Mississippi Travelers

Alternately lyrical and hard driving, The Mississippi Travelers play the fiddle music of Mississippi with deep knowledge of its past to make it sing in the present.

Harry Bolick,( fiddle, guitar and vocals)
is somewhat of a national treasure in that he is one of a handful of fiddlers keeping
this tradition alive in our country. The genius of this musician is not just his skill with a fiddle but
his pursuit of his roots and musical traditions in his home state Mississippi. On the theory that you
never know what you’re going to find when you start searching, Harry stumbled on a treasure trove
of folk music in the state archives which had been researched, notated, assembled and forgotten.
The work was done in the Depression era by some 130 WPA workers who travelled the dirt roads of Mississippi through farms and villages to discover such locally popular tunes as “Soapsuds Over the Fence,” “Butterfat,” and “Sugar in the Ground.”  more info

Nathan Bontrager, (cello, guitar, vocals)
is a unique and versatile musician with his musical chops rooted firmly in the traditional old time and folk genres. As well as being a world-class cellist, he has performed throughout Europe and the US as an old time fiddler, clawhammer banjo and guitar player. Nathan has collaborated with musicians like Jane Rothfield, Aaron Jonah Lewis and Marc Duff, and regularly plays with the Ol’ Timey Messengers in Paris and the UK/US traditional band, Root & Branch.  Nathan hails from the North-Eastern USA but currently lives in Germany, where he has studied Baroque Cello and Viola da Gamba in Masters programs at the Essen and Koeln conservatories.  In addition to Appalachian and other traditional folk forms, Nathan is quite active in the improvised and new music scenes throughout Europe.

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with Nathan Bontrager and Brian Slattery:
-Sweet Milk and Peaches / White hat
-Third Party / Mississippi Shuffle