Matthew Wilburn Skinner, Giulia Millanta, Michael O' Connor

Matthew Wilburn Skinner

Raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, friend of the owl- Matthew Wilburn Skinner sings songs of happiness and sorrow. As one-third of the band Tallgrass, he's done his part to expand the possibilities of the banjo beyond a bluegrass instrument. "I used to just try and play really fast," he admits. "Which was a challenge, but then I realized you can't move the soul with that many notes, heh. Just the feet." He still plays fast sometimes, "I can't help it, haha, it's fun," but it seems to have moved beyond a sport for him somehow. His Delta blues/jazz fingerstyle on the acoustic guitar is also crazy unique, with flourishes of virtuosity in between vocals that will break your heart before lovingly putting it back together again. Starting out in Iowa City more than 15 years ago, he honed his craft as a player and a sound engineer before moving with Tallgrass to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2013. He now plays in Tallgrass, does solo performances, and hand-builds banjos at Cloverlick Banjo Shop.

Giulia Millanta

Giulia Millanta is a songwriter from Florence, Italy, now based in Austin, TX. She is a traveller. She is a writer. She is a performer who uses her own unique style in combination with various genres to craft music that connects cultures. She plays guitar, ukulele and she sings in four languages—Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Giulia Millanta started to play the guitar and sing old, traditional folk songs at a tender age. Her curiosity and search for a personal form of expression distinguished her first work, “Giulia and the Dizzyness” (CavernJatt Records 2008). She performed at the Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarzana, where she won the Carisch Award "New Sounds of Acoustic Music", in May of 2010. Two years after her first release, Giulia delivered "Dropping Down" (Ugly Cat Music/ Audioglobe 2011) a multivalent musical performance, showing her skills in every aspect of production. The album is in fact entirely written (except for the cover, Paranoid, by Black Sabbath), arranged, and produced by the singer/songwriter.

In 2012 , after touring Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and US, Giulia moved to Austin, Texas, the "live music capital of the world", a melting pot where different cultures, genres and musical styles meet and blend. Here, filled with new energy and influences Giulia decided to "give birth" to a new album: "Dust and Desire" (Ugly Cat Music/Audiglobe 2012)

A year and a half has passed since her third album and Giulia has been playing, touring, traveling and writing new songs in a completely new and stimulating environment. Her fourth studio effort, “The Funambulist,” is a musical investigation of the art of balancing…people, languages, realities and life in general.

Michael O' Connor

Michael O'Connor is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter living in Colorado. For decades he has played and recorded with musicians including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, and Shelley King. A lifetime of hard-won experience on- and off-stage has allowed Michael a rare insight into the world of the rough, the faithless, the romantic, and the unlucky, all of whom find refuge in his songs. Michael has toured throughout the United States and overseas. He has released six albums, and a seventh is on the way next year.

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