The Boston Globe calls composer and violinist Jake Armerding "the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years."
Armerding grew up playing classical violin and listening to 80's pop radio. He developed these influences into a roots/neo-folk style he calls "organic music," which he composes and performs across the country with the assistance of talented friends. He has released five albums of original material, along with a new EP, "Cellar Sessions," with his instrumental side project, The Fretful Porcupine.
Live performances feature violin, mandolin, guitar and voice, often accompanied by drums and percussion. Armerding incorporates a loop pedal to stack layers of strings, building to an orchestral sound one might describe as "roots chamber music."
Armerding recently logged his thousandth performance. He has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox and Toad the Wet Sprocket.
Discovered at an impromptu 3 am hotel room jam at a music conference when just 23 years old, Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his self-titled debut was released in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, from the Kerrville New Folk contest in 1999 to the 2006 International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize.
For the past 10 years, he has maintained a rigorous, international touring schedule, sharing the stage with Dave Alvin, Gillian Welch, John Hiatt and others, as well appearing at many major folk festivals, including Newport, Philadelphia and Shrewsbury (UK). In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall.
Erelli has seven records to his name, including collections of western swing (Hillbilly Pilgrim), lullabies (Innocent When You Dream) and songs of stirring social conscience (Hope & Other Casualties, WUMB Folk Radio's #1 record of 2006). In 2009, he was one of eight artists invited to the UK to take part in the Darwin Song Project, a collaborative release featuring songs inspired by the life and work of Charles Darwin.
Since this bio was written in 2010, Erelli has also released a collection of murder ballads recorded with Jeffrey Foucault called Seven Curses; Little Vigils, his ninth full-length studio record; and C'mon!, the debut record for Barnstar!, what Erelli calls a "quasi-imaginary bluegrass band".