The band’s new CD “Hold Your Lying Tongue” is the fifth album in eleven years from Appalachian Heaven Stringband. "We feel it marks a new phase in our evolution. While we hold firmly to our roots in traditional American fiddle and banjo driven folk music, we want to bring something of that sensibility into some more contemporary offerings as well".
For this recording they've put together a stellar collection of songs and tunes by some of their favourite players and writers, included a couple of original songs from the band members (Born In the Sugar Cane - K. Wheeler, Red Ruby Rose - G. Fletcher) and added two guest musicians. Released in April 2017 and launched at the Australian National Folk Festival.
Appalachian Heaven Stringband is Australia's finest tribute to the old-time mountain music of Appalachia and brilliant exponents of modern Americana and original Australian compositions. They are well known for their tight, driving arrangements of tunes and songs from the southern Appalachian USA mountains.
Born and raised in Australia on bush music, classical and pop, the members of Appalachian Heaven Stringband take their sustenance from the deep well of Anglo-Celtic ballads and tunes with African-American rhythms in the hard scrabble counties of West Virginia and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Stringband is the precursor of Bluegrass, featuring fiddle, banjo and vocal harmonies transposed from the Celtic fiddle traditions, infused with African-American cultures, and rural sensibilities.
Appalachian mountain music is played with gusto and authenticity, learnt directly from the masters during regular visits to the USA. From sensitive and driving fiddle tunes, dance tunes with curly toes, to cheeky songs and disarmingly touching ballads, Appalachian Heaven Stringband delight audiences young and young-at-heart.
The band loves to be participants in community music events and share their skills and knowledge through workshops (clawhammer banjo, old time fiddle or autoharp) and open jam sessions.
Ian Alexander - clawhammer banjo, vocals
Sally Taylor - fiddle, vocals
Kimberley Wheeler - bass, vocals
Graeme Fletcher - guitar, autoharp, vocals
Claire Alleway - cello
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