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.
Hill Center American Roots Series
The Wildmans/Cane Mill Road
all ages show $10 advance/$16 door
Billboard-charting artists Cane Mill Road grew up just down the road from Doc Watson in Deep Gap, North Carolina. Honoring the past the band strikes a balance between preserving the bluegrass mountain sound they were raised on and boldly rocking progressive interpretations of that same sound tackling not only complex original music, but classic covers of the Beatles, Dylan, and more.
Audiences love Cane Mill Road’s high-energy performances, easy going rapport both on and off stage, and the eclectic mix of originals and standards in the show. Touring internationally in Argentina and stateside from New York to Alabama to Missouri to Pennsylvania to Kentucky to Tennessee to Virginia and the Carolinas, the band is proud to be sponsored by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings, Shubb Capos, Sorensen Mandolin & Guitar Company, Kogut Violins, and MiniFlex Microphones.
The band’s debut album "Five Speed" hit #9 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album chart and was produced by 2-time GRAMMY winner Cathy Fink, and by Tom Mindte of Patuxent Studios in Maryland. IBMA selected Cane Mill Road from hundreds of applicants as one of 30 bands to showcase during its 2017 conference/festival as the future of bluegrass. The band represented the United States of America in 2015 at a United Nations World Music Festival. You've heard them on NPR/PBS, and all over radio with every cut on "Five Speed" getting airplay.
The up and coming young acoustic band, The Wildmans, come from the one stop light town, Floyd, Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountain music tradition. From campsite jamming at festivals and fiddler's conventions and classical music education comes the foundation for musical exploration that sets this group apart, taking the audience on a musical journey that reflects the growth and passion of these talented young musicians.
The band features the precocious talents of siblings Eli on mandolin and Aila on fiddle and vocals, family friend and award winning old time banjo player Victor Furtado, all backed up by mom Deb Wildman on bass. Highly skilled instrumentals and soulful vocals applied to traditional tunes with a smattering of old time, bluegrass, blues, and jazz combine to create a fresh new sound - old tunes fueled by young spirit.
Their set combines fiddle tunes, ballads and folk songs of the Appalachian tradition with twentieth century classics, as well as original instrumental compositions by band members Eli and Victor.
The group has appeared on stages large and small, performing in festivals such as Red Wing Roots, Chantilly Farm's Bluegrass and BBQ festival, RoosterWalk, Floyd Fest, and are scheduled to play The Steep Canyon Rangers home festival, Mountain Song in September 2018. They also regularly represent young talent along the Crooked Road in regional fiddler’s conventions. Having shared the stage with talents such as Danny Knicely, Sammy Shelor, Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, Darol Anger and Joe K. Walsh, these young musicians are making their way in the American stringband scene.
The Wildmans House Concert
Let's gather for some tunes by The Wildmans 7:30-9:30 pm Light refreshments provided, BYOB Bring an instrument for tunes after the show
The Wildmans on WVTF Roots Down
facebook live https://www.facebook.com/rootsdownwvtf, Roanoke VA
The Wildmans will be taping a show for WVTF Roots Down ration show, and will play some tunes on Facebook live