grandmother’s half written songs.