- “Golden Shoals bridge the sometimes distant worlds of traditional bluegrass and old time music together. With one foot steeped in tradition and the other focused on fresh songwriting, Golden Shoals are introducing the traditions of our past to a whole new generation of listeners.” –
– Kris Truelsen, WBCM Radio Bristol
- “In this age of political malaise, systemic injustice, a health catastrophe, and economic uncertainty, old-time’s sounds and themes can feel alarmingly relevant, especially when brought up to date in the able hands of Golden Shoals”
– No Depression
Led by the multi-instrumental duo of Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey, Golden Shoals make their festival debut as our Saturday night square dance band along with main stage sets throughout the weekend. They will be joined by clawhammer banjo player Cello Lukey and bassist Tereza Tomek.
Amy Alvey is a Berklee College of Music graduate who’s spent the better part of a decade immersed in the old-time scene, winning fiddle contests at Mount Airy and Surry County in the “ground zero” of Appalachian old-time music in North Carolina.
While enrolled in the jazz program at Berklee, Mark Kilianski dove into the trad/folk scene that thrives in Boston, immersing himself in bluegrass, Celtic, cajun, Quebecois, and other fiddle-based styles. He is now based in Vancouver.