About Jud

A little history...

where the roots go deep

Jud Caswell is an award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing in his native state of Maine and beyond for more than 25 years. In 2006 he made a splash on the national scene, winning the legendary Kerrville New Folk competition. He’s had his songs taught at Berklee, recorded by Judy Collins, and named “#4 Song of the Decade” by New York’s WFUV. His record “Live at the Seagull Shop” was the number 1 album on the Folk Alliance International radio charts in March of 2020. Jud is currently releasing a series of albums of music that he recorded during the early months of the pandemic.

Honors and Awards

  • Winner, 2008 South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Contest, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Winner, 2007 Dave Carter Memorial Song Contest, Sisters, OR
  • Winner, 2006 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kerrville, TX
  • First Place, 2006 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, Boston, MA
  • Selected, 2006 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, Hillsdale, NY
  • Winner, 2006 Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest, Richardson, TX
  • First Place, 2006 Suwannee Springfest Songwriting Contest, Live Oak, FL
  • Winner, 2004 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, Mansfield, MA
Jud Caswell is much more than a great singer and guitar player, Jud's songs take you into the storyteller's world with clear images and characters that come to life for the listener.” - David Wilcox
Caswell's fluent, warm, honey-like melodies and his undoubted skill with his six-string both constitute aural delights... Jud Caswell is a rare and eloquent song poet who truly deserves your time and your God-given listening apparatus... 9 out of 10” - Arthur Wood

— FolkWax

Jud Caswell is an enormously talented lyricist, composer, performer, and producer. It's only a matter of time before he's discovered by the rest of the world; you should discover him now.”

— Maine Today