What a pleasure to have this unique duo of uber-talented musicians Simon Chrisman and Wes Corbett in their first Canadian festival appearance.
Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings an unusual style to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique. his inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world. He tours with the Jeremy Kittel Band and the Bee Eaters, and has performed with Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Laurie Lewis and Seamus Egan.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Wesley Corbett has performed with many of the most influential acoustic musicians of our time, including Molly Tuttle, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull, Bruce Molsky, Robert Earl Keen, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis (among many others), as well as touring internationally with the indie-Popgrass band Joy Kills Sorrow. From 2011-2015 Wes was the professor of banjo at Berklee school of music in Boston MA and currently teaches contemporary bluegrass banjo online at Peghead Nation. He lives in Nashville TN and is the banjo player in the Sam Bush band.