This appealing young American folk/roots duo blends old time Appalachian traditions with fine contemporary songwriting and excellent musicianship on fiddle, guitar and banjo.
Formed in 2013 and based in Asheville, North Carolina Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski are alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and combine polished musicianship with the grit, drive, and soul of their musical heroes, legendary mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. Equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, Hoot and Holler have released one EP and one full-length album to date (with their second album currently in development).
The duo has performed at venues and festivals across the USA and Australia including Australia’s Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, the Portland Old Time Gathering in Oregon, and the New England Americana Festival to name just a few. Both Mark and Amy have also proved their musical credentials by achieving multiple placings in the instrument contests at West Virginia’s Clifftop festival and the Mount Airy Fiddler’s Convention. Both when performing and when teaching workshops, Hoot and Holler strive to honour the ancient sounds of those who came before, while bringing their own unique voice to the stage.