Mar 8 2024 - 7:30 PM
Fellow Pynins is an Ashland, Oregon based award winning contemporary folk duo with a keen and bucolic sense of vocal harmony and song craft anchored in the balladry tradition. The duo consists of Dani Aubert on claw-hammer banjo, bouzouki and Ian George on guitar and mandolin. They are songwriters, collectors, and interpreters. Since 2016 the duo has toured the United States incessantly and has gathered significant traction in the United Kingdom/Ireland, gracing festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness Festival, Omagh Bluegrass Festival, and selling out legs of their most recent United Kingdom/Ireland tour. In 2019 they were named by NPR’s Bob Boilen as one of the best Tiny Desk submissions. The same year they won the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time duet competition. In 2020/2021 the duo relocated from Minneapolis back to Oregon to build (learning every step of the way) two tiny houses on wheels for their family, which they now live in.
In 2022, Fellow Pynins released their sophomore album Lady Mondegreen while officially showcasing at the 2022 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City. Lady Mondegreen, recorded live over ten days in December 2021, at their off-grid tiny house dwelling in the mountains of Oregon, is an ode to their love and reverence for traditional music. All songs on the album were learned person-to-person from various individuals they met while traveling with their two children over a ten-month song collecting trip through Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, in their transformed camper van “Big Blue.” The album showcases their “strong vocal harmonies” (Smithsonian Folkways), instrumental prowess, and adventurous arrangements quintessential to the Fellow Pynins rustic sound. The duo’s sophomore album is being received with remarkably positive reviews. Songlines states “Lady Mondegreen is an exquisitely harmonized treasure trove of imaginatively reinterpreted, historically significant acoustic music” while Paul McGee of Lonesome Highway called it one of the best folk albums of the year. There is additional instrumentation on the album from players from Ireland, London, New York City, Boston, and Minneapolis.
“Fellow Pynins will transport you into their haunting and beguiling world of love tales and spine-tingling harmonies… They’ll have you traveling far and wide to hear them again.”
– Lisa Dunn (BBC)