FOR YOUR BANJO INSPIRATION:
ALLISON DE GROOT & TATIANA HARGREAVES
Allison and Tatiana recorded Hurricane Clarice in 2021 in Portland, Oregon. It grabs you quickly, feeling both rooted in the past but somehow new. The duo creates a sound that feels full, live and bigger than two musicians. They won the Independent Music Awards “Best Bluegrass Album” in 2019 and continue to garner accolades across the country playing festivals throughout.
THE SONGS THAT CAUGHT OUR EAR:
The repertoire on Hurricane Clarice comes from field recordings, old hymns, and LPs, but it also comes from modern literary sources and original compositions from the two, a delightful mix of the old and the new.
For master musicians Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, traditional banjo and fiddle music is a way to interpret our uncertain times, to draw artistic inspiration and power from the sources of meaning in their lives. History, family, literature, live performance, and environmental instability all manifest in the sounds, feelings, and sensations that permeate their music.
Individually they are both leaders in the young generation of roots musicians, de Groot being known for intricate clawhammer banjo work with Bruce Molsky, and Hargreaves bringing powerhouse fiddling to the stage with Laurie Lewis and David Rawlings in addition to teaching bluegrass fiddle at UNC-Chapel Hill.