The Mountain & The Moon was formed during the spring of 2015, when bassist Noah Laniakea and banjoist Casey Holmberg met at UCLA. Both musicians shared a love for bluegrass and old-time music, and as they rehearsed and performed together they began to explore a larger musical space around that idiom.
"What has emerged is a form of classically informed roots music – a blend of the string arrangements on Nico’s 'Chelsea Girl' and the banjo playing of Béla Fleck, perhaps...we are thrilled to have their singular brand of bluegrass represented in our contest." - Freshgrass, 2016
The banjo/bass duo released their debut self-titled EP in January of 2016, a compilation of original music which synthesizes folk, bluegrass, and classical music in a bold and innovative way. Following up on their precocious start, they were invited to the Freshgrass Festival in North Adams, MA as finalists in the international duo competition during the 2016 season. Even more recently, the pair released another album, Live at the Stork Club, which features all the tracks from the EP as well as new originals and arrangements. They are currently engaged with planning their first full length album as well as preparing for the exciting summer festival season, which includes shows at Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival and the Sutter Creek Jug Band Festival.
"The new blend of musical composition and musicianship between them marked the sensation of that first impression...they push against the form from both bluegrass and classical forms; they are teaching the form itself new moves.” - Bruce Milton Cooper, Los Angeles, May 2016
Few young Canadian fiddlers today can show off the breadth and range of North American fiddling like Adrianna Ciccone. With a “distinctive stamp and swing that is both rooted and infectious,” she crosses back and forth across the continent with ease. Adrianna showcases Cape Breton reels, crooked French-Canadian brandys, the rollicking rhythms of Ottawa Valley step-dancing tunes, way down to Southern Appalachian string band tunes; even incorporating Irish and Métis influences. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, her debut album, The Back of Winter, produced by Bruce Molsky, won Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Colin Cotter picked up the fiddle at the age of 4, beginning a life-long journey building upon several generations of his family’s intimate relationship with traditional Finnish music. Over time, musical influences from Scotland to Quebec to New York City to West Africa crept in, rendering him a genre-defying folky, unencumbered by traditional convention yet warmly familiar with it. A self-taught guitarist, he has created his own accompaniment style that, in tandem with his hard-hitting, poignant songwriting, bridges the gaps between American and Celtic folk music and rock.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!