Crooked Still

Crooked Still

BandAmericanaBluegrass

A hip new band playing traditional music in an exciting way.

Biography

Crooked Still redefines traditional music. With the unusual instrumentation of cello, banjo, bass, and voice, this neo-bluegrass outfit shatters preconceptions without sacrificing authenticity. Their unique combination of driving, earthy grooves and soaring, heavenly vocals has led the Boston Globe to call Crooked Still “the most important folk group to emerge from Boston since…the early ‘60’s.”

Drawing from bluegrass, old-time & contemporary folk traditions, Aoife O'Donovan (vocals), Rushad Eggleston (cello), Greg Liszt (banjo), and Corey DiMario (double-bass) put out a low lonesome sound that is simultaneously virtuosic and heartfelt.

Aoife O'Donovan has been dubbed the “voice of the new tradition” by Performer magazine. Merging American, Irish, klezmer and jazz styles, Aoife’s angelic voice brings mature expressivity to traditional songs. In addition to Crooked Still, Aoife is a member of the super-group the Wayfaring Strangers and is featured on their latest release, This Train (Rounder). She has also performed with Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, and Darol Anger. In 2003, Aoife graduated from the New England Conservatory.

Rushad Eggleston is a master of improvisation: his keen, inventive skill at adapting driving fiddle styles for the cello is nothing short of revolutionary. He performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers 4 as well as Darol Anger’s American Fiddle Ensemble. Rushad also leads his Wild Band of Snee, performing songs and instrumentals that are truly out of this world. Moreover, Rushad was the first string student admitted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship.

Gregory Liszt’s futuristic banjo style incorporates a novel four-fingered picking technique that turns the banjo into a funky rhythm instrument as well as a smooth soloing tool. Greg is currently working on his Ph. D. in Biology at MIT, where he researches the molecular and cellular basis of aging. Greg also performs with the Wayfaring Strangers and the Jake Armerding Band, and he has been featured in Banjo Newsletter as well as MIT's Technology Review. He has recently attained notoriety for his unique style of banjo rapping.

Double-bassist Corey DiMario provides rock solid, driving low-end accompaniment. He has performed at jazz and folk venues across the eastern seaboard, including the Kennedy Center, the Knitting Factory and Symphony Hall. He has recorded with Laura Cortese and Hanneke Cassel and is a member of the Lissa Schneckenburger Band. Additionally, he has performed with Liz Carroll, Russ Barenberg, and McCoy Tyner.

Discography

Hop High 2004 Footprint Records

Set List

Enough traditional material for 2 full sets.
Workshops available in Banjo, Cello/Fiddle styles, Bass, Harmony Singing, Gospel, and more
Songs include-
Darling Corey
Shady Grove
Ain't No Grave
Rank Stranger
Flora
Lulu Gal
and other traditional songs as well as music by Bill Monroe and Gillian Welch