Folkknot was formed in early 2020 when a group of students at Wake Forest University met after a night organic chemistry lab and decided to form a band. That spring semester guitarist Grey Hyatt, accordionist Marcos Lammel, and violinist Charlotte Waugh practiced in a cramped Scales Fine Arts Center practice room, bringing to life a set of songs Grey was writing about the life of his late grandfather who’s love for the sea would become the central theme of the band’s debut work. Unfortunately after less than 2 months together the band was forced apart by the covid pandemic, but this presented an opportunity to record songs while the band waited to return in the fall. After 4 months of remotely recording songs bit by bit in each band member’s respective basement a collection of demos entitled ‘A Disease Called The Sea’ emerged and was released in early July. Unfortunately, once reunited during their fall semester a heavy schoolwork load forced Charlotte to give up her spot in the band. A friend of Marcos’s, cellist Nathan Faulk, filled the opening and the band began playing live shows in October of 2020 and recording a new set of demos in early 2021. After a lengthy recording process, the new lineup released the band’s sophomore effort “A Life Well Suffered”, their second collection of demos, in late July of 2021. The band is currently expanding it’s ranks, adding new instruments and sounds as they prepare for recording their third album slated for release in early 2024.
“Like the best folk often does, [Palmyra] balances melancholic yearning with intimate beauty, crafting a dance of lovely harmony and unadorned instrumentation.”-Under The Radar, 2023 “Their voice(s) drips with a beautiful desperation, every single word holding an earnestness you don’t find just anywhere anymore.”-The Alternative, 2023 Established in the Shenandoah Valley, Palmyra’s set explores the fusion of traditional folk string instruments, three part harmonies, and earnest songwriting. The trio captures the collective spirit of three Virginia natives, Teddy (he/him), Manoa (he/him), and Sasha (they/them), often described as a distant cousin of the progressive folk band, Punch Brothers, mixed with elements of Oliver Wood or the Avett Brothers. Palmyra’s songs are intimate and contemplative, with arrangements that allow them to create the illusion of a full, larger-than-three ensemble. The trio’s sound is a nod to Appalachia and Midwestern Americana, apparent through their stirring craftsmanship and dedication to a folk-driven, innovative experience throughout each unique live performance. Palmyra has supported Watchhouse, Mipso, and Illiterate Light on the road and had the honor to play the historic Newport Folk Festival in both 2022 and 2023, Americanafest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and Floydfest where they were named the “On The Rise” competition winner in ’22.
Hailing from the cornfields of Indiana and now residing in Greensboro, North Carolina, front man and singer/songwriter ’s eclectic style traverses folk, rock and blues. Farewell Friend’s music is first and foremost an exploration of poetry, narrative, and storytelling. Their sound is a delicate avalanche of sonic texture – a presentation of recognizable and distorted folk and Americana forms.
Not Your Average Folk contenders Queen Bees + The Shouldiggers team up for a special night at Flat Iron!
The Wildwoods are an enchanting Folk/Americana trio based in Lincoln, Nebraska, whose flowing songwriting tandem has been praised by Paste Magazine as “focused and charmingly human”. The Wildwoods’ delicate melodies and descriptive lyrics come from nature, love, experiences from the road, and growing up in Nebraska. Comprised of husband and wife team Noah (guitar) and Chloe Gose (violin), as well as long-time friend Andrew Vaggalis (bass), The Wildwoods draw inspiration from a wide range of influences including the styles of: Watchhouse, The Decemberists, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Peter, Paul, & Mary, Nickel Creek, Joni Mitchell, and Gregory Alan Isakov. The folk/Americana trio work to harmoniously and delicately blend their voices to create a sound so nostalgic that you may find yourself dreaming and longing for those sweet memories from your former days.
Established in the Shenandoah Valley, Palmyra explores the fusion of traditional folk string instruments, three part harmonies and foot percussion. In 2022, Palmyra made their Newport Folk Festival debut, were named the FloydFest 2022 On The Rise Winner, and performed over 200 tour dates on acclaimed stages up and down the East Coast. The trio captures the collective spirit of three Virginia natives, Teddy (he/him), Manoa (he/him), and Sasha (they/them). Palmyra’s songs are intimate and contemplative, with arrangements that allow them to create the illusion of a full, larger-than-three ensemble. The trio’s sound is a nod to Appalachia and Midwestern Americana, apparent through their stirring craftsmanship and dedication to a folk-driven, innovative experience throughout each live performance.w/ Dissimilar SouthBased in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dissimilar South has been categorized as indie rock, new folk, Americana, and even polished pop-country. Whatever they are, their refreshing sound is characterized by rich instrumentation, honest lyrics and luscious harmonies. Dissimilar South’s core is the musical relationship of Carter Hodge and Maddie Fisher, now a six year affair. Having released their debut EP “Treehouse” in 2019, the band is poised for a delightful full album release in 2021, produced by the Grammy nominated Jason Richmond. Fisher and Hodge bring their songs to life with robust support from some of the best instrumentalists in NC, including Joseph Terrell (Mipso), Alex Bingham (Hiss Golden Messenger), Joe Westerlund (Sylvan Esso, Watchhouse) and Joe McPhail (T.Gold).
Among the leaves, this trio creates music together. Seasoned musicians Casey Lipka (bass and voice), Hannah Jane Kile (guitar and voice), and Natalie Hagwood (cello and voice) are getting into new sonic territory. Folk infused with Jazz influences, expect harmonies tight enough that these three could be sisters. From tender to brassy, Dear Darling’s compositions touch on themes such as self empowerment, unconditional love, and following your dreams.