Join us at the Floyd Country Store at noon Saturday, July 26 for a very special Americana Afternoon. Hanna Traynham from Floyd (daughter of Mac & Jenny Traynham) brings her band The Barn Owls from Seattle at 12pm, and Dirty Beggars from Scotland, who are also playing FloydFest, plays at 1:30pm.
12:00 The Barn Owls, old-timey trio from Seattle
The Barn Owls are an old-timey, country trio from Seattle. The gals play ripping square dance tunes and swap singing sweet leads and three-part harmonies on traditional and original songs.
One late summer evening, Brittany Newell, Hanna Traynham and Kate Lichtenstein spent hours trading tunes around the woodstove. By the end of the night, they were a band. The Barn Owls bring an intuitive and inventive and bent to the old-time music and early country tradition, mixing high energy dance tunes with tight three-part harmonies on traditional and original songs.
Brittany grew up playing classical violin and piano, and early on learned to appreciate the intricacy of old melodies. Stylistically influenced by ballads and heartfelt songs steeped in the last century, she loves to weave straight traditional tunes into heartbreaking journeys. Mathematics and orchestra teacher by day, Brittany gets inspiration from her students, friends and the Seattle community of old time music lovers.
Hanna calls the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia her home. Having grown up listening to the sweet harmonies of her parents’ old time duet singing, she developed an affinity for the coarse rhythms and unrefined quality of the music specific to the Southwestern Virginia region. Hanna’s distinct Appalachian clawhammer banjo style will transport you to a Mt Airy Fiddler’s Convention campsite – 2am, stars a-shining. While Hanna’s roots remain deep, she loves living and playing old time music in the beautiful Northwest.
Kate was raised in musical family, learning piano at a young age and spending Saturday nights around the turntable instead of the TV. She is an intuitive musician who loves to learn through listening, having learned to sing hearing her mother harmonize to the radio. Kate’s guitar playing mostly follows in the old time tradition of solid rhythm and bass but isn’t afraid to take some improvisational turns. She loves writing lopey country songs and in addition to guitar began playing fiddle by accident while getting lost in an especially good jam session.
1:30 The Dirty Beggars, from Scotland, bringing a part of
FloydFest to The Floyd Country Store
The Dirty Beggars are an outfit from Central Scotland, with the music of the Appalachians running in their blood. Five boys born in the wrong country, their brand of down and dirty bluegrass has been electrifying crowds all over the UK. Comprising of guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and double bass, The Dirty Beggars are one-of-a-kind in the UK, blasting out the tunes made popular in the 21st Century by the bluegrass revival following the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack album, and the unique styles pioneered by Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch and the Dave Rawlings Machine, as well as their own growing repertoire of their own compositions and songs.
In the past year, The Dirty Beggars have gone from strength to strength, having landed two high profile slots at Celtic Connections, which have in turn landed them a series of four dates in London and support slots for well known acts including Orange Unsigned winner Tommy Reilly, The Staves, Three Blind Wolves, and the successful honky-tonk outfit The Wilders. They took the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm in 2010, played at the Underbelly in 2011, and undertook a successful tour of the US which landed them coverage from MTV. The band have just released their debut album, Bite the Bullet, which features 10 original tracks and has recieved airplay on BBC Scotland.