The Jeremy Kittel Trio

Jeremy Kittel is an award-winning fiddler, violinist, and composer. The Compass Records recording artist is a master in Celtic, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, and is gifted in fusing and revitalizing these diverse styles. Jeremy was a member of the Turtle Island Quartet for five years and has also worked with Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Paquito D’Rivera, My Morning Jacket and Jon Batiste and Stay Human. He has been a guest artist with several symphony orchestras, was twice featured on A Prairie Home Companion, and has performed around the world at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo and the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland.

Named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine, and dubbed “one of the most important young improvisers on the acoustic scene today” by mandolin grandmaster David Grisman, Josh Pinkham has established himself as a striking performer, composer and recording artist.  He continues to push his mandolin into new and old territory, excelling in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jazz and Classical music.

Although Quinn Bachand plays a range of styles that include jazz and bluegrass, it is his talents in the world of Celtic music that draw the most attention. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. He performs with his sister Qristina and has also toured nationally and internationally with Canadian fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.

“THEIR INDIVIDUAL AND ENSEMBLE VIRTUOSITY, ORIGINALITY, AND OVERALL ENERGY ABSOLUTELY KNOCKED OUT FESTIVAL AUDIENCES… MUSIC SPANNED THE TRADITIONAL TO STUNNING ORIGINALS…”
KEVIN HANICK, IOWA ARTSFEST

“…WE WERE TOTALLY MESMERIZED BY THEIR SET. DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTS WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE ON THE ROAD. WE WERE BLOWN AWAY BY THEIR MUSICIANSHIP, BY THE RHYTHMIC DENSITY AND COMPLEXITY OF THEIR ARRANGEMENTS… WE WOULD JUMP AT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH THEM AGAIN.”
DAVE SENFT, DARLINGSIDE, (FAI 2015 ARTIST OF THE YEAR)

“LISTENING AND WATCHING THE TRIO PLAY, IT’S ALMOST AS IF THEY BECOME ASTRAL BEINGS, TAPPING INTO THE UNIVERSE FOR AN EXPERIENCE THAT RESONATES DEEPLY WITH THE AUDIENCE.”
-HIAWATHA MUSIC FESTIVAL

THOSE IN THE KNOW SMILED DISCREETLY AND HELD ONTO THEIR HATS…   A CONSPICUOUSLY ORIGINAL BLEND OF GENRES… AS FLEET FINGERS FLY, AROMAS OF FAR-FLUNG MUSICAL TRADITIONS APPEAR AND VANISH LIKE MUSICAL WILL-O’-THE-WISPS…  [THE] TRIO’S PERFORMANCES REPRESENT VIRTUOSIC IMPROVISATION AT ITS VERY HIGHEST LEVEL… –BERKSHIRE EDGE

The Bearfoot Movement

The Barefoot Movement is an award winning ensemble whose heady blend of Appalachian bluegrass, folk, and country blend with tight three-part vocal harmonies that sizzle with a 21st Century sensibility. Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2014 Momentum Award, and selected by the U.S. Government as cultural ambassadors for their 2014 international Arts Envoy program, The Barefoot Movement has opened for The Milk Carton Kids, and shared the stage with the likes of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Steve Earle, The Duhks, and Del McCoury.

“The Barefoot Movement is a group that embodies all the things that I love about what is referred to as “traditional” music…They are both great players, singers AND arrangers of ORIGINAL songs..they know the importance of having and building an identity of their own. And it’s these original songs and the way that they have arranged and delivered these tunes that really captures your attention and keeps you wanting more”  — Adam Steffey

10 String Symphony

ABOUT: Nashville duo 10 String Symphony began as a partnership of mutual admiration­­ a much needed creative release valve for Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5­string fiddle players and veteran sidemen of Nashville’s music scene. Rachel, a former Illinois state fiddle champion in the old time tradition, needed an outlet for the new sort of songs she was writing, while Christian, originally a classically trained violinist, now a current touring member of the Jerry Douglas Band, was looking to get in touch the impetuous spirit of the rock bands he played in before his arrival in Nashville. With the love of the 5­string fiddle and its musical possibilities as its focal point, the band’s mission statement was as clear as it was expansive:
Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic music.

“…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk.”
American Songwriter Magazine

“When each song ended, the two pressed tight into their microhphones, savoring the last strains of the harmony – and even the bartenders seemed to be leaning forward breathlessly, awaiting someone to clap first. Their self titled recording aptly demonstrates the power of a spare, tightly-connected acoustic performance that is given room to evolve – for bluegrass fans, the lightning fast harmonic runs on dueling fiddle is worth the price of admission alone. But it’s the off-road experiments, especially from Christian’s biting bow strokes that will make future audiences take note.”
The Bluegrass Situation

“…Stirring together Old-Time flavors with the broader range of influences brought by an omnivorous musical appetite”
The Nashville Scene

“Really, really beautiful.”
Ricky Ross, BBC Scotland

“An unassumingly intriguing record…something out of the ordinary”
Steve Hunt, fRoots Magazine (UK)