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Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions hosted by Holly Hill Ramblers
- Tuesday, February 26, 2019
- The Main Stage
- Tickets on Sale Now
- Limited Tables Available with a Dinner Reservation :: All Other Seating is First Come First Serve General Admission :: Please Call Venue for Dinner (Table) Reservations
The Holly Hill Ramblers is a group of Asheville, NC-based musicians who love traditional, hard-driving bluegrass. Mandolin player Barron Rogers, a Waynesville, NC native, provides much of the group’s lead singing. Bass player Celia Millington-Wyckoff retired to Asheville from central Pennsylvania in order to find more opportunities to play bluegrass. Nick Dauphinais, the band’s tenor singer and guitar player, is originally from New Hampshire, while banjo player and baritone singer Derek Vaden arrived in Asheville from Kansas. Both Nick and Derek are members of the Larry Stephenson Band, and perform with the Ramblers when they are off the road.
Every Tuesday evening Isis presents our Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions. The sessions are hosted each week by a local bluegrass musician with friends or a band. Following the host band, Bluegrass musicians from the Asheville area gather on stage to jam in an open session. Occasionally, we feature a touring band that will perform prior to the open session and help co-host the jam. It’s always a great evening of music and community.
Michael and Jennifer McLain Band · 7:30PM
Based in Nashville for over 20 years, husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain both grew up in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Their music is a fresh blend of "Jennifer's sweet and pure, even angelic voice” and Michael’s “incredibly skillful” musicianship.
Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, CMA's Fan Fair, West Point’s Eisenhower Hall, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, TNN, CMT, NPR, and the PBS show, Song of the Mountains, which airs on over 180 Public Television outlets across the United States.
The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers · 7:30PM
The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing styles to create their tight, high-energy string band music. Well-crafted original songs with emotional depth, masterful picking, and resonant vocal harmonies combine to forge new territories and a fresh take on Appalachian Americana music. Band members Gary Antol, Libby Eddy, Joe Dep and Ed Croft hail from the mountains and river towns of southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.
“The Carter Family for the millennial generation...The band coined the term ‘guerrilla roots’ to describe its sound, which draws on early-20th-century Americana/bluegrass music, ‘repurposed for a modern audience.’” (The Boston Globe)
Damn Tall Buildings was born in January of 2013, busking on Newbury Street in Boston, MA. Through street performing, this dynamic quartet formed the foundation for the fully-immersive and truly electrifying performance for which they are known today. Priding themselves on their robust tour schedule, DTB has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the continental U.S. – most recently including GreyFox Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass On The Bogs, Vinegrass, Otis Mountain Get Down and Freshgrass Festival(where they were awarded 2nd place in the 2016 band competition). During the span of these tours, they've shared the stage with artists such as The California Honeydrops, The Dustbowl Revival, Sierra Hull, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Gangstagrass, and many more.