Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves (2023)

Powerful, accomplished traditional American roots music

Now booking UK tour dates for mid/late May 2023. Please contact us for more details.

Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves are quite simply two of the greatest and most highly respected talents working in American folk music today. Gifted Canadian clawhammer banjoist Allison is celebrated for her peerless musicianship as a member of Molsky’s Mountain Drifters and The Goodbye Girls, and with step dancer Nic Gareiss, in addition to her duo with Tatiana. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Allison gained a performance degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has since toured all over the world, playing festivals from Celtic Connections to Rockygrass and Denmark’s Tønder Festival. Phenomenal American fiddler Tatiana is known for her mastery of multiple styles – including old time, bluegrass, folk and country – and has toured with luminaries including Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings and Bruce Molsky. She also performs in a duo with acclaimed musician Jake Blount, and played on the Grammy-nominated Laurie Lewis album The Hazel And Alice Sessions. Tatiana released her solo original four-movement suite Soledad in 2021, a project partly funded by the Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham [North Carolina] Arts Council.

Together, Allison and Tatiana create a sound that’s adventurous, masterful and original, whilst still paying homage to the best of Appalachian traditions. Their 2019 debut album not only showcased their hugely impressive musicianship, but reflected on the expansive, diverse canon of American roots music, highlighting the contributions of female, African-American and Indigenous musicians. It garnered attention from Paste Magazine, Rolling Stone and Folk Radio UK among many more, and won “Best Bluegrass Album”  from the Independent Music Awards.  Their recent second album Hurricane Clarice has also been showered with praise and sees the duo exploring more personal influences and themes, showcasing Allison and Tatiana at the height of their powers. The repertoire on this latest release comes from field recordings, old hymns, and LPs, but also from modern literary sources and original compositions from the two, a delightful mix of the old and the new.

If Hurricane Clarice has the incendiary fire of a red hot live performance, that was very much the plan for de Groot, Hargreaves, and their producer  Phil Cook. “We love performing live together so much,” says Allison de Groot. They worked out the innovative idea of rehearsing and recording the music as performance “sets” about one hour long. And now they’re eager to be back on the road to connect with audiences in person. In live performance, Allison and Tatiana create compelling acoustic music that takes the banjo and fiddle duet to another level, with driving tunes and powerful songs. We can’t wait to welcome them back to the UK next year!

Now booking UK tour dates for mid/late May 2023. Please contact us for more details.