Playing and spreading the good news of Appalachian old-time and other acoustic roots music is what The Strawflowers do best. They perform an array of music from traditional tunes to Hazel Dickens and John Hartford. They are happiest when the harmonies soar, the banjo and fiddle are in lockstep, people are tapping their toes or jumping up to dance.
Hannah Goa highlights the melody on fiddle with Bruce Ziff adding melodic and harmonic colour on clawhammer banjo. Pamela Johnson’s guitar drives the rhythm while Toby Tellier keeps them all honest with her rock-solid bass playing. They sing harmonies together in various constellations, performing sometimes lonesome and beautiful, sometimes spirited or even rowdy renditions of traditional and contemporary repertoire. Their exuberant energy and compelling stage presence welcome the listener into the colorful, textured world of the Strawflowers.
"Refreshing as a glass of cold water on a hot summer's day or a shot of whiskey on a... well just about any time I guess." – Steve, Calgary Contra Dance Caller