2015: "The Future"

Second Annual  *  International  *  Limited Edition

Presenting the Featured Artists for the Banjo Babes 2015 Calendar & Album! We kindly invite you to learn more about them, visit their websites, and further enjoy their music:

  1. Megan McKamey,
  2. Evie Ladin,
  3. Kendl Winter (The Lowest Pair),
  4. Susie Monick (Buffalo Gals),
  5. Erin Inglish,
  6. Grace Van't Hof (Cryin' Time),
  7. Maggie MacKay (The Local Memories),
  8. Emily Dowden,
  9. Laurie Michelle Caner (Hey Mavis),
  10. Jami Lynn,
  11. Dani Aubert (Patchy Sanders),
  12. Amber Rogers (Scenic Roots),
  13. Allison de Groot,
  14. Donna Lynn Caskey, and
  15. Lindsay Rilko (Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys).

Listen to or purchase the 2015 calendar and album.

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For the serious Banjo Babes Collector! Valued at $100, this package includes the second edition the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album - 2015. This package comes with one of the remaining limited-editions of the calendar and album for this year, PLUS, you will also receive a copy of this year's 2016 edition!

A must have for any collector - budding banjo fans and tenured connoisseurs alike.

Included with our previous years' releases is the third-release of the much-anticipated, limited-edition, thematic calendar and album featuring professional lady banjo artists! The Banjo Babes 2016 Calendar & Album package comes with our wall-calendar (approx. 12" by 12") featuring a photo and bio of each artist, PLUS the professional compilation album (CD in eco-package with eight-page, full-color booklet).

Thank you for supporting the project with a Pre-Order Pledge!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a PRE-ORDER, to be shipped and/or digitally-delivered in November, 2015.

FREE (DOMESTIC USA) SHIPPING - and DISCOUNTED INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING - ON ORDERS PLACED BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015.

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Banjo Babes 2015 Compilation Album

(Compilation)

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Presenting the second-edition of the world's most beloved annual collective banjo project, the Banjo Babes 2015 Calendar and Album! This edition features fifteen artists on a professional compilation album and thematic wall calendar.

Artists in the 2015 project include Megan McKamey, Evie Ladin, Kendl Winter (The Lowest Pair), Susie Monick (formerly of Buffalo Gals), Erin Inglish, Grace Van't Hof (& Cryin' Time), Maggie MacKay (The Local Memories), Emily Dowden, Laurie Michelle Caner (Hey Mavis), Jami Lynn, Dani Aubert (Patchy Sanders), Amber Rogers (Scenic Roots), Allison de Groot, Donna Lynn Caskey, and Lindsay Rilko (Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys).

Produced by Erin Inglish.

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  2. 2 Float Downstream 02:52
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  3. 3 Red Rocking Chair 03:33
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  4. 4 Single Girl, Married Girl 02:46
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  5. 5 Oh, Susanna 03:57
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  6. 6 Coyote, Why You Been Lookin' So Thin? 02:25
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  7. 7 The Ballad of Honeybee & Almond Flower 03:38
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  8. 8 Honeyman 04:06
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  9. 9 Ancient Ancestry 06:22
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  10. 10 Don't Count On Me 02:50
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  11. 11 Squirrel Hill 02:07
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  12. 12 Sandy Boys 02:22
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  13. 13 Goodbye, Again 03:48
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  14. 14 Nameless Heart 02:45
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  15. 15 This Time Tomorrow Night 03:55
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Artist Profiles

Maggie MacKay 

Maggie MacKay
www.maggiemackay.com

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.

Lindsay Rilko (of “Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys”) 


Lindsay Rilko (of “Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys”)
www.lindsayloumusic.com

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.

Grace Van't Hof 

Grace Van't Hof
www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-Vant-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.

Evie Ladin 

Evie Ladin
www.evieladin.com

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.

Jami Lynn 

Jami Lynn
www.jamilynnmusic.com

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.

Laurie Michelle Caner of “Hey Mavis” 

Laurie Michelle Caner of “Hey Mavis”
www.heymavis.com

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.

Dani Aubert of “Patchy Sanders” 

Dani Aubert of “Patchy Sanders”
www.patchysanders.com

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.

Amber Rogers of “Scenic Roots” 

Amber Rogers of “Scenic Roots”
www.scenicroots.com

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.

Allison de Groot 

Allison de Groot
www.allisondegroot.com
www.ohmydarling.ca

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.

Emily Dowden 

Emily Dowden
www.reverbnation.com/theemilydowdenband

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.

Donna Lynn Caskey 

Donna Lynn Caskey
www.donnalynncaskey.com

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.

Kendl Winter (of “The Lowest Pair”) 

Kendl Winter (of “The Lowest Pair”)
www.thelowestpair.com

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.

Susie Monick  

Susie Monick
www.susiemonick.tripod.com

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.

Megan McKamey 

Megan McKamey
www.meganmckamey.com

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!

Erin Inglish 


Erin Inglish
Organizer, Banjo Babes Calendar & Album
www.erininglish.com

Erin Inglish is a tour-de-force banjo chanteuse, a thoughtful wanderer steeped in the thick of California’s music scene. Inglish’s performances proffer passionate lyricism, toe-tapping grooves, and striking reflections about the state of the modern world. Her voice is both lush and raw, and her picking style on the five-string banjo is uniquely her own…expressive, sassy, dynamic. Erin has spent several years living abroad (in India, Madagascar, Bulgaria and Serbia) – and her songwriting reflects her elation for life, creative and exploratory nature, and passion for creating positive change through community and art. 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. Anticipating the release of a new album in early 2016, Muse, Inglish is collaborating with new-folk duo Stringtown Ambassadors for the recording project and a tour.