The up and coming Neo-traditional stringband The Wildmans features the award-winning talents of siblings Eli and Aila Wildman on mandolin, fiddle and vocals, joined by gifted banjoist Victor Furtado. All three have won the most respected top awards in the old time Appalachian music – at 2018 Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention Eli and Aila Wildman each won first place in Mandolin and Old Time Fiddle respectively, and Aila was honored with the Best All Around Performer Award. This season the group is very excited to add the talents of multi-instrumentalist Sean Newman (of the Dharma Bombs) on upright bass and vocals.
Highly skilled instrumentals and soulful vocals applied to traditional and original tunes with a smattering of old time, blues, and jazz combine to create a fresh new sound – old tunes fueled by young spirit.
With a base firmly in old-time roots music, The Wildmans push the genre boundaries with acoustic electric instruments and effects to create a bigger sound, with original jam vibes, Tedeschi Trucks, Bob Dylan, and Prince covers, alongside our favorite old time and original fiddle tunes.
The band has shared the stage with bands such as Sam Reider & the Human Hands, Jon Stickley, Billy Strings, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Steel Wheels. Festivals include Floyd Fest, Rooster Walk, Red Wing Roots, Grey Fox, and Mountain Song, among others.
This group of young old-time musicians are bringing the traditional Appalachian music to audiences with an energy and flair that will keep this music alive and evolving into the future.