No Strings Attached is an A Capella group based at Emory University. They have released multiple albums, and perform on campus.
No Strings Attached is also the name of an award-winning quartet based in Roanoke/Blacksburg, Virginia. The group features hundreds of strings playing music described as “eclectic, jazz on acoustic instruments and world beat.” The Washington Post accurately described them as “one of the more adventurous string ensembles today.” While their recordings feature traditional acoustic music, they also incorporate material by Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, the Chieftains, and Bill Spence, as well as their own originals. The eclectic brand of music they play and their exciting stage personae—think Cirque du Soleil and you’re close—has allowed them to open for such artists as Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Doc Watson, Turtle Island String Quartet, John Hartford, and John McCutcheon. They have played in many American and European venues and wrote and performed the theme song for the PRI radio show World Cafe. On stage, they typically dance the tango with their instruments, parody old rock and roll bands, clog while playing old-time tunes, and sometimes use the slinky (yes, the old toy) as a percussion instrument. The band members don’t cite strong folk music influences.
Bassist Bob Thomas comes from the jazz, rock, and bluegrass worlds and is one of the vocalists in the group. He takes his role as “bassist” to heart, playing acoustic bass, bass
clarinet, and bass saxophone, with the goal of “owning a bass instrument from every instrument family.” Wes Chappell is the other vocalist and the multi-instrumentalist of the group. His background is rock and roll, but he plays in a variety of styles. Harmonica player Pete Hastings has become well known for his virtuosity on the chromatic and diatonic harmonicas, having studied under harmonica master Howard Levy for a number of years. Hastings also doubles as the group’s guitarist. Randy Marchany, who plays the hammer dulcimer and keyboards, was trained as a classical pianist.
No Strings Attached is also the name of a bluegrass band based in Raleigh, NC specializing in a deep repertoire of original, contemporary songs, traditional favorites and instrumentals. Their unique individual styles and profuse experience blend together into tight vocal harmonies, polished instrumental technique and an infectious, driving rhythm.
Members: Hank Smith - banjo / vocals; Hank Bowman - guitar, mandolin / vocals; Leo Kishore - bass; Jamie Dawson - mandolin / vocals; Lin Peterson - dobro, guitar / vocals
No Strings Attached is the name of an up and coming band that was started when two like-minded people found themselves doing the same course at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. For now, their music is primarily sample-based. The bands hometown is Groningen, The Netherlands. For now, two tracks have been released.
Edited by RichardBos on 9 Jan 2010, 13:02
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