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We Banjo 3
2016 Billboard World #1 artists. Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race. Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play. Collectively, WeBanjo3 have been at the forefront of Irish banjo and fiddle for 2 decades. Their competitive success is unrivalled, Martin holding 7 All Ireland titles, Enda with 4, while Fergal and David hold All Ireland titles on Banjo, Fiddle, Bodhran and Guitar.
Michael Daves feat. Tony Trishka and Brittany Haas
“Michael Daves is a Grammy-nominated New York-based bluegrass, country, and rock musician whose unruly interpretations of American roots music standards have won him a place of almost fanatical admiration as a “renegade traditionalist.” Joined by Tony Triska: A native of Syracuse, New York, Trischka’s interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio’s “Charlie and the MTA” in 1963. Two years later, he joined the Down City Ramblers, where he remained through 1971. That year, Trischka made his recording debut on 15 Bluegrass Instrumentals with the band Country Cooking. Also joined by BRITTANY HAAS: (more on her below)
Brittany Haas is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. Born in Northern California, Brittany grew up honing her craft at string camps nationwide, and developed her unique style of fiddling at the influence of her mentors, Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger. A prodigious youth, Haas began touring with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings at the age of fourteen. At seventeen, she released her debut, self-titled solo album (produced by Anger). Haas continued to tour and record while simultaneously earning a degree in Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University (where she also minored in Music Performance). It was during her time at Princeton that Brittany was asked to join the seminal “chamber grass” band Crooked Still, with whom she has made four recordings and toured the world.
“…a major fiddling talent has emerged.” — Mark O’Connor
Sherman Holmes feat. the Ingramettes
Sherman is the eldest Holmes Brother and vocalist, bassist, and pianist, has continued the Holmes Brothers’ tradition of giving of his musical and spiritual talents; and exploring the musical landscape. Sherman was born near Christchurch Virginia and his schoolteacher parents fostered he and his late brother Wendell’s early interest in music with Baptist hymns and spirituals as well as the blues. Sherman studied clarinet, piano, and and music theory at Virginia State University before taking up the bass. The rich history of the Holmes Brothers began in 1979 and ended in 2015. Sherman shared in the winning of the Blues Foundation’s Band of the Year (’05) and Album of the Year (’08) as well as a NEA National Heritage Fellowship (’14), the highest honor the US bestows on folk artists. Brought to you by the Virginia Folklife.
Furnace Mountain named for a mountain near where all the members grew up, consists of some of the most innovative and gifted musicians in Virginia. With Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Danny Knicely on mandolin and fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals. the band creates music that is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki, and other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written.
For more than five decades, The Ingramettes have been bringing their music and ministry to congregations in the Tidewater and Piedmont. Their commanding, spirit-filled performances demonstrate the extraordinary depth of talent in American gospel music. The group is one of Virginia’s premier gospel ensembles. Brought to you by the Virginia Folklife.
“The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds.”
The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Van Deventer on fiddle. The Woodshedders have played Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, PBS Song of the Mountains, WAMU’s Capital Americana, and are a host band of Virginia’s Watermelon Park Fest.
Corn Potato String Band
The Corn Potato String Band has earned high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised.
The Corn Potatos have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the Central and Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes.
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Back this year…Fiddle Camp!
Fiddle Music Camp – River and Roots 2017 – This year at River and Roots Festival we will be featuring a Fiddle Music Camp on Tuesday 6/20/17 thru Friday from 1 pm thru 3 pm each day, Friday will be 1-2 pm. This camp is for all ages and all levels. Students should come with a working fiddle and a way to record (most smart phones have a record app). Tuition is $100 for all 4 days and does not include the early arrival festival ticket (some day parking will be available for day tripers) Or call 540-955-1621 for questions. Get Tickets