“The Wildmans are a perfect fit for the Red Wing Roots Music Festival. A (mostly) family band with supreme musicality, clearly honoring traditional roots music but unafraid to push beyond boundaries. Serious and adventurous. I love it.”
— Jeremiah Jenkins
“ The dazzling Floyd-based quartet The Wildmans features wunderkind brother-and-sister duo Eli and Aila Wildman on mandolin and fiddle, along with their mom, Deb Wildman, on upright bass and Furtado, a close family friend, on banjo. The Wildmans have been sweeping youth competitions at traditional music festivals and wowing audiences with their fresh take on traditional music, along with Aila’s stunning vocals, which bring in blues and jazz elements.”
The up and coming young acoustic string band, The Wildmans, come from the hills of 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 Floyd Yoga Jam. They also regularly represent young talent along the Crooked Road in regional fiddler’s conventions, and the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax invited the group to open for the Steep Canyon Rangers in July 2017. 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.
“This is the new bluegrass generation - eagerly, with passion and with surrender, and with great self-assurance. They ensure that bluegrass remains alive and kicking. A pure pleasure to listen to!”