Music

THE HICKHOPPERS

Hickhoppers1The HickHoppers are a Georgia string band specializing in Deep South rags and breakdowns. “Papa Cap” Mick Kinney and his sons also delve into blues and novelty songs with a variety of instruments. In addition to their performances, the Kinney’s collect traditional music and have taught at The Blue Ridge Old-Time Music week, The Alabama Folk school and The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

MICK & EVAN KINNEY

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Mick Kinney is a folklorist, composer, lyricist, and multi instrumentalist. Expect an eclectic blend of ragtime, Georgia fiddle tunes, swing, Cajun, Irish, novelty songs, and some traditional style originals. He has recorded several albums of his own material; has accompanied Vick Chestnut, Victoria Williams, John Hartford; and collaborates regularly with his partner, Elise Witt. They performed this spring at the Brooklyn Folk Festival and will be featured artists this summer at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Washington state. Their latest CDs are In Dear Old Georgia (2015), with Grammy winner Art Rosenbaum on banjo, and What Would Geezers Do? (2016).

EVAN KINNEY & HIS DIXIELAND SQUIRREL SKINNERS

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The Squirrel Skinners celebrate the music of the deep south with reverence and gusto. Channeling the stylings of pre-war recording artists such as The Skillet Lickers and Uncle Dave Macon, they delight audiences with a blend of old time, ragtime and Hokum blues. Evan Kinney brings the greasy and syncopated fiddling of his home state Georgia while Camden Pugh adds his multiple banjo styles of Tennessee. Guitarist Ali Kafka rounds out the sound with a New Orleans flair that is all her own.

AH, SURELY!

Ah Surely 2017Ah Surely is the title of a great old Irish dance tune, and champion Irish Step dancer Claire Shirey, Evan Kinney and John Maschinot will make you want to kick up your heels with a program of pure, authentic Irish singing, music and dance! Combining masterfully played fiddle, uilleann pipes, concertina, flute, bodhran and guitar with traditional Irish ballads and step dance, the trio is sure to tickle the fancy of young and old alike! As The Celtic Company’s newest offering, Ah Surely has already played some great festivals and venues, including one of the country’s prime concert spaces, Spivey Hall.

THE STONE MOUNTAIN WOBBLERS

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The Stone Mountain Wobblers, a traditional old time string band, play Appalachian roots music with the synergy and charm that only a family band can bring to the stage. With syncopated fiddle, clawhammer banjo and rhythmically driven guitar; brothers Evan, Mickey and Moses energetically and authentically recreate this vintage country music of the deep south and most notably, that of their native home in Georgia. Among the best of the new generation of roots musicians, they have ranked in the top three at the Gordon County Fiddler’s Convention string band competition two years in a row and were recently featured on the acclaimed radio show “Backroads and Banjos”.

THE AMAZING SPUD BROTHERS

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From the hills of Old Ireland to the hollows of Appalachia, The Amazing Spud Brothers draw from the best of both traditions, with a nod to the humor of the venerable old Vaudeville stage. Uilleann piper/wooden flutist John Maschinot and guitarist/singer/banjo-player/fiddler Evan Kinney hold forth with foot tapping, hand clapping tunes and songs from the old world and the new! And Jesse “Dyn-o-mite” Edgerton rocks the stage with his “flat-foot” style dancing…. akin to clogging but so much more!
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