Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves’s self-titled debut album is a powerful opening statement. To be released March 22, the record not only showcases the duo’s impressive musicianship, but is a reflection on which voices we seek to hear as we explore the expansive, diverse canon of American roots music. The album’s 13 tracks feature lesser-known American fiddle and banjo songs from African American duo Nathan Frazier & Frank Patterson, centenarian Arkansas fiddler Violet Hensley, bluegrass pioneer Alice Gerrard, contemporary master tunesmith Judy Hyman (The Horse Flies), and more. Already leaders in the young generation of roots musicians, de Groot has become known for her intricate clawhammer banjo work with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, while Hargreaves has brought her powerhouse fiddling to the stage with Gillian Welch and Laurie Lewis. Together they create a sound that is adventurous, masterful, and original, as they expand on the eccentricities of these old songs, while never losing sight of what makes them endure. For more information, visit Free Dirt Records.
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.