Their songs are fresh and new while still paying homage to their roots – sometimes with a little tongue in cheek humor as in “Rebel on the Run”, which hints towards the Gaelic music that helped serve the music of the Appalachians. Opening with a tin whistle and fiddle, the song paints a picture of a man making and delivering moonshine, and, having left his home, circumstance of incident require the persona to return home “hiding from the sun, deliverin shine”. Other songs, like Miller’s Creek deliver a sweet and painful anguish of a woman torn between the man she longs to be with and the town she longs to leave behind. Their other songs show an honest vulnerability of emotion and a sincere invitation to look into their collective hearts … and yours, too.
The Belle Hollows are building off their popularity with their former project as The Barrel Jumpers and are increasing their ever growing fan base “one fan at a time, one room at a time!” Rachel reported, “Our fans are the best. They are so supportive, and they mean the world to us”.
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Josephine County combines the talents of four powerful traditional musicians into one exceptional musical experience ranging from Appalachia to French Canada, to Ireland and back. Award-winning fiddler and singer Erica Brown Shipman dedicated herself to traditional music at a very young age. Classical, French Canadian, Bluegrass, Country, and much more can be found in her wide-range of musical expertise. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Shipman’s love of traditional music is apparent in his mastery of Bluegrass, Country, and Irish styles of playing. His detailed and thoughtful guitar, mandolin, and banjo playing captivate and delight audiences nationwide. Traditional Irish flute player and singer Hanz Araki is known worldwide for his fresh and innovative approach. His musical sensibility is both inspired and disciplined and has made him a household name from the UK to Japan. Among the finest interpreters of traditional songs of her generation, singer Colleen Raney brings warmth and authenticity to music from Ireland, Appalachia, Scotland, and beyond.