The up and coming Neo traditional stringband The Wildmans features the award winning talents of siblings Eli and Aila Wildman on mandolin, fiddle and vocals, joined by gifted banjoist Victor Furtado. All three have won some of the most respected top awards in the old time Appalachian music - at 2018 Galax Old Fiddler's Convention Eli and Aila Wildman each won first place in Mandolin and Old time Fiddle, and Aila also won the Best All Around Performer Award. Victor's awards, too numerous to mention, are highlighted by first in Old Time Banjo at Galax and Clifftop in 2015 and 2016. This season the group is very excited to add the talents of Sean Newman (of the Dharma Bombs) on upright bass and vocals.
Highly skilled instrumentals and soulful vocals applied to traditional and original tunes with a smattering of old time, blues, and jazz combine to create a fresh new sound - old tunes fueled by young spirit.
With a base firmly in old-time roots music, The Wildmans push the genre boundaries with acoustic electric instruments and effects to create a bigger sound, with original jam vibes, modern classics and jazz standards, Tedeschi Trucks, Bob Dylan, and Prince covers, alongside our favorite old time and original fiddle tunes.
The band has shared the stage with bands such as Sam Reider & the Human Hands, Jon Stickley, Billy Strings, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Steel Wheels. Festivals include Floyd Fest, Rooster Walk, Red Wing Roots, Grey Fox, and Mountain Song, among others.
The group is based in Floyd, Virginia, a town famous for its’ old time and bluegrass music heritage, with a weekly Friday night jamboree that has been active for over 75 years.