Wintergrass 2016 Performers-Evie Ladin Band w/ Keith Terry & Erik Pearson

Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, the ELB throws down soulful folk songs with an unusual live show. Their 2012 eponymous release Evie Ladin Band won Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Vote.

You don’t often hear words like “traditional,” and “authentic” paired with “innovative” and “unique,” but Evie Ladin & Keith Terry have brought them together brilliantly in the self-titled, debut album of the Evie Ladin Band, and the result is truly a high point in new old-time music. – FOLKWORKS

The polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco’s Stairwell Sisters, Evie grew up in an East Coast traditional music scene,elb-134 but has always lived in urban centers – which all informs her songwriting, praised for making people laugh and cry.

Ladin’s voice is sultry, wistful and defiant all at once. She possesses a keen songwriting sense and a stable of strong musicians to back her up. –POP MATTERS

Keith Terry (bass, Body Music, vocals) is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. A pioneer in contemporary Body Music, Keith produces large-scale intercultural collaborations and educational outreach. Keith brings a cinematic ear to playing bass as tonal percussion, with bells, box, body and toys.

Erik Pearson (guitar, banjo, vocals) is a musician’s musician with the Crooked Jades, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, and his solo projects. His original banjo tune Fork & File was the soundtrack for a rapids rafting scene in Sean Penn’s movie Into the Wild.

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Wintergrass 2016 Performers-Scythian

Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays immigrant rock with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance rock concert experience. Celebrating 10 years of getting people dancing all night, Scythian released their new album, Jump at the Sun, this summer, with new songs debuting at album release shows across the country. Ed Helms’s The Bluegrass Situation has chimed in with praise, calling “Paint This Town” a ‘shine-fueled, fiddle-flying hoedown’ and “Built These Walls” a ‘blue-collar ballad we can all get behind.’ Nashville’s Music City Roots says Scythian is ‘what happens when rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling.’ Scythian’s “Immigrant Road Show” consists of Alexander Fedoryka, Josef Crosby, Danylo Fedoryka, Ben-David Warner, and Tim Hepburn and Larissa Fedoryka. This is a band that ecstatically expresses the merging of cultures, traditions and time.Scythian will be performing on the Friday and Saturday of the festival. BandGavenus1_300dpi