Header Photo Credits: 1.Bob Adamek, 2.Seyl Park, 3.Chelsa Yoder, 4.Seyl Park
“Seeing the Wildman’s live was an inspiration! They took Oldtime tunes and expanded on them in a way I’ve never heard before, in a way only well seasoned jazz musicians could - with intelligence as well as power. And vocally, Aila Wildman is reminiscent of the likes of Rachel Price and Ella Fitzgerald. This young band is clearly destined for great things. ”
— Rob Miller, Pickin' Productions
Victor Furtado wins 2019 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass
The Wildmans' banjoist Victor recently became the youngest player to recieve the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, an incredible honor and well deserved.
Victor's talents are an integral part to The Wildmans, contributing his unique innovative banjo style, fluid and inspired improvisation, and original tunes (not to mention harmony vocals!). We are so proud of Victor and are honored to have him!
The Wildmans to Travianna Records
Our new recording is in process, stay tuned for details!
“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 up and coming Neo traditional string 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.
All three young players in the group have earned many awards, including the famed Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, in 2018 Aila Wildman won Best All Around Performer Award along with 1st place in Old Time Fiddle, Eli Wildman won 1st place in Mandolin (2018 and 2019), and Victor Furtado won 1st place in clawhammer banjo (2015, 2016 and 2019), as well as the prestigious Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo (2019). Multi instrumentalist Sean Newman rounds out the group on upright bass and vocals.
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, Grey Fox Blugrass Festival, Floyd Fest, and The Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival. They also regularly represent young talent along the Crooked Road in regional fiddler’s conventions. Having shared the stage with talents such as Bela Fleck, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Steel Wheels, Danny Knicely, Sammy Shelor, Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, and many more, 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!”
The Wildmans on the Workshop Porch at Floyd Fest 18 with guest musician Eli Fribush on Saxophone