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Fins & Fiddles
August 3 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm$10.00
Join Friends of the Teton River and the Targhee Music Foundation for a family-friendly evening featuring pay-per-plate Knotty Pine BBQ, raffle, kids activities, the dancing cutthroat, and more! Presenting Eli West, Eric Thorin, Mike Witcher, Tomas Sneed, The Balsomroots, and Masontown.
4 – 4:30pm | Folk Songs for Children with Thomas Sneed
4:45 – 5:30pm | The Balsamroots
5:45 – 6:45pm | Masontown
7 – 8pm | Eric Thorin, Eli West, Mike Witcher and Friends
Folk Songs for Children with Thomas Sneed
Thomas Sneed is a mandolin player and musicologist with an interest in American Roots Music. He is based in Alta, Wyoming where he is the Director of the Targhee Music Camp (since 2011).
For over 30 years, he has participated in music festivals and gatherings around the world. In 1997, he was a founding member of the old-time stringband, Reeltime Travelers.
He inspires a younger generation with his enthusiasm for sharing old-time music, which never goes out of style!
This local collaboration features Mary Neil (vocals, guitar), Molly Grove (vocals, mandolin), Sage Hibberd (vocals, banjo), Mollie Houkom (bass), Rose Hendricks (vocals, fiddle), and Becky Hendricks (vocals, fiddle).
The Balsamroots began playing together in 2018. The six women who make up the Balsamroots bring together interests in a variety of genres, from folk and Americana to old time, Bluegrass, and Irish fiddle tunes. When not playing music together, the members of the Balsamroots can be found playing in the mountains, running businesses, conducting field research, teaching school, and volunteering in the community.
A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. A versatile and innovative 5-string and clawhammer banjoist. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown. Masontown’s sound is a exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception.
Eric Thorin, Eli West & Mike Witcher
Eli West is a Seattle-based multi-instrumental musician and interactive graphic designer. With an interest in angular phrasing and non-traditional improvisation within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old-time music, his playing both grounds and pushes the ensembles he is involved with.Eli is an active ingredient playing guitar, banjo, and bouzouki with both Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project and John Reischman and the Pine Siskens.
Eric Thorin is a highly regarded musician/bassist living on the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He can be found on stage in 2019 in The Matt Flinner Trio with Ross Martin, Danny Barnes’ Space Program and various touring luminaries such as Jim Hurst, Darol Anger, Bonnie Paine, Tony Furtado, Keith Little and more.
Guitar player Mike Witcher is a much-in-demand session player in LA and Nashville, Michael has worked with such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Peter Rowan, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), and Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), and Fernando Ortega among others. He has played the Grand Ole Opry and Prairie Home Companion many times and you can hear him on hundreds of records, sound tracks, commercials and TV shows.