Runaway String Band - Toano

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Runaway String Band is "an impressive ensemble of awesome musicians with a foot tapping, irresistible sound," say the Tidewater Friends of Folk Music. With lush vocal harmonies and hot instrumentals, the band provides their audiences with a taste of traditional and popular American music with an innovative New Acoustic feel.

They perform in concerts and festivals around Virginia as well as private events such as weddings and parties, combining mandolin, guitar, 5-string and fretless banjos with the amazing 7-string lyra viol, a family member of the upright bass with a tender, haunting sound that is often compared to the human voice.

Inspired by the eclectic string band style of early groups like Charlie Poole and His North Carolina Ramblers, Runaway String Band follows that tradition of blending together old tunes and songs with contemporary pieces. The World Community Press said: "[The band's] old timey harmonies and intuitive performances transported the audience into a truly joyous state."

Doug Austin, on mandolin, called "lightnin' fingered" by the World Community Press, is a former member of the acclaimed bluegrass ensemble Virginia Rail, a founding member of acoustic jamband Soy Hero and also performs with Americana rock band Blue Line Highway.

Barry Trott on guitar, mandolin, and fretless banjo, toured for 15 years with his noted early music trio The Virginia Company throughout the eastern US, including shows at Wolf Trap and the Kennedy Center. He is also a long time performer of 17th and 18th century music in historic Williamsburg.

Dave Paddock on five-string banjo brings years of experience to the group in a variety of vocal ensembles such as the Old Dominion Line barbershop quartet.

Lynn Trott on lyra viol has been a member of several traditional and early music groups and is a lead vocalist in the 19th century band Southern Horizon. For years she has performed early popular music in the taverns of historic Williamsburg.
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  Runaway String Band
145 Skillman Drive
Toano, VA 23168

Lynn Trott
(757) 566-1422 tel
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