An entertaining evening of roots music from four young musicians who are already masters of Old-Time traditions. Asheville, NC duo "Hoot and Holler" joins forces with Brad Kolodner and Alex Lacquement of Baltimore's "Charm City Junction".
Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van while playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina their home.
Instrument swapping is common during a performance. Sometimes they don two guitars, other times switching to fiddle and banjo, all the while seamlessly blending their vocals as they sing songs infused with the vitality of the landscapes which they have traveled.
They have received scholarships to the Blackpot Camp as well as Augusta Heritage Center to study the stylistic nuance of Cajun and Appalachian music. in 2018 they won third place in the traditional band category at the Appalachian String Band Festival ("Clifftop"), and first place at South Carolina's state fiddler's championship. When performing or teaching workshops, they strive to honor the ancient sounds of those who came before while bringing their own voice to the stage.
Brad Kolodner, awarded the 2016 IBMA Momentum Award for Industry Involvement, represents the next generation of old-time musicians pushing the boundaries of the tradition into uncharted territory. Son of Ken Kolodner, a world-renowned hammered dulcimer player and old-time fiddler, Brad is regarded for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions, Kolodner has rapidly gained national attention for his unique approach to the banjo at 27 years of age. Clawhammer banjo is experiencing a rebirth in American folk music and Kolodner is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher, Strathmore Artist in Resident, radio DJ for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, jam leader, community builder and ambassador for Appalachian folk music.
Alex Lacquement (upright bass) has crafted a unique style that is dazzling, lyrical, and transcends musical genres. Whether on stage playing jazz, old-time, bluegrass, or playing with singer songwriters, his tone is unmistakable and joy for performing is obvious and infectious. In addition to being an energetic, assertive, and groovy ensemble player and imaginative soloist, he is a skilled arranger, composer and producer. Alex holds two degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music (M.M.) and from James Madison University (B.M.). As a music educator he focuses on teaching community-based music through aurally learned songs and tunes, and dance. When he is not on the road performing, he can be found at home cultivating Baltimore’s Bluegrass scene through leading jams and teaching lessons.
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