Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her.
Abe Goorseky and Philipp Gabathuler started playing as “Good Buddy” after a chance encounter with a homeless blues man having breakfast at a street side café in Lynchburg, VA. He saddled up to the breakfast table without hesitation (or invitation) and introduced himself as Good Buddy.
Based in Charlottesville,Virginia, the Olivarez Trio, Rick Olivarez, Dave Berzonsky and Jeff Cheers, create a vibrant acoustic blend of French Gypsy jazz styles mixed with eastern European folklore, waltzes, early jazz improvisations, with a sampling of everything from Classical and Baroque themes to Beatles melodies. It's a new roots music that only the Olivarez Trio can provide.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Dave Curley has collaborated with everyone from Grammy award winners Moya Brennan of Clannad to Ross Holmes of Mumford and Sons. Andrew Finn Magill, an Asheville native, is an All-Ireland finalist fiddler and Ropeadope Recording artist.
The Floorboards are an American roots rock ensemble hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The band marries rock & roll and country roots with the sights and sounds of southern mountain towns. Jake and Rob shake the leaves from the trees. Chris coaxes stringed cries from the hills and hollers. Matt writes and sings the stories. Since forming in Roanoke, Virginia in 2012, The Floorboards have toured extensively throughout the East Coast, sharing stages with Dwight Yoakam, Trampled by Turtles, Darryl Scott, Tim O’Brien, Yarn, Los Colognes, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Will Overman, and many more.
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from performance venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures.
Brian Buchanan (Enter the Haggis) and Rose Baldino (Burning Bridget Cleary) are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, as House of Hamill, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs.
Bryan Elijah Smith, who now resides in The Plains VA, was born & raised in the Shenandoah Valley. With over 1,000 songs penned & 10 independent releases, Smith is creating a self-produced legacy that began with his first song at the age of 18. The music cradles all things ‘Americana’ at heart & at hand without shying away from a truly uninhibited pop sensibility.
Mountain Highway® is a young family band that thrills audiences with classic traditional bluegrass songs they sing in crisp, family harmony. With music originally performed by Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and others, Mountain Highway® assures audiences the bluegrass music they love will live on for at least another generation. The four sibling singers play banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, while their father plays upright bass.
Tray Eppes is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has been performing for audiences since he was twelve years old. While playing the guitar and harmonica, Tray uses his bluesy vocal style to interpret many of the popular songs from the last 50 years along with his original compositions.