Allison de Groot combines love for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality. Although firmly rooted in old-time and music, she loves to collaborate and create outside this genre, pushing the boundaries of the clawhammer banjo.
Allison has toured all over the world with various groups, performing at venues such as Newport Folk Festival, Rockygrass, Hardly Strictly, Winnipeg Folk Festival and Tønder Festival. The music scene in her hometown of Winnipeg, Canada, immersion in Appalachian old-time communities, a performance degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and touring extensively throughout North America and Europe have all had a great impact on her playing. She is currently performing with Bruce Molsky’s new project Molsky’s Mountain Drifters and The Goodbye Girls and Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, who will be joining Allison for a set on Saturday and to lead our big top square dance on Saturday night.
Tatiana Hargreaves has steeped herself in the archives of Appalachian music, playing fiddle, banjo, and singing, drawing from her time spent with oldtime musicians such as Bruce Molsky, Paul Brown, John Hermann and Franklin George, as well as intensive studies of source recordings. A first prize winner at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival Fiddle Contest.
“Allison has it all…..great clawhammer technique, exquisite tone, timing, taste. She has deep roots in the old time tradition and yet she’s fearless when it comes to breaking new ground. It’s a thrill whenever I get a chance to play with her. As Twyla Tharp once said, “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box”
– Tony Trishka
“Tatiana Hargreaves … one of the best old-time fiddle players I know.”
– Darol Anger