Blue Hat, Yeah! is a new band on the forefront of the New England bluegrass and progressive acoustic music scene. Their blend of traditional bluegrass and original instrumentals influenced by jazz, bluegrass and old time music makes them a new voice in the bluegrass world. The band's members have attended Berklee College of Music, The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music and The New Zealand School of Music and each bring a diverse background of traditional music to the group.
"Blue Hat, Yeah! is the name of this ambitious group of fine, young musicians whom are working hard at creating their own brand of Acoustic/Bluegrass music. Hailing from the Boston area and having studied our genre, they are constantly working, honing, and raring to go; showcasing to the world what they have to offer. This is a refreshing, young band with tasteful material, smiles, and a hunger for people to hear and enjoy what they have to offer. Keep your eyes and ears on this aspiring band in the future."
Jesse Brock Mandolin/vocals The Gibson Brothers
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Fiddle
Bronwyn Keith?Hynes is a Boston-based musician originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16, she graduated in 2013 with a diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling in both Irish and Bluegrass circles. Her playing, improvising, and writing is informed by her past five years of intense immersion in the Boston acoustic music scene and time spent studying traditional Irish and Cape Breton music before moving to Boston. Bronwyn performed with Peter Rowan at the 2013 IBMA and has also performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts; The Inter?Celtic Festival in Lorient, France and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. This year she was selected to attend the 2014 Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar, held in April, where she will study with artists such as Julian Lage, Bela Fleck and Mike Marshall. As well as performing with Blue Hat, Yeah! Bronwyn also performs with the Wes Corbett Trio and The Moonlight Ramblers.
Catherine Bowness, Banjo
Since picking up the banjo at age 12, Catherine (BB) Bowness has travelled throughout New Zealand, Australia and the United States playing and teaching bluegrass music. At age 15, she received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA, where she won the Uncle Dave Macon banjo contest in Murfreesboro, TN. She was the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. In 2013, BB was one of just sixteen young musicians selected to attend the Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar, studying with world-class artists such as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger. Since re-locating to Boston last year she has kept busy recording, performing and teaching in and around Massachusetts.
Nathanial Sabat, Bass
A graduate of the voice program at New York City’s renowned LaGuardia High School, Nate Sabat’s musical roots are in choral singing. However, he started playing bass just before he began at LaGuardia, and, years later, was accepted to the Berklee College of Music as an upright bass principal. There, he has made it a goal to delve into the thriving Boston acoustic music scene, inside and outside of Berklee. To date, he has performed, worked and studied with artists such as Kronos Quartet, The New York Pops, Eugene Friesen and Bruce Molsky. This winter, he was chosen to be one of sixteen young acoustic musicians to attend the Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar in April, and will work with artists such as Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall, and Chris Eldridge. After graduating Berklee, he plans to stay in Boston for a few years to continue to play, record, and compose.
Mike Robinson, Guitar
From the age of six, Mike Robinson has had a guitar in his hands. He was raised in a musical family on a thirty-five foot sailboat that traveled the Caribbean. When he was twelve, Mike and his family moved to Boulder Colorado where he joined his middle school jazz band and began attending bluegrass festivals. At age sixteen he premiered a composition on the first ever CCJA record, "Fourteen Channels" on Tapestry Records. By the time Mike moved to New York City to study at The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, he had developed a style of playing and writing that mixed his love of both jazz and bluegrass music. This winter he was accepted to attend the Savannah Music Festival Acoustic Music Seminar, which will be held in April 2014 and where he will be studying with some of the top acoustic musicians in the world. Mike currently lives in New York and is in his third year as a student at the New School. Mike is in high demand as a guitarist and singer in both the jazz and bluegrass music worlds.
Matt Witler, Mandolin
Matt Witler is a Boston based mandolin player. Starting on the fiddle at the age of nine, Matt fell in love with old time and bluegrass music. At the age of 14 he picked up the mandolin and began to study music in earnest. Matt is now in his final semester at the Berklee College of Music. While Matt is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, he has explored and been influenced by Jazz, classical, and pop music. In 2012 Matt won first place in both the mandolin, and flatpick guitar contests at Rockygrass bluegrass festival. Matt is a founding member of the Lonely Heartstring Band, a progressive acoustic band that is quickly gaining acclaim in the bluegrass community.
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