Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves // Andy Cahan & Joseph Decosimo

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 8:00pm

DOUBLE DUOS: and excellent evening of traditional fiddle music performed by 2 extremely talented duos. very excited. please help spread the word!  


$10 adv (etix or cash @ all day records) / $12 day of / doors @ 7:30 / music @ 8:00 / seated show / all ages


WARNING: the follow descriptions are long but well worth reading.

ALLISON de GROOT & TATIANA HARGREAVES - "Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves brings together two women on the forefront of American traditional acoustic music. In this new duo, clawhammer banjo innovator Allison de Groot (Molsky’s Mountain Drifters) and fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves (Laurie Lewis) join forces to explore the boundaries of Appalachian stringband music. Having both studied with musicians such as Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger in addition to more traditional masters, Allison and Tatiana share a musical vocabulary that reflects on tradition while also utilizing new techniques and sounds.

Allison has toured all over the world with various groups, performing at venues such as Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival and other major festivals across the US and Canada. She combines love and passion for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo. Allison has immersed herself in American roots music through festivals such as the Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia, making pilgrimages to musical communities in North Carolina and participating in the acoustic music scene in Boston, MA.  

Since releasing her first solo album “Started Out To Ramble” in 2009, Tatiana has toured and performed with musicians such as Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, and Michael Daves. From being the second woman to place first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest, to her bluegrass fiddling on Laurie Lewis’ GRAMMY-nominated album The Hazel And Alice Sessions, Hargreaves shows a musical fluency that flows between old time and bluegrass worlds with ease. Tatiana dedicates herself to learning about the history and culture of music and respecting traditional old time and bluegrass while simultaneously seeking her own voice and exploring new ways of approaching these styles. This comes across in her educating and performing, engaging the audience with the very questions she contemplates about tradition, innovation, and positionality."


ANDY CAHAN & JOSEPH DECOSIMO - "Andy Cahan was born in New York in 1958. After having played several instruments since early childhood, he took up the banjo at age 14, subsequently becoming interested in old-time southern mountain music. In the 1970s the old-time music scene in New York City was flourishing and Andy became a participant, playing at square dances at the South Street Seaport, workshops at the Folklore Center, and on the street corners of Manhattan. In 1976 he was one of the featured players on the album Melodic Clawhammer Banjo on Kicking Mule Records. In 1978 he played banjo on the album Ship In the Clouds on Folkways.

During a 1979 trip to Mt. Airy N.C., Andy was invited to join and play banjo with Earnest East's The Pine Ridge Boys and Patsy, a long established traditional string band. After graduating from Oberlin College Andy moved to the South to assume that role and to immerse himself in old-time music. He supported himself doing maintenance work, carpentry, and woodworking while living in the foothills and mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. For most of the 1980s, Andy focused on spending time with the oldest remaining traditional musicians, in particular in the Grayson-Carroll County, Va. area. He lived in Galax, Va. for over 5 years, recording hundreds of hours of music and conversations with musicians in southwest Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia, as well as at fiddler's conventions and other local events.

Andy played and travelled extensively with Tommy Jarrell, Clyde Davenport, The Pine Ridge Boys and Patsy, Carlie Marion, and others. He accompanied numerous traditional musicians including Walter Raleigh Babson, Parley Parsons, Earnest East and Pine Ridge Boys and Patsy, Tommy Jarrell, Carlie Marion, Albert Hash, Luther Davis, and Roscoe Parish on issued recordings. Additionally, the Field Recorders Collective has issued several CD projects involving recordings from Andy's collection.

In 1986 he co-produced, with Alice Gerrard, the record and book project The Old Time Way (Heritage Records), a documentation of the lives and music of Luther Davis, Roscoe Parish, and Leone Parish of Galax."

"Raised in southeast Tennessee, Joseph Decosimo is a traditional musician and folklorist with a deep respect and love for the older music of his home state and the broader South. His old time fiddling and banjo playing has introduced listeners to the richness and vibrancy of the region's musical traditions. Based out of Durham, NC, he currently performs and teaches old time music anywhere that people are willing to listen. When not playing music, he is writing a dissertation of aesthetics, musical learning, and sound technologies in old time music. 

In seventh grade, he purchased a banjo from a neighbor and quickly found his way to the backrooms of the local Friday night opry where he encountered older musicians from the region. At sixteen, he began making regular visits to learn from old time fiddler Charlie Acuff. He has dedicated himself to spending time with the master fiddlers living in the region, including National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Clyde Davenport and Charlie McCarroll. By grounding himself in a regional repertoire and style, he crafts music for the present with a deep understanding of place and a reverence for the past. 

Joseph's attention to the tradition has not gone unnoticed. In 2007, he won the National Old Time Banjo Championship. His fiddling has earned him blue ribbons at prestigious contests from the Appalachian Stringband Festival (Clifftop) to the Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention. His band, The Bucking Mules, comprised of guitarist, singer, and fiddler Karen Celia Heil, banjo player and fellow Tennesseean Luke Richardson, and bassist Joe DeJarnette has won first place in the stringband contest at Clifftop in 2012 and 2014. They continue to perform at festivals and workshops at home and abroad, delivering driving, regionally-inflected music."