Honeysuckle 1:45 - 2:45 pm Eastern
Named Best Folk Artist at the 2018 Boston Music Awards, Honeysuckle is a progressive acoustic trio that blends the traditional instrumentation of bluegrass and folk with modern effects, beautiful songwriting, and masterful, intricate arrangements. Their distinct brand of baroque, elevated Americana has earned the Berklee College of Music (Boston) alumni appearances at Lollapalooza in Chicago and Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. The band has received a nomination for Best Folk Artist of the Year and Best Americana Artist of the Year four years in a row at the annual Boston Music Awards. They were also honored to make the Top 10 Bands of 2016 So Far list compiled by NPR.
Lead singer Holly McGarry plays banjo and guitar. With her raspy, slippery, Appalachian-tinged vocals, she is accompanied by Benjamin Burns on vocals, guitar, and banjo, and Chris Bloniarz on vocals and mandolin. The Boston-based band performs across the country, playing alongside bands like Del and Dawg, The David Grisman Sextet, The Ballroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, Kitchen Dwellers, Sam Moss, The Western Den, John Craigie, Damn Tall Buildings, and others. Honeysuckle released their sophomore album, Catacombs, in late 2017. They also have two previous titles: Honeysuckle (full length 2016) and Arrows (EP 2015). They’re currently beginning to work on their third full-length album.
Current nominees for both Best Folk and Best Americana artists for this year’s Boston Music Awards alongside the aforementioned Grey Season, Honeysuckle takes on the bluegrass-Americana folk trio sound at its best, with wonderful raspy, slippery Appalachian-tinged vocals from singer Holly McGarry that layer exquisitely over loose banjo, mandolin, guitar, and harmonies, culminating in a truly American sound that reportedly thrilled the crowd along the water’s edge at Newport Folk Festival this summer.