The members of Hub Hollow
have been playing together, in different configurations, for almost 20 years. Their beautifully blended vocals and intricate melodies reflect a life of creating music together. Hub Hollow was officially born about 8 years ago and since then they have built a loyal fan-base on the strength of their unique versions of traditional bluegrass tunes and warm and inviting original material.
Hub Hollow is:
John Turpin~Guitar & Vocals
Jason Frigerio~ Mandolin & Vocals
Tim Ryan~ Bass & Vocals
Daniella Fischetti~ Fiddle
See a review of their latest album "New Seed" in Folk Talk Magazine
Whether they’re playing for thousands of people at Carnegie Hall or a handful of curious passersby on the subway platform at Grand Central Station, The Ebony Hillbillies
bring history alive with the still vibrant sound of Americana. As one of the last black string bands in the U.S.—and the only one currently based in NYC—the Ebony Hillbillies keep an important legacy alive with a rootsy, homegrown style that many forget was a key element in the genesis of all the music we cherish as uniquely American—jazz, blues,bluegrass, rockabilly, rock and roll and country. Bringing a fresh urgency to the genre for a 21stCentury world in need of some deep musical education, the ensemble led by Henrique Prince (fiddle, vocals) and Norris Bennett (banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar, vocals)-- featuring GloriaThomas Gassaway on vocals and bones, William “Salty Bill” Salter on acoustic bass with A.R. or Newman Taylor Baker on washboard and percussion--creates an untamed and joyful vibe that echoes across the generations and transcends all racial and cultural boundaries.
Sarah Elizabeth Rayner
is a singer-songwriter from the Cultural Corridor of Western Massachusetts’ Berkshires Mountains. Sarah has shared the stage with national acts No Triangle, Failures Union, Wind in Sails and Ryan Cabrera. She's been part of local radio station WBRK's Battle of the Bands in 2013 and 2014 and although she did not win it gained her valuable exposure and acclaim. She won The Three County Fair's Battle of the Bands in August 2014 and has performed at nationally recognized music venues: Gypsy Joynt (Great Barrington MA); The Guthrie Center (Great Barrington MA); Bogie's (Albany NY) as well as appearing at Third Thursday’s (Pittsfield), The Apple Squeeze (Lenox), The Parlor (North Adams) along with other venues and benefit events. Sarah completed her debut release in late 2014, the locally produced “My Hometown” EP with mixing and mastering provided by Paul Kostabi (CULTS, Guards, Dee Dee Ramone, Walter Schreifels’ Dead Heavens).
Nancy Shill & Charlie Pellegrino have a tight sound, with vocal harmonies, fiddle, guitar and mandolin playing honed over years of performing around the Delaware Valley. They met while playing music and are married now and still playing together 10 years later. They make their home in Bucks County PA. Nancy learned her rhythmic fiddle style in West Virginia where she played with such old-timers as Melvin Wine and Wilson Douglass. She called square dances and belonged to a clog dancing troupe. She is also a mixed media artist in the Trisha Vergis Art Gallery in Lambertville. Charlie’s guitar playing and singing have been well-known in the river towns between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His quality baritone singing voice and upbeat guitar style are a treat for all listeners. Charlie has a CD of original music, “Songs for Kids and Families”. He is a sign painter at Pellegrino Signs, Lambertville, NJ. They specialize in early Country, Appalachian, Western, Folk and Historical American music. This includes Colonial, Civil War, Victorian, early 20th Century Old timey “American Roots Music.”
is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for being the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Brooklyn based band Big Mosey. The Deli Magazine ranked Big Mosey on their “Top NYC Artists” and said his singing “…perks ears with a bluesy alternative rock sound…and peculiar deep and gritty vocals.” Jacob has also led multiple other alternative blues rock bands based out of NYC including The Bourbon Shakes, Stiletto Wheels and most recently The Mystic Ryders. Two of his songs ‘Straight Flush’ and ‘Rainbows Wild’ were featured in the web series ‘Intersection.’ He has performed worldwide, often as a solo act. His ability to reflect personal experiences into his lyrics has garnered him recognition amongst folk composers. American Songwriter Magazine featured lyrics from his song “Kite” with its chorus: “All that you’re after, is a dream of disaster, for someone cracking up, you seem fixed enough, talking ‘bout how you feel so numb, then said wait I’m feeling some, come closer put your squeeze on me, reach past my grasp when you say please.” He is currently finishing work on a solo EP entitled 'Broken Pretenses' to be released in the autumn of 2014.
plays guitar and a few other stringed instruments like mandolin, dobro and lap steel. As a composer/songwriter she has toured in Europe consistently for 10 years, played house concerts in the US and received lots of press from well known publications such as Billboard. She has written music for three documentaries for French TV and has placed her music in television shows worldwide through Metro Music, Inc. As a guitarist, Ann has worked with many great artists such as Ani DiFranco; Austin-based singer-songwriter Darden Smith; Joan Osborne; Dana Fuchs; Natalie Imbruglia; and Kate Pierson of the B-52s. Most recently she played guitar and mandolin in the musical version of The Tempest at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park with music and lyrics by Todd Almond featuring Laura Benanti. She has also performed on Broadway in many shows including Grease; Baby, It's You; and Kinky Boots! Sad Song was written by her husband Tim Hatfield (Cowboy Technical Services) and Justin Jordan. Photo by Debi Friedlander
Singer/songwriter Theo Eastwind
was born in Vienna, Austria and if you’ve ever spent time in
the New York City subway system, you may have
already heard his music. The Oasis-approved artist (the band tapped him to
perform as part of last year’s “Dig Out Your Soul in the Street” street promotion) has released his fifth album, King
Of The Underground, on NYC indie label Soujorn Records.
The new disc was recorded entirely on a subway platform. Theo was proclaimed "king of the underground" by American songwriter magazine in 2010.
In 2004, Eastwind clinched Fox News’ “Subway Idol”
competition. Last year, he was a winner in MSG TV’s “NYC Soundtracks.” Theo’s fourth record, “The O”, produced by
Mark Ambrosino at Madhouse Studios, featured the instantly memorable “Set Up”, with which
he won the “Williamsburg Singer Songwriter” contest. Theo's ten rules of busking are an invaluable resource for all musicians
wanting to venture underground.
The Beeline Ramblers
' Fran Mandeville has played Folk and Americana Roots music across the
Originally from Worcester MA, he began his career as a rock musician whose
band opened for Blood, Sweat and Tears over 40 years ago.
He began his passion for acoustic music playing guitar and mandolin with
a bluegrass band out west. Later, Fran shared opening
billing for Asleep At The Wheel and Leroy Parnell. As a solo performer a
personal highlight for him was sharing the stage with Dave Van Ronk.
Fran has released two CDs: “I Have Walked With Angels” and “Precarious”.
He received a nomination for best folk-blues song of 2001 from Just Plain
Folk for his song “Let Me Be”.
He currently performs Folk, Country, Blues and Bluegrass style Americana
music with his wife Lisa as The Beeline Ramblers. They now reside in the
Berkshire Mtns of Western MA. The “Ramblers” can be seen and heard at
festivals, fairs, coffeehouses, colleges, libraries and State Parks.
The Beeline Ramblers will soon release their 2nd CD.
started back in 2004 as a Monday night music club, founded by Bob Appleby,
guitar, vocals and primary songwriter, Michael Haworth, guitar, pedal steel guitar, and vocals, and Alan Watt, mandolin,
lap steel guitar, and vocals. It has grown to become one of the most original sounds coming out of northern California.
While solidly under the umbrella of “Americana”, a combination of unique songwriting and the musical interplay between
the three instrumentalists has created an accessible yet distinct musical style. Most of the songs are written by Bob,
with occasional contributions from Alan and Michael. The rock solid backing from the rhythm section of Shawn Britton,
drums and percussion, along with Jeff Martin, bass, propels the groove of the up-tempo songs, while giving just the
right coloration to the darker ballads.
is from Northampton, MA.
As a troubador in Europe he managed to hook up with interesting musicians such as wash tub basist Daniel William Fitzgerald,
Japanese harmonicist Chicara Suzuki, singer Tina Provencano. Together they traveled throughout Europe as The "Lost
Wandering Blues and Jazz Band" performing the music of Fats Waller, Billy Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Ray Charles.
Specializing in the music of the 1920's they found themselves playing weddings in Saint Tropez and Zermatt, the lavish
parties of Eddie Barclay, from Street corners to five star hotels, including Television appearences in Europe and
America. Singers of note who have performed with the "Lost Wandering" include Madeleine Peyroux and Joan Osborne.
Mark also played guitar on Grammy-award winning artist John Cruz's albums Accoustic Soul and One of These Days.
He is joined by Bass player Dan Goitein on Head in Edgartown. The song was produced by Lilshack Productions.
is from Montreal. Her music is mainly rooted in the twenties and
thirties of the twentieth century, when the music of Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht was in vogue.
She adds contemporary influences, like those of jazz, cabaret, circus oom-pah
and sometimes even classical music. Elements of singing mavericks like Tom Waits and
Jacques Brel can also be heard. Some even say she has a touch of Edith Piaf. The atmosphere Nathalie Matteau
creates is shaped by the band 'Les Hommes Perdus' (The Lost Men), which she has gathered around her.
Nathalie frequently travels to the Netherlands where she enjoys great popularity.
was born in Israel and spent her childhood years going back and forth between Tel Aviv
and Greenwich Village in New York. She spent much of her teens and early 20s painting, but after stumbling into a
vocal jazz class in college she was hooked. She picked up the guitar and began writing songs and has been doing so
ever since. She usually plays in venues such as Rockwood Music Hall and The Living Room in New York and has released
two full length CDs. Her song "Bike" from her second album "Vered" appears on the soundtrack for the film "Satellite"
and is performed by Vered and The Robbery. "Hear My Song" is from her first album "City Still". Vered's album of children's songs "Good Morning My Love" has received the Parents' Choice Gold Award as well as the NAPPA Gold Award.
was born in Staten Island, New York. Jef grew into the psychedelic seventies nurtured by early trips with The Dead, Moody Blues, Frank Zappa. A self-professed Dylan freak, Jef saw the play “American Song, the story of Woody Guthrie” and began to write. His evocative psychedelic folk style weaves comedy and content into original compositions.
Jef’s first album, “Nightwatch” by Sentinel was recorded at the studio Steve Miller built in Southern Oregon, now “the studio at Pacifica Gardens”.
Jef performs regularly with fiddle and dobro legends Willie Warwick and Al Brinkerhoff, as well as “State of Jefferson” trumpet great Mikey Stevens, a lifetime collaborator who has contributed many melodies to Jef’s body of work.
Moonshine Rapture was inspired by a face-off with a possum. Jef has been organic farming in Southern Oregon for three decades, and lives with his wife of twenty-five years, Lori Hava.
was born in Connecticut and started playing in rock bands at the age of 13. In the 1970's he was a touring musician in
Southern Europe with Spanish psychedelic guitar legend Gualberto Garcia Perez. Tod sang and played 12-string guitar with
Gualberto on the 1975 album "A La Vida, Al Dolor." In the 1980's Tod was a founding member of the Old #7 Band, playing an
eclectic mix of cowboy, country & western, Irish traditional, folk, and country/rock music at festivals and concert halls
all over the East Coast.
Going Cross The Mountain is a traditional folk song that came to be identified with Frank Proffitt. This Old #7 Band
arrangement features Tod Purcell on lead vocal and playing acoustic guitar along with Bill Shute, with Tom Conger on
bass and vocals and Lisa Null joining Tod on harmony.
, born in Whittier, California, is an artist, musician, and producer.
Going by the nickname "ENA", he is the son of Estonian war refugees who fled to the United States following the Soviet occupation of Estonia. He is the brother of artist Mark Kostabi.
Kostabi was a founding member of the following bands: Youth Gone Mad (1981) White Zombie (1984) and Psychotica.
In 2002, Kostabi joined friends Dee Dee Ramone and CJ Ramone on "Blitzkrieg Bop" at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, along with Daniel Rey, Christian Martucci, Stefan Adika, and Marky Ramone. This was the last time these Ramones ever shared a stage.
Paul has also performed and recorded with False Alarm, Damn Kids and is the lead guitarist in Dead Heavens on Velvet Elk Records.
Kostabi in 2006 opened a recording studio, Thunderdome studios in Piermont, New York. Where he records and produces such bands as The Willowz, Los Gattos, Barracks, Urban Waste, Cults, Psychotica, Love Pirates,GLINT and Paleface.
Julie Ann (Layne) McClain
was born in Palo Alto, California in 1959, just in time for CSN&Y, Jimi, Joni, and Janis to be
the soundtrack for her primary school years. At the age of 4, she was playing piano by ear, at 6 she wrote her first
song on the way to kindergarten. She learned guitar at 14, joined a garage band at 15 and began studio work as a vocalist
at 18. Julie has since released 3 full play cds of original music including the self-produced Daughter of the Dark Blue
Gates, Pendulum, produced by Johannes Luley and Creekside, produced by longtime collaborator Robert Powell. Julie has
appeared in coffee houses, San Francisco rock clubs, International Forgiveness Day and various benefits over the past
25 years. She is currently working on her fourth album, slated for release in 2011.
was born in Milwaukee, WI, where she studied classical guitar and jazz at the WI Conservatory,
then ultimately relocated to the east coast. From the recording of her first tape in the living room of Violent Femmes'
bassist, Brian Ritchie, Means has since released seven critically acclaimed albums, including a fantastic foray into jazz,
strummed a hole in TWO acoustic guitars, and lived in Boston, New York City and the Berkshire mountains of Western
Massachusetts. Averaging 150+ shows a year, accumulating awards and accolades along the way, including Milwaukee's Best
Acoustic Act (twice!), WI Folk Artist of the Year, WI Female Vocalist of the Year, Top Ten Album of the Year (Pamela Means
Jazz Project, Vol. 1), Most Wanted New Artist (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival), and a Boston Music Award nomination, Means
is ever the consummate songwriter and performer.Pamela has shared the stage with artists including Ani DiFranco, Joan Baez,
Neil Young, Shawn
Colvin, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Melissa Ferrick, Violent Femmes, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian and Holly Near.
was born in France and immigrated to the United States in 1981.
Alain started writing songs and playing guitar at the age of 13 after hearing the Bob Dylan record “The Times They are a Changin”. He writes and sings in French and English and could be categorized as a French folk and American folk/rock singer songwriter. He has played in many New York venues such as Life Café, Bar B, Lakeside Lounge and at many Bastille Day celebrations including a legendary one in 1995 where he sang 3 songs 23 times in 23 different restaurants/clubs in one day and without amplification, accompanied only by his dear friend, Walter Kuehr, the New York master of the accordion.
He lives in New York City. Histoire d'Amour was written and sung by Alain and features Erik Della Penna (guitarist to Joan Baez and Nathalie Merchant) on guitar.
, founder of Newfolkcity.com (formerly 109 Records) and editor of Folk Talk Magazine.