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The much-anticipated Banjo Babes 2015 Calendar & Album is now available for pre-sale. Presenting the second-edition of the annual compilation album & calendar featuring professional lady banjo artists. Pledge now and place a pre-order! Help us to make the second annual edition of this project come to life! On behalf of all of the 2015 featured artists, thank you kindly for your support!
This year’s Calendar & Album features FIFTEEN professional lady banjo artists in a silly, fun thematic calendar and seriously good compilation album showcasing their music. Artists in the 2015 edition of the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album include Susie Monick (of Buffalo Gals, 1970’s), Evie Ladin, Jami Lynn, Amber Rogers (of Scenic Roots), Kendl Winter (of The Lowest Pair), Erin Inglish, Megan McKamey (of The Velvet Blue), Donna Lynn Caskey, Grace Van’t Hof, Maggie MacKay (of Chasing Blue Band), Dani Aubert (of Patchy Sanders), Laurie Michelle Caner (of Hey Mavis), Allison de Groot, Lindsay Rilko (of Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys), and Emily Dowden.
With the mission of promoting the music of women who play banjo via a fun, collaborative project, the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album project invites you to celebrate these artists’ talent and creativity by ordering our compilation album (preview all 15 tracks below or at www.banjobabes.bandcamp.com) and humorous, silly, fun thematic calendar themed, “The Future” (ALL calendars include the 15-track CD in a beautiful eco-package).
To celebrate the second-annual, international, limited-edition project – we have a theme – “The Future”! That’s right! What does the future of the banjo look and sound like? Order today and find out for yourself! We guarantee a little bit of silly fun and lot of awesome banjo! All proceeds from the sale of this product go directly to the grassroots production of the project, the artists involved, and the promotion of their music. Designed and produced by one of the artists, made in the USA, professional quality – the Banjo Babes 2015 Calendar & Album will make you smile and tap your toes all year long!
Help us to make the 2015 edition of this project possible! Order your copy today, get one for each of your friends, and tell the world about us! Thank you for your support!
PREVIEW the 2015 Album
Meet the 2015 Artists
We invite you to meet the wonderful group of artists featured on our 2015 compilation album and calendar! Some are returning artists from our inaugural 2015 edition, and some are new artists that we welcome to the project! Please enjoy their websites and music below.
NOTE: Most of the photos below are PREVIEWS – and are a bit different than the actual photos used in the calendar. You know, for maximum awesomeness.
Erin Inglish (Organizer, Banjo Babes Calendar & Album)
California banjo songstress Erin Inglish often performs just voice and banjo, and her songwriting reflects her passion for traveling and grounding for environmental conscientiousness, social justice and artistic expression. A graduate of mechanical engineering, Inglish worked for many years in sustainable development and green building consulting before opting to become a full time musician in 2012. In 2013, Inglish released her first solo album titled, A Melody So Sweet, and then toured – by bicycle – the entire coast of California to celebrate Earth Month as part of what would become her annual Earth*Bike*Banjo tour. The 2014 tour pedaled from Portland to San Luis Obispo debuting a banjo-puppet music for kids called The Good Folk Show. Inglish is the organizer the annual Banjo Babes Calendar & Album, a collaborative project amongst lady banjo players aimed at supporting and promoting independent artists via a fun, thematic calendar and professional compilation album. In January 2015, she will tour for a second season with Duncan Phillips, son of Utah Phillips, as part of his Long Memory tour celebrating the life and times of Utah. Inglish tours internationally for part of the year, and while at home in the countryside in California, she writes music, teaches banjo, and is a potter and graphic artist. She believes in freedom of positive expression, fostering kindness and celebrating good, and making the world a better place through music. Namaste.
Maggie MacKay is the first female principle banjo player to graduate from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music with an emphasis on songwriting and performing. A Nova Scotia native, now residing in Boston, Maggie fuses her maritime influences with blues, rock, and traditional bluegrass. In 2012 Maggie released her first full-length solo project of original material – produced by Ryan Roberts and Dave Demay. Maggie’s musical focus Boston-based bluegrass band, Chasing Blue and Nashville-based Americana band, The Local Memories. When off the road, Maggie is a private instructor for banjo, violin, and piano in the Sudbury, MA, area.
Megan McKamey might be young, but she’s no stranger to bluegrass music. She first picked up the banjo at age nine after her Papa Conner told her she could have his old banjo if she’d learn to play it. Now, at 21, she has done just that. In the past several years, McKamey has begun to make a mark on the East Tennessee bluegrass scene. She currently performs at the popular Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge six nights a week. She recently released her first album titled, Here’s Your Goodbye – featuring some of today’s top Bluegrass artists!
Lindsay Rilko (of “Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys”)
Lindsay Lou (Rilko) and her band, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys have been non-stop traversing the country since their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds. The album showcased the band’s meshing of Appalachian tradition with a rootsy Michigan vigor. They are anticipating the release of their second full-length album, Ionia, in 2015. Motivated by the power of music to connect; to ask questions; to heal and to learn about what it means to be human, Lindsay Lou, Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George are a finger pickin’, harmony slingin’, tight knit family fashion conglomeration who show no signs of slowing down.
Dani Aubert of “Patchy Sanders”
Dani Aubert is a lover of the land, and her music grows from the vines, trees, polypores and spring ephemerals that inspire her. Her songs are filtered through dreams, forests, owls, and cedar trees – and weave chromatic melodies, dissonant vocal harmonies and a soundscape of rhythmic and melodic orchestration. She plays the banjo, harp, penny whistle, and “sings like a hawk nestled in a rose patch.” She is a founding member and songwriter for “folk orchestra” Patchy Sanders. Their debut album Patchy Sanders & The Wild Peach Forest was added to the 2015 Grammy ballots under the category “Best Folk Americana Roots Album of the Year.” From the Appalachians to the Cascades, the wilderness continues to inspire Aubert to write and share her music.
Laurie Michelle Caner of “Hey Mavis”
Laurie Michelle Caner lives her songs every time she sings them. Her banjo playing is an original style of curious origin, and serves as a strong yet ethereal foundation for her lyrics. Her band Hey Mavis released their second album to a sold-out crowd in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in February 2013. Tracks are getting airplay in London, the Netherlands, and across the US. If you are unfamiliar with the music of Hey Mavis, they welcome you to enter their world of “Appalachian Americana”. With banjo, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, kick drum and harmonica, they easily move from a softly orchestrated lullaby to a raw and raucous love song.
In a few short years, folk, jazz, and blues songstress Jami Lynn has made her mark on the Midwest. Jami majored in Vocal Performance and Commercial Music in college, during which time she recorded her first album, Dreamer, as Jami Lynn & The Aquila Band. She has since released her second album, “Sodbusters,” and Cluck & Croon – a duo project with Black Hills flat-picker, Dylan James. Jami Lynn also brings folk music to elementary school students via the South Dakota State Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools and Touring Artists programs. She has also shared the stage Spider John Koerner, The White Buffalo,Trampled by Turtles, Charlie Parr, Portland indie-rockers Blitzen Trapper, Chatham County Line, The Pines, Special Consensus, and Mark Johnson.
The polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin’s clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco’s Stairwell Sisters, Ladin’s solo debut Float Downstream (2010), co-produced by Mike Marshall and Keith Terry, was quickly followed by Evie Ladin Band (2012), which won Americana Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Vote. Based in Oakland, CA, Ladin tours solo, duo with Keith Terry, or with her expansive stringband – Evil Diane. In every combination, Ladin’s live performance is a demonstrative, gorgeous storm. www.evieladin.com
Grace Van’t Hof
Grace Van’t Hof studied classical violin and piano at a young age until she discovered the banjo in high school. A university scholar of Americana voice and banjo, she has performed in venues from the Merlefest Midnight Jam and the Grey Fox Mainstage, to the International Folkdance Festival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Van’t Hof has share the stage with an impressive array of artists including Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Tony Trischka, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, the Dixie Beeliners, Della Mae, Locust Honey, and many more. Apart from her music career, she also works as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Susie Monick is a multifaceted artist and a true banjo pioneer. Monick studied at Syracuse University where she took up the banjo and founded the first all-woman bluegrass band Buffalo Gals. Her 1976 album Melting Pots is hailed as the first jazz banjo album. An accomplished instrumentalist on banjo, mandolin, and accordion in various Nashville bands, she also fronts her own band Holly Wood And the Extras. Also a sculptor, she turned to clay to ease pain in her hands. Monick has made appearances in ABC’s Nashville and several movies.
Kendl Winter (of “The Lowest Pair”)
A traveler, a dreamer, and a bold banjo pickin’ songstress from Arkansas, Kendl Winter now calls Olympia, Washington home. While spending most of her time on the road as half of the new old-timey banjo duo, The Lowest Pair, she writes and performs in both clawhammer and three-finger style. This quirky, old-time roots influenced duet performs traditional and original music, often nestled-in between. Dave Simonette (of Trampled By Turtles) recorded their debut record 36¢. They are road warriors with a city folk front and back porch sentiment. This dynamic banjo duo is turning heads across the country.
Donna Lynn Caskey
Banjo gal Donna Lynn Caskey honors folk tradition while sometimes taking it to edgy, new places. Her debut album, Nameless Heart, consists of twelve timeless-sounding, boundary-stretching originals on clawhammer banjo. Caskey began writing and playing banjo in 2011 after attending an intensive banjo course in North Carolina on a full scholarship. Shortly thereafter, she left her home in Virginia by train for California. Her heartfelt, engaging performances inspire audiences to sing along, weep at soul-stirring ballads, and laugh at playful one-liners amidst occasional bouts of tuning. www.donnalynncaskey.com
Singer/songwriter Emily Dowden performs with her band The Emily Dowden Band, teaches music, writes, models, and is a health and wellness consultant. Originally known for her decade-long run with family band “The Dowden Sisters,” Dowden was raised on her father’s dairy farm in the rolling green hills and “hollers” of Wright County, Missouri. She spent the first sixteen years of her life developing musical skills, performing regionally, going to school, and experiencing the rural Ozarks lifestyle and musical culture – all which contribute to the genuine artist that she is today. www.reverbnation.com/theemilydowdenband
Allison de Groot
Allison de Groot is one of Canada’s top clawhammer banjo players. She combines love and passion for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality. De Groot is part of The Goodbye Girls based in Boston, and also founded the Canadian country quartet Oh My Darling, which has toured all over the world from the United States to London to Denmark. In 2012, Allison was awarded the Slaight Family Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. where she has studied intensively with Bruce Molsky. Although firmly rooted in old-time and traditional music, Allison has shown her ability to collaborate and create outside this genre, pushing the boundaries of the clawhammer banjo.
Amber Rogers of “Scenic Roots”
Amber Rogers is a talented multi-instrumentalist and band leader for Scenic Roots. She has been immersed in bluegrass and old-time music since she was young, beginning with fiddle and piano at age four. She now commonly performs on fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and hammered dulcimer; but also plays bass, guitar, and mandolin. Scenic Roots is a sister duo (with her sister, Erin) which combines old-time mountain melodies, bluegrass drive, Irish traditions, and down-home humor. In addition to her instrumental mastery, Rogers’ voice is a driving force in Scenic Roots’ sound, with a rawness reminiscent of the old Appalachian hills. Her voice has an innocence and purity that makes it instantly accessible and likeable.
What does the product look like? The calendar is approximately 12″ by 12″, full-color, with a professional photograph of each artist celebrating this year’s theme above each month. Included with the calendar is the showcase album, featuring one track from each of the artists. The album comes packaged in a beautiful eco-package with a full-color booklet.