Folk duo Hoot and Holler (guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey) are influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes van Zandt, as well as authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. They spend most of their time on the road, touring the continental US, but their enduring love of Appalachian String Band and Bluegrass music frequently brings them back to Asheville, North Carolina. This October and November marks Hoot and Holler's first overseas tour, along the eastern coast of Australia.
These two have taken prizes in guitar, banjo, fiddle, and band contests in Galax, VA; Mt. Airy, NC; Surrey Country, NC; Flagpond, TN; Pickens, SC; and Clifftop (the WV Appalachian String Band Festival). Their full-length album "Reasons To Run", released in February 2017, plays like a sonic cross-country road trip. The album starts off with a cajun groove harkening the Louisiana swamps, while "Too Many Reasons To Run" was inspired by the sparse beauty of the Southwestern desert. With other geographical references to Virginia, New Orleans, Kentucky, and California, Hoot and Holler invite you to experience their soundscapes, described as a "fresh and distinctive blend that can only be earned the hard way - through thousands of miles and hundreds of nights on the road." -Patrick Coman, WUMB's Local Folk
"I had only ever heard Amy and Mark play fiddle tunes, so I knew they had great instrumental and vocal skills. I'm the kind of guy that tends to listen only to traditional music, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I got a copy of their new CD. Surprise! I was delighted to discover that I really liked their original songs, too. Everything -- the instrumentals, vocals, songwriting, arrangements, and quality of recording -- is just wonderful. Congrats to Amy and Mark on a great new release."
-Brad Leftwich (Tom, Brad and Alice, Hogwire Stringband, The Humdingers)
Tickets - $15
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