Starting as a single banjo player and blossoming into a full on five piece bluecrass band, ..... Beginning in Brighton 2003 with Matt playing banjo and singing songs at open mike nights, only to be named "Chicken Shed Zeppelin" by his mad friend after an audience member noted a similarity to Led Zeppelin in the noodling banjo between songs. After a time hooking up with old time fiddler Ade and playing duos, soon turning to a trio with the addition of a virtuoso Dave on git-tar the sound was almost complete.
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Ana Egge, born in 1977 in Estevan, Saskatchewan and raised in Ambrose, North Dakota, is an American folk singer/songwriter. In 1994 (at age 17), she moved from New Mexico to Austin, Texas and recorded a demo tape. Since then, she has released three full-length albums. She has toured with Shawn Colvin, and performed in the Lilith Fair in 1999. Her most recent album, Out Past the Lights, contains The Flood, a song she co-wrote with Colvin.
Cordelia's Dad is a band from Northampton, Massachusetts that combines folk and punk rock influences and was instrumental in the creation of the genre later to be dubbed "No Depression". The band formed in 1987 and was active until 1998, when the members relocated to different parts of the country. After releasing an album of older material in 2002 the band has reunited in 2007 for their twentieth anniversary.
"They will cradle you in their arms and spin webs of thought that lift the swaddled listener out of the fray to be soothed awhile in the thoughts of another. They will remind you that the walls in your head don't belong to you, and excite your spirit in awkward moments of unabashed honesty, that warn you that you must walk into the woods to come out the other side. However, winter's almost gone, and there is room for things to germinate.
Dana had a very good education which somewhat passed her by as nothing is as much fun as playing a guitar. Via an unconventional route of occasional employment and the odd band, she somehow found herself busking on the London Underground and this sorry excuse for a day job honed her performance skills down to a fine point. Early childhood trauma left Dana with a propensity to play the banjo, and the massive amounts of spare time that a career in busking affords allowed her to indulge and nurture her dirty habit.
Groanbox, the North American trio of Michael Ward-Bergeman, Cory Seznec and Paul Clifford, are a musical hybrid of ideas and ideals. They are at first glance a roots band, soaked in the traditions of American music, with all the guts of rock and roll and all the soul of the wandering troubadour. But somewhere along the way, that troubadour turned off the road and, from the melting pot of New Orleans, began a new journey that would take the Groanbox sound to new and unexplored places...
Abigail Washburn never set out to be a songwriter or a recording artist. Five years ago when she found herself on stage in a smoke-filled Beijing club playing her banjo and singing old-time Appalachian mountain music in Chinese to a packed house, she was as surprised as anyone. “A daring, definite talent, whose feel for the folk idiom results in moving material. Soulful is the word,” hailed the Wall Street Journal in 2005, during that same tour of China. “On stage, her voice resonated with the power of a seasoned performer and her poetic hill tunes sounded all the more evocative in Chinese.