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Mariah Dawn Shepherd & the Covert Dragon is a fun treat to behold.  Both singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists with a passion for music and performance, their sounds and harmonies have been compared to truly great artists yet maintain something beautifully potent and purely their own. Their music is lighthearted, uplifting, meaningful, and full of love, life, and joy. They describe themselves as an earth-friendly sparkle folk rock jam band. One might ask what is sparkle folk? Mariah says, “we write and compose music that’s uplifting and helps people to feel good, ideally so good that they light up and sparkle inside. We like to think it’s good for people and the planet. All of life. It’s real and full of heart. It lets people know that life is and can still be grand; that we can get past the collective horrors and evolve into overall happier ways of being with one another. That’s what we like to project through our music and interaction.” They playfully work from their seven album releases and intersperse unique magical jams into their shows for the listening enjoyment and enrichment of their audiences! 

MDSCD 2022

Mariah Dawn Shepherd

Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter, Poet, Percussionist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Jokester, Artist

Randy Widick

(the Covert Dragon) 

Guitarist, Bassist, Percussionist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer-Songwriter, Poet,,



 In the last few years, Mariah Dawn Shepherd & the Covert Dragon has successfully toured throughout the United States from coast to coast and parts of Canada performing for theaters, festivals, house concerts and a little of everything in-between. Some festivals in particular are: Earth House Midsummer Gather, Starwood Festival, Wild Folk Spirit Circle, Sacred Harvest Festival, Music in the Desert and more to come!

Here is a recent letter (August 17th, 2023) of recommendation from Earth House Project of Minnesota:

"To whom it may concern:

It has been the Earth House Project’s pleasure to have Mariah Dawn Shepherd & the Covert
Dragon as one of our Midsummer Gather Musical Guests of Honor in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021,
2022, and 2023; and we look forward to their return to us in 2024.


Their style of music, Sparkle Folk Rock, translates into a unique, fun, and enjoyable concert for
our guests of all ages, genders, beliefs, and walks of life. Of particular value to us is their love
for their craft and the desire to share it with others.

They are reliable, dedicated, eternally upbeat, and they have consistently met or surpassed all
expectations we have of our Guests of Honor. Their “wandering minstrels” travels through camp
at random times is especially fun, heartwarming, and community-building.

Mariah Dawn Shepherd & the Covert Dragon regularly mingle with our others guests and have
become valued individual members of our community in their own right.
On the business side, they are a pleasure to work with. They are punctual, their requirements are
modest, communicate easily, and their fees are extremely reasonable for the services they
provide. If you have the opportunity to include them in your festival or venue, I would highly
recommend and encourage it.



Allen Gray (He/Him)
Earth House Project Inc., Chair
Midsummer Gather Committee Chair
USPS: PO Box 226, Shafer, MN 55074-0226
Phone (Office): 612-322-9821
Phone (Personal Cell): 815-997-0543"


Mariah's debut album ‘Equivocal Dreams’ was released in 2012, next with the Covert Dragon was their 2016 release ‘Woodsy Mushrumps’ along with Randy's solo album titled 'Randall of Greenwood: Regeneration' and 2017 release 'A Date With Myself', next followed the 2019 release 'Beyond The Smokey Mirror' and 'Tend My Garden: The Lost Album in 2022. Mariah and Randy are now preparing a whole batch of new songs to be recorded on their new and upcoming albums. Their newest album, Stir The Primordial Soup, has been released as of June 1st, 2023.

Mariah Dawn Shepherd & the Covert Dragon's music has been played throughout the world on various radio stations and podcasts. One podcast in particular was in England on (Damh the Bard's DruidCast, Episode 50).

Mariah and Randy say their inspiration comes from nature where they love to be the most. They love traveling the world, sharing heartfelt music and creating good relations with all. They both are both looking forward to their next international tour and all the joy that follows...

Originally hailing from Southwestern Indiana, these two eclectic singer-songwriters bring a colorful moving and upbeat blend of earth-friendly original sparkle folk rock and jam intent on bringing harmony to all - one note, in 432hz, at a time. With a successful background in touring throughout the North American (respectfully, Turtle Island) continent in the last several years, many have come to enjoy both Mariah’s and Randy’s friendly, fun and easy-going presence. Performances and songs are delivered with wholesome storytelling flare and heartwarming authenticity. Each performance is entirely novel and a one of a kind experience!

Mariah Dawn Shepherd & the Covert Dragon

LIVE @ Starwood Festival 2023

Mariah Dawn Shepherd & the Covert Dragon's Interview with

The Blue Spark, April 2023

A Few of Our Songs

Thank You for Visiting!

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