Fiddle-Guitar duo Hoot and Holler was born of a love of American folk music, nurtured in Boston's burgeoning string band scene, and inspired by the authenticity and enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music.
Their tender harmonizing and songwriting comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears. Described as the perfect cross section of soulful grit and polished technique, you can expect the full range of dynamics when performing traditional and original old time fiddle tunes--pulsing with rhythm, and an impenetrable groove.
Hoot and Holler has entertained audiences all over the country on their own, as well as official members of the Massachusetts Walking Tour, where they annually hike 100 miles on Massachusetts trails to play free community concerts. Their new full-length album "Reasons To Run" plays like a sonic cross-country road trip, a "fresh and distinctive blend that can only be earned the hard way - through thousands of miles and hundreds of nights on the road." -Patrick Coman, WUMB's Local Folk
With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured into the subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft. His songs of true life adventures combine the essence of early folk music with a dose of country grit. He has toured the U.S. and performed with Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum, Lydia Loveless, The Lumineers, Brown Bird, Joe Fletcher, Jonah Tolchin, Death Vessel, Liam Finn and Kimya Dawson among others. In 2015 his dream of playing Newport Folk Festival became a reality, the location where Bob Dylan went electric 50 years earlier. Blakeslee is unafraid to bare his very soul on stage, emptying a loaded cache of emotion and passion onto the stage for all to witness, explore and devour.
With Blakeslee's new album The Alley Walker, he exposes a risky and more evolved take on what awarded him “Folk Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards in 2014, and “Male Performer of the Year” at the New England Music Awards in 2015. Though his boots and fingertips are worn and his guitar has been strummed in hundreds of venues across the country, Dan Blakeslee still delivers his songs with the same heart of a young, lyric scribbling troubadour, who knows because he’s tried it, that he can out sing a passing train.
"There is a feeling of antiquity to the songs, which are written in a poetic language that could have been taken from Walt Whitman's 'Leaves Of Grass' " - Boston Globe
*Photo Credit: Michael Winters