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Helping to revive the love of folk and grass music in the hearts of a new generation. Under The Willow is a string band featuring the lead vocals of Erin Donovan and Hayley Skreens. An original four piece rooted in but not limited to traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Using socially conscious and thought provoking lyrics forged with imaginatively original arrangements Under The Willow blends the sounds of Folk, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jam Band, Rock, Reggae, Americana, with a twist of soul.
Born in the spring of 2008. Under The Willow was founded as a duo by vocalist and violinist Erin Donovan and her husband and utility player Pat Donovan. In the summer of 2012 utility players and vocalist Hayley Skreens and Joe Lenza joined the band through a shared love of traditional bluegrass music/instruments as well as progressive original acoustic music. With all members in the band it is common to see them switching between Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo. Adopting and applying many different types of playing styles. The string band is complete with all members contributing to the writing process.
In the Spring of 2013, on the brink of their first tour, they released their debut album "Under The Willow". Available for sale on ITunes, Amazon, CDbaby and can be found on Spotify and Rhapshody.
"We put our hands, voices, and hearts to work capturing the music in this raw yet polished debut studio album." -UTW
"Under The Willow" highlights the fiercely warm vocals and beautiful harmonies of lead vocalists Erin Donovan and Hayley Skreens. As well as, the thought provoking lyrics and arrangements contributed by all members. While showcasing their unique line up of utility players and love for traditional bluegrass instrumentation. The album includes songs rooted deep in Under The Willow's history such as "Reaching Out" as well as brand new songs written and performed in the past year such as "All You Do" and "Time Speaks". With tracks featuring their good friend and former member Anthony Perry on Keyboard and Bass including but not limited to "Our Nature" and "This Is Why". Overall the debut album represents the groups lifelong commitment to the music they play. They look forward to releasing their next album soon.
After a great winter in Florida and almost a year after we quit our jobs, sold our stuff, set sail and hit the road. Going from Wisconson to Florida and so many places in between. With new songs in the bank and a year under our belts. We look forward to hitting the road again as we take our quest to the Mid-West! A few dates announced include a show with our good friends Old Shoe and Mr. Blotto. As well as Moondance Bluegrass Festival and Spring Jam Music Festival. With so many more dates coming soon!!! Stay up to date on all things Under The Willow at underthewillowmusic.com
They've had the pleasure of playing with many great musicians such as Styx, Tea Leaf Green, Henhouse Prowlers, Family Groove Company, Pert Near Sandstone, Leadfoot, Old Shoe, Dog 1, Shel, Fresh Hops, Mr Blotto, Eric Lambert, and Ben Miller Band, and have been involved in festivals including South By Southwest 2012, Ribfest 2012, 2013, Hopjuice Fest 2012, Widow's Peak 2013, Nippersink 2013, Whippersnap 2013, Shoe Fest 2013 and more!
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