Tellico Album Release Show with John Doyle

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Tellico Album Release Show with John Doyle

Asheville-based roots-Americana band Tellico celebrates the release of their second album Woven Waters at the The Grey Eagle on Friday January 18th at 8pm (doors 7pm). The show will feature the band’s signature “Appalachiacana” sound combined with the unmistakable groove of the album’s producer, the renowned Irish musician John Doyle. The show also features Doyle’s own innovative style that has redefined the Celtic music genre. Tickets are available for this very special evening of music at for $17 in advance or $20 at the door.
About the show:
With their honest, heartfelt songwriting and unmistakable sound, Tellico crafts Woven Waters, an album that blends Appalachian sensibilities and British Isles influence, creating an eclectic set of poignant songs that speak to our modern times. The group worked with noted Irish musician John Doyle to create and record in real-time in the studio of Grammy-nominated engineer David Arnold in Johnson City, TN. The practice brought the group to uncharted territory in their musical landscape, built upon their core sound, but with an enhanced level of awareness to texture and melody. Augmented by Doyle’s contribution on bouzouki on much of the album, the chord choices, instrumental themes and rhythmic dynamics intertwine, carefully weaving together the natural flow of each song’s intent, and inspiring the album’s title.
The album is a follow up to the group’s debut album Relics and Roses (2015), which gathered accolades from tastemakers and earned them appearances at some of the country’s most prestigious festivals (MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival). The group formed in 2014 from members of Asheville bluegrass bands Dehlia Low and Town Mountain.
At Tellico’s core is the voice of Anya Hinkle, evoking tones of Gillian Welch, Natalie Merchant, and Hazel Dickens. With arresting honesty, her singing and songwriting comes from the heart. Her foil can be found in fellow songwriter and vocalist Greg “Stig” Stiglets. Inspired by the events of daily life, his attention to melody and groove help to further showcase the instrumental prowess of the band.
Both Aaron Ballance (dobro, lap and pedal steel) and Jed Willis (mandolin, clawhammer banjo, electric guitar) hail from North Carolina, a state that itself provides its own conservatory for musical study. Both musicians are veteran players, having studied from first-generation roots music pioneers and serious practitioners of the genre in the classrooms of countless jam sessions, gigs, and bands through the years.

The four musicians deepen their awareness each year of the synergy among them while eyeing terrain that is yet uncovered.

Official video for “Courage for the Morning,” the first track from Woven Waters, and audio links for tracks off the new album can be found here:

“If you want to hear how modern Americana mountain music should sound, here it is.” -Martin Anderson WNCW-FM Spindale, NC

“’Woven Waters’ is a stunning follow-up from one of the most dynamic and interesting bands on the Americana scene. With a clear mastery of the many influences that make the music of Appalachia compelling, and a modern sense of groove that makes the songs impossible to forget - Tellico has firmly inserted themselves into fine company as one of North Carolina's best bands.”
--Jacob Sharp, Mipso

Producer John Doyle, best known for innovative guitar work and arrangements in Solas, the Irish-American supergroup, has performed and recorded with some of the most well-known musicians in Celtic music today. Nominated for a Grammy for his album “Double Play” with fiddler Liz Carroll, Doyle has had his hand in an astonishing number of notable recordings and collaborations in the Celtic genre.

Doyle has also worked with some of the most important voices in American folk music including Tim O’Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Joan Baez. He was a core member of the popular “Transatlantic Sessions” recordings with Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins, Kathy Mattea, and many others. There are few artists more respected, both within Irish music and the broader genre of acoustic music, or more in demand in the studio, as a songwriter, and as a performer.

John Doyle on Mountain Stage:

“Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone…one of the world’s best acoustic guitarists. Mind-vaultingly good…” --The Wall Street Journal

“A complete rhythm section all on his own” --Chicago Tribune

“Doyle’s superpowered accompaniment in trad-music settings is a marvel” -- Acoustic Guitar Magazine Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle); and now Usher's Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) - a vertible who's who of the greatest names in Irish music. These are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle's signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential.

From a musical family in Dublin, John’s influences include well known English folk singers Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and The Watersons; Scottish singers Dick Gaughan and John Martin; and fellow Irishmen Paul Brady and Al O’Donnell as well as his father, Sean Doyle - probably the biggest influence of all. John went on the road as a pro at 16 with the group Chanting House which he formed with Susan McKeown and which eventually included such great players as Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, & Donogh Hennessy. John went on to form the highly acclaimed super group, Solas, with Seamus Egan, John Williams, Karan Casey and Winifred Horan which took the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm, in no small part due to John’s powerhouse rhythmic guitar style and innovative arrangements. As a member of Solas, John performed to sold out audiences nationally and internationally as well as appearing on many national TV and radio programs: NBC’s The Today Show, various programs for National Public Radio and Public Radio International, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, E-Town and World Cafe as part of that critically acclaimed group, he also received three NAIRD awards and a Grammy nomination for the band’s self-titled first recording.

After leaving Solas, John has gone on to perform and tour with other greats in the Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass worlds - as music director for folk icon Joan Baez, guitarist for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eileen Ivers, Tim O’Brien (John was included on Tim’s 2006 Grammy-award winning CD, Fiddler’s Green), Linda Thompson, Kate Rusby, Cathie Ryan, Cherish the Ladies, and many others. He has appeared on soundtracks for the feature film, The Brothers McMullan, Soldier, PBS’s Out of Ireland and also composed the music for the film Uncle Robert’s Footsteps and the play Down the Flats as well as performing on countless recordings as guitarist and/or singer for other notable artists such as Kate Rusby, Linda Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Alison Brown, Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, Mick Moloney, Cathal McConnell, Karan Casey and so many others (check out the discography page for a full list). John is a featured regular for many years in the hugely popular BBC Scotland "Transatlantic Sessions" regularly broadcast in Ireland and at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow having performed there with Americana greats Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Rodney Crowell, Sara Watkins, Kathy Mattea, and many others.