Scythian

Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a trio of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar, a banjo and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a world percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. Scythian's high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music is the result of their origins as street performers and has one goal in mind - to get people up on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks. Scythian is: Josef Crosby (Fiddle/Bass), Alexander (Fiddle/Mandolin) & Danylo Fedoryka (accordion/guitar), Ben-David Warner (Fiddle/Banjo) and Tim Hepburn(Percussion).

The New Familiars

Founded in 2005 by Fedor and friends, North Carolina’s The New Familiars have been touring & playing their own style of “American Rock & Roll” for years now. Having undergone many transformations in their early years, the band has remained rock solid for the last five years with Daniel, Maholland, and Flynn rounding out the “no frontman” quartet. Drawing from the vast influences collected throughout their careers, they’ve shaped a sound that combines the nitty-gritty roots music of the Appalachia with the guitar-drenched-drum-driven anthems of Rock & Roll. Through collective songwriting, howling harmonies, & multi-instrumental talent, their show can take you from a back porch hoe-down to a full on rock show at the change of an instrument.

Making the road their home, their high energy shows have gained them notoriety not only in the press, but also among their peers. The band has been paired with legends like Levon Helm, Del McCoury, and Emmitt-Nershi as well as new school greats like The Infamous Stringdusters, Langhorne Slim, and DAWES. Known to be a group of fun loving guys, their musicianship has wooed the likes of Ronnie McCoury (Travelin’ McCourys), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band), and Danny Barnes (Dave Matthews Band) to join them on stage for some epic nights of picking and grinning.

Ever the freedom seekers, the band has remained independent of labels and management as they’ve navigated their way through the festival, theatre, and club scene nationwide. They’ve been honored with playing some of the best music festivals in the country like SXSW, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, MerleFest, Shakori Hills, Guavaween, and FloydFest. In 2012 they were featured at the Democratic National Convention and then later asked to open for Vice President Joe Biden on his visit to Charlotte, NC.

Having recorded a couple of EPs and a live album, the band’s crown jewel to date was released in 2011. A full length studio album comprised of songs about love, luck, traveling the road, and finding one’s place in the world the band’s current album, “Between the Moon & The Morning Light” is a crystallization of all that the band has experienced over the years of touring, and features many of the people they have formed bonds with along the way. Guest spots by Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers, Tania Elizabeth of the Duhks, and Sam Quinn , formerly of the everybodyfields, demonstrate the range of The New Familiars popularity with their fellow musicians and the diversity of their material. Recorded by Joe Kuhlmann at 34th & Hudson in Charlotte, North Carolina, and mixed by Dave Glasser at Airshow in Boulder, Colorado, Between the Moon and the Morning Light is an album that these four boys bring to life night after night, while always creating new material and throwing in the odd foot stomping cover.

Be on the lookout for this band as they certainly will be looking for you.

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Scythian with The New Familiars

Saturday, December 21 · 8:00 PM at 9:30 Club