Voted best Acoustic/Folk artist and Singer-songwriter in Western North Carolina in 2016, 2017, and 2018, Alaska-born singer/songwriter Hope Griffin has been labeled as one of the sweethearts of Asheville's local
music scene. She is well known for her free spirited stage presence, velvety vocals, and heart wrenching ballads, all delivered behind her hauntingly beautiful acoustic guitar playing. Armed with a strong
musical heritage and a 4 year degree in classical voice, Hope delivers a robust and emotional performancethat may make you laugh and bring you to tears in the same breath. She is a veteran of the stage, having performed on them since she was old enough to hold a microphone. She is often seen in various combinations, most often with her bandmate and cellist of 4+ years Jamie Leigh Bennett.
Her show soulfully fuses acoustic guitar, cello, and angelic harmonies together to provide her own thoughtful new interpretations of beloved cover songs, as well as her own stirring Folk/Americana originals. With both bachelors and masters degrees in classical music and performance, she and her cellist have years of experience playing for a multitude of different events and venues. She caters her sound to fit any atmosphere, carefully selecting songs from her extensive repertoire to create the
perfect ambiance for you.Though they are Asheville based, they also love to travel! They primarily stay within the Southeast USA, but can make exceptions, especially if already planning tour near you. As a band, they also know that options are important to you. Hope offers solo, duo, trio, and full band options for your special event. She frequently plays with several other talented musicians in the area, and can easily add them to her show depending on our clients needs.
Violin, mandolin, flute, electric
or acoustic guitar, drums, bass, horns – just ask! With a unique blend of folk, blues, jazz, and acoustic duets, Hope Griffin Music is ready to make your event the best it can be!
The Moon and You
The Moon and You is a cello/guitar duo that marries over 20 years of combined experience as professional musicians with warmth, originality and a respect for tradition. Our extensive repertoire of original and cover songs runs the gamut from classical to vintage/romantic, bluegrass and classic country to contemporary indie and classic rock. We put our own sweet stamp on every song we play, and we approach every client and every gig with the utmost professionalism.
Rooted in the rich music scene of Asheville, NC, seasoned players Ryan Furstenberg and Melissa Hyman have been working together as a duo since January of 2012. In that time we have given many hundreds of performances at weddings, events, festivals, retirement communities, theaters, clubs - almost any sort of venue you can imagine. Our wedding clientele in the Asheville area is always growing, mainly by word of mouth / referrals. We often book quite far in advance, but don't hesitate to contact us about gigs that are coming up soon - we may have a last-minute opening in our calendar.
The Moon and You “blends cello and guitar to craft folk music with a 1970's singer-songwriter feel in the vein of Joan Baez or Harry Nilsson. Together they make tender songs that feel like a warm homemade blanket,” says Brian Tucker of the Wilmington Star News Online. We travel throughout the Southeastern US, up and down the East coast, and to Western Europe; our touring territory is always growing, too. Ask us about your wedding even if it's a long way from Asheville, NC - often, we can work a far-off event into our tour schedule in order to make it possible.
The stately elegance of cello, the warmth of fingerstyle guitar,and the gorgeous sound of two voices in harmony can add so much beauty to your wedding ceremony.
Orange Krush is Western North Carolina's premiere wedding and party band, featuring our region's most sought-after musicians. The band includes female and male vocalists to give us a wide-ranging repertoire, as well as keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums. We offer several ensemble options to suit any type of event, including our core 6-piece ensemble, a 7-piece with saxophone added, or a 9-piece with the addition of a three-piece horn section of saxophone, trumpet, and trombone.
Orange Krush creates a highly-engaging and interactive experience. We pride ourselves on our ability to 'read' our audience and adjust our playlist in order to keep everyone dancing and having fun. From Cocktail Jazz to Dinner Swing, Motown to Disco, 80's to Today, Orange Krush is a versatile, entertaining group of talented professionals. We work closely with every client to assist with planning and development of the perfect timeline for your celebration. Our versatility means we can also provide ceremony music, cocktail hour entertainment, and dinner music, all followed by a fantastic and memorable dance party.
Band members have won grammys, toured the world, and performed with the likes of KISS, Jimmy Page, Allman Brothers, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and others. Orange Krush has performed at over 500 events in over 150 venues over the last 15 years, entertaining crowds all over Western North Carolina and the southeast at a variety of private events and parties. We use this experience to create a “MIXTAPE” of favorites that will pack the dance floor all night long! Our band proudly does not discriminate against anyone for any reason. We strongly believe in equality, inclusion, and compassion. We welcome all people with open arms, including our LGBTQ brothers and sisters!
The Magills have over 25 years experience playing for weddings and other events, and are regular performers at The Biltmore Estate and The Grove Park Inn. Their music which consists of guitar, mandolin, Irish flute, silver flute and low whistles, has been featured on North Carolina Public Television, NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock, and NPR’s Mountain Radio Stage.
Regarding their musical style, they play original and traditional music, rooted in the Celtic and Appalachian traditions, as well as light classical when preferred and requested.
Jim is the founding Director of the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops at Warren Wilson College, and Beth plays with various musicians & bands, is a recording session musician and teaches Irish flute and tin whistle.
Tina & Her Pony
Tina and Her Pony released their full length, self-titled debut album in March 2012. The album was mixed and mastered in Oakland, Calif. with Myles Boisen (The Tigerlilies; Kronos Quartet) and features trumpeter Chris Grady (also featured on Tom Waits’ Mule Variations). After an 18 month album release tour spanning the United States and Canada, they established a new home base in Asheville, NC and began recording their forthcoming album, Champion at Echo Mountain Recording studio. Champion draws inspiration from and meditates on dreams, the subconscious, and death. The album will be released November 3rd 2017.
Collins and Jordan are classically trained musicians who first toured together as part of Over Under Yonder, a five piece band that played songs from Collins’ debut album Journey Onward. Collins composed most of the songs that appear on Journey Onwardas she thru-hiked from Maine to Georgia on the Appalachian Trail in 2006.
When Over Under Yonder finished touring in 2010, Collins and Jordan, recognizing an obvious synergy, split off as Tina & Her Pony. The duo spent the next two years writing and performing new music together in Taos, New Mexico, the place where Tina & Her Pony forged their signature sound of delicate, haunting harmony and exposed instrumentation on cello, tenor ukulele, and acoustic guitar.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Collins grew up listening to folk legends like Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Nick Drake, as well as Appalachian musicians such as Loretta Lynn, The Carter family, and Doc Watson. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Tampa FL by her Guatemalan single mother, Jordan spent her young life salsa dancing at family parties and singing hymns in her church choir. She started her classical training at the age of 8 and began writing music at 14 years old, largely influenced by Russian Romantic Composers and artists such as Radiohead, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.
Collins and Jordan’s songwriting incorporates complexities in harmony and arrangement that queer the american folk tradition. Their unique sound draws inspiration from artists such as Nickel Creek, Sarah Jarosz, Gillian Welch and Crooked Still.
* We are able to bundle prelude, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception entertainment at a special rate. Please give us a call today for a quote. Carolina Music Planner will be the central contact for booking, music selections/organization, and all communication.