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Rushad Eggleston, Lily Henley & Friends
January 14, 2013
Grammy-nominated String and Vocal Prodigies
Monday, January 14
Born in a log cabin in Big Sur CA, cello-goblin Rushad Eggleston is a masterful improviser and a wildly inventive performer. He's known for his revolutionary cello playing, semi-acrobatics, and motivational songs from his own land of Sneth. Two decades of practicing and meditation led Rushad to invent bluegrass cello, co-found folk-bluegrass sensation Crooked Still, and earn a Grammy nomination with the all-star group Fiddlers 4. In 2007 he strapped on his cello and unleashed the cello-driven rock band Tornado Rider.
He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, after having won the first-ever full string scholarship in a competition. There Eggleston studied cello with Associate Professor Eugene Friesen and graduated in May 2003. After releasing a small-press album called Nico and Rushad with fellow musician Nico Georis, Eggleston made his large-scale recording debut with his Compass Records release with the group Fiddlers 4, which was nominated for a 2002 Grammy, as well as with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, bringing him to national prominence. Eggleston has toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, Fiddlers 4, and the alternative folk/bluegrass group he helped found, Crooked Still. Crooked Still released two CDs with Eggleston, in 2004 and 2006. He also released a more experimental album, Playhouse of the Universe, with The Wild Band of Snee, as well as another of his goofier self-titled albums. Eggleston left Crooked Still in November 2007. Eggleston has been an instructor at Mark O'Connor's fiddle camps and conferences from 2001 to 2007. He has also taught cello at Maine Fiddle Camp at camp NEOFA.
Eggleston now leads, produces, and tours nationally with his band, Tornado Rider, based out of Oakland, CA, and with other artists including Lily Henley. Tornado Rider has earned fans nationally during performances at venues like The Boom Boom Room in San Francisco and at festivals like SpringFest, Burning Man, and the Magnolia Festival.
Lily Henley is a singer, songwriter and fiddler who is gaining recognition as one of the most unique and passionate voices on the acoustic music scene. Born in Boston and raised accross more than 20 locations, Lily brings a diversity of experience and depth to her music; synthesizing her many influences to breathe life into a style all her own.
Lily grew up in a musical household inspired by parents who were avid folk music enthusiasts. Before her 6th birthday she heard Irish fiddling for the first time, and at the age of 11, after requesting one for years, Lily received her first violin and immediately began teaching herself tunes by ear. Two years later she attended Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp, the first fiddle camp of many. It was at these camps that she was able to study with inspiring teachers including Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, Liz Carroll, and many other renowned musicians, and was introduced to a multitude of fiddle styles and the world of acoustic string music.
In her teens Lily was a musical staple at concerts around the Chicago area, and before her 15th birthday had already performed at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Chicago Celtic Festival, and the Chicago Highland Games. She traveled to Cape Breton Island to study at the Gaelic College in Baddeck, but as she neared the end of high school she chose to attend the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in order to branch out in other musical directions. While still in school, Lily joined Sanda Weigl's Gypsy Jazz ensemble on a tour of Romania, toured the US with Jordanian pianist Zade Dirani, and in 2008 was a featured vocalist alongside clarinet phenomenon David Krakauer at Carnegie Hall. After graduating, Lily moved to Tel Aviv, Israel where she collaborated with the Baroque Ensemble Barrocade, and toured extensively with Israeli band Ktiphah Schorah. She was also a member of Musica Nova, Israel's only experimental music ensemble, and was a featured new artist in major articles in Haaretz and Yediot Aharonot (national newspapers of Israel).
As a versatile singer and fiddle player, drawing on her roots in both Americana and Middle Eastern music traditions, Lily Henley has begun to forge a unique musical path for herself. Her repertoire crosses three languages and combines original material with ear-catching arrangements of traditional songs and melodies. Lily currently lives in New York City and has just released her first record produced by Israeli Composer/Arranger Omer Avital entitled "Words Like Yours".