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Frank Fairfield

Fairfield, a street musician who plays banjo, fiddle, and guitar and sings traditional folk songs as you would imagine they were sung when they were first written, is only just getting used to the idea of playing music venues alongside rock musicians. He is also an avid collector of 78 rpm recordings of American folk and mountain music and is working on plans to build his own spring motor gramophones.

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country singer, songwriter, composer, producer, entrepreneur, author and actress. Parton began performing as a child, singing on local radio and television in East Tennessee. At age 12 she was appearing on Knoxville TV, and at 13, she was recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. When she graduated from high school in 1964 she moved to Nashville, taking many traditional elements of folklore and popular music from East Tennessee with her.

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Brothers Grim and the Blue Murders

Brothers Grim has been described as "Ashtray Music for Sinners who've earned the blues..." It is the Bastard Project for the Inabinet brothers (Matt and James of Hellbent Revelators) and draws from the music and themes of Delta greats such as Son House, Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt - and mixes them with the misspent upbringings of Rock Excess and Murder Ballad sensibilities, delivered with the subtlety of a Nail driven into concrete or crooned like a wounded Animal to its Captor. The Brothers Grim is stripped back roots at its darkest.

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Jim Lauderdale

JIm Lauderdale is a Nashville showman in the grand tradition. He's also one of the city's finest songwriters, as the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, Mark Chestnut, Vince Gill and George Strait will be glad to attest. Beyond Music Row, Lauderdale is well known in bluegrass and jamband circles. He recorded two albums with the legendary Ralph Stanley, one with Donna the Buffalo and he collaborated with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter on <i>Headed for the Hills</i>, his 2004 release on Dualtone Records.

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The Tom Fun Orchestra

A lot of band bios will begin with the line “with humble beginnings”.  This band bio begins with the line “with outrageously immodest and ambitious beginnings”.  With outrageously immodest and ambitious beginnings, The Tom Fun Orchestra sauntered into the Atlantic Canadian music scene the way an Italian funeral saunters through a mountain village.  That is, with many loud instruments, casks of wine and complete irreverence for everything happening around them.  Thus it went for the next five years. 

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Actor Slash Model

Actor Slash Model is a grassroots DIY, transgendered indie-grass music and performance duo project comprised of simon strikeback and madsen minax. aS/M conveys mega-queer, “trans-centric” and kink-aware music through simple melodies and witty lyrics. from actorslashmodel.com

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Baskery

Baskery is Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson, three sisters from Stockholm, Sweden. This three part orchestra creates their sound on distorted slide banjo, slap-driven upright bass and acoustic guitar. Baskerys debut album "Fall Among Thieves", released in may 2008, was recorded live on stage at Decibel Studios together with their engineer/producer,
Lasse Mårtén (Sahara Hotnights, Pink, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John etc). Baskery's members have earlier toured Sweden, Europe and the US, with their former band Slaptones (EMI/Capitol) featuring drummer & dad Jan-Åke Bondesson.

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Crooked Still

Crooked Still is a self-styled alternative bluegrass band consisting of vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, cellist Tristan Clarridge, fiddler Brittany Haas, banjo player Dr. Gregory Liszt, and bassist Corey DiMario. They are known for their high energy, technical skill, unique instrumentation and innovative acoustic style. O'Donovan and DiMario met at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in spring of 2001. Former cellist Rushad Eggleston, who was studying at Berklee College of Music, and Liszt, a graduate student at MIT, were playing music together around the same time.

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Bruce Molsky

Bruce Molsky (b. Manhattan, New York, 1955) is an American fiddler, banjo player, guitarist, and singer. He primarily performs old-time music of the Appalachian region. He was born in 1955 at New York Infirmary in Manhattan, and grew up near St. James Park in The Bronx. His father, Milton, a mechanical engineer, was a first-generation American descendant of Jewish immigrants from Poland. As a young man, Bruce first became interested in blues music, but eventually became absorbed in old-time music while studying engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York beginning in 1972.

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The Wreckery

THE WRECKERY are a Melbourne based formed by Hugo Race and Ed Clayton-Jones on their return home from tenure with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds in Europe and the U.S.A. Robin Casinader joined on drums having played with Hugo and Ed in the art punk outfit Plays with Marionettes. Nick Barker and Charles Todd finished the line up on bass and sax respectively. THE WRECKERY were a big hit on the live circuit and had a large and loyal following.

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