album coming soon:
Allison de groot & tatiana hargreaves
Thanks to an Iguana Music Fund Grant from Club Passim, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves will be recording a full length album in April. Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves brings together two women on the forefront of American traditional acoustic music. In this new duo, clawhammer banjo innovator Allison de Groot (Molsky’s Mountain Drifters) and fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves (Laurie Lewis) join forces to explore the boundaries of Appalachian stringband music. Having both studied with musicians such as Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger in addition to more traditional masters, Allison and Tatiana share a musical vocabulary that reflects on tradition while also utilizing new techniques and sounds.
Allison has toured all over the world with various groups, performing at venues such as Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival and other major festivals across the US and Canada. She combines love and passion for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo. Allison has immersed herself in American roots music through festivals such as the Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia, making pilgrimages to musical communities in North Carolina and participating in the acoustic music scene in Boston, MA. Find out more about Allison at www.allisondegroot.com
Blount & Hargreaves
Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjo player and scholar based in Ithaca, New York. He centers and venerates his racial and ethnic heritage through his approach to music and its history. Together, Blount & Hargreaves join forces to shine a light upon the string-band music of Black and Native American communities. They present tunes and songs from musicians of color as stripped-down duets on banjo, fiddle, and voice, drawing the audience into the largely forgotten landscape of this diverse and powerful musical tradition. As a duo, they have performed at venues such as National Museum of American History, Appalachian State University, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. You can find out more about Jake and this project at www.jakeblount.com
Ethan Jodziewicz & Tatiana Hargreaves brings together the unique voices of innovative genre-bending double bassist Ethan Jodziewicz and award-winning Appalachian fiddler and singer Tatiana Hargreaves in a passionate and virtuosic acoustic duo. Drawing on diverse musical backgrounds (chamber music to old-time, jazz to progressive-acoustic) they create a lush sound born out of reverence for tradition and a desire to push the boundaries of string playing. Not content to adhere to the traditional roles of their instruments, Ethan and Tatiana share equal responsibility as soloist and accompanist, intricately intertwining melodies and harmonies. Throughout the course of a performance, they engage in thru- composed string arrangements, expand into burning improvisations, and play dual-fiddles (it’s true, the bass can be a fiddle too!), and sing in two-part harmony on classic tunes and songs.
You can find their duo EP on bandcamp.