Della Mae features vocalist and guitarist Celia Woodsmith, fiddle player, Kimber Ludiker, mandolinist Jenni Lynn Gardner, bassist Amanda Kowalski, and lead guitar player Courtney Hartman. Formed during the Fall 2009 in Boston, Della Mae was born from a yearning for a traditional bluegrass sound in the heart of New England. Della Mae strives to create music that tells a story while delivering an energetic punch. www.dellamae.com.
The Bee Eaters
"Boston's fast-evolving progressive acoustic music has produced another strange and wonderous new species, the Bee Eaters. The quartet combines chamber music's finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass's playful virtuosity and pop music's melodic resourcefulness." - The Boston Globe
“The Bee Eaters are the instrumental cream of the brand new string nation. Harking back to the ‘grand old days’ when new virtuosos seemed to spring on the scene fully formed with a whole repertoire of brilliant music nobody had ever heard before, somehow these kids have absorbed everything we had to offer and alchemized it into a new musical world.” Darol Anger
The Hartmans, from Loveland, Co, have been entertaining audiences throughout the US for over five years. The unique, appealing blend of vocal harmonies and tasteful instrumental arrangements created by these five siblings has given them the reputation as one of the most up-and-coming young bluegrass bands in the nation. Their keen sense of tradition blended with a thriving enthusiasm for fresh, innovative sounds, sets apart their brand new album, Borrowed Time. Their music features not only their own arrangements of timeless melodies but also well-crafted original songs. In their live performances The Hartmans aim to create inspiring moments that will be remembered by their audiences. In the words of Pete Wernick, “Dr. Banjo”, “A band this young with this much talent is sure to warm the heart of any bluegrass fan.”
Atlantic Seaway Collaboration
Atlantic Seaway is a collaboration of young traditional American and Scottish musicans. Directors Larry Bethune and Mark Sheridan brought together students from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance in Glasgow and Strathclyde University in Glasgow. The group debuted at the New Hampshire Highland Games in September '10 and were immediately booked to perform at Celtic Connections in Glasgow the following January. This August they will be traveling to Lorient, France to perform at the renown Interceltic Festival.