The 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
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
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 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.