Pigeonwing Strings
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Pigeonwing Strings

Band Folk Bluegrass

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Jan
07
Pigeonwing Strings @ Cygnet Folk Fest.

Cygnet, Tasmania, Australia

Cygnet, Tasmania, Australia

Nov
28
Pigeonwing Strings @ Yinnar Artists Resource Center

Yinnar, Victoria, Australia

Yinnar, Victoria, Australia

Nov
27
Pigeonwing Strings @ Italo-Australian Club

Forrest, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Forrest, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Pigeonwing Strings have released one EP of demos and are currently recording a new full-length CD.

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Pigeonwing Strings represent the novelty and organic nature of American old-time music from the 1920-30s. They play the music of the Appalachian Mountains not according to a formula but with creativity, passion, and energy, drawing upon numerous influences for their sound. They incorporate styles as diverse as Québécois fiddle, close (brother-style) vocal harmonies, early bluegrass instrumentation, and modern songwriting. Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Pria Schwall-Kearney (voice, fiddle, banjo,feet) and Greg Fair (voice, mandolin, guitar, banjo, percussion), Pigeonwing Strings refuse to let continents stand in the way of their music! In fact, Greg, who lives in the United States, and Pria, an Australian, believe their different cultural backgrounds is part of what makes their music so fresh and exciting. Like world travel, Pigeonwing Strings is about exploration and having fun! Of course, they strive to ensure that while offering their own interpretation of old-time music, the essence of the traditions is not lost. Greg and Pria proudly root themselves in what has come before and capture the mystery, joy, grit, and sorrow that is at the heart of traditional American music. This sensitivity is a testament to their maturity and accomplishment as musicians. Greg has toured the east coast of the U.S. with the old-time stingband, The Varnish Cooks, and has performed with the internationally renowned Crooked Jades. Pria has performed with various groups at most major Australian and New Zealand festivals, as well as touring North America in 2008.

Pigeonwing Strings offers workshops:

Pria Schwall-Kearney provides classes on Old-time, Quebecois, and Scottish fiddle at the beginner through advanced levels. She also teaches Percussive and Cape Breton stepdance. Additionally, she offers workshops on how to sing with the fiddle.

Greg Fair provides workshops on old-time and early bluegrass mandolin at the beginner through advanced levels. He also offers old-time guitar classes for players of all levels. He teaches clawhammer and 2-finger banjo, as well.