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About Matt Nokoa
Matt Nokoa grew up on a small goat farm in Central New York and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding among others. Matt’s piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. Matt now tours internationally, recently performing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. Matt is endorsed by Stonebridge Guitars.
About The Honey Dewdrops
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs. With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation. After a year and a half of living on the road and 8+ years of touring under their belts, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore home and it’s where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released May 2015 on Random Records. Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes the set of songs as “a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.” And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.
About Rolling Hills Radio
Host Ken Hardley brings a mix of hard-working, frequently touring musicians, singers and songwriters to the Studio Theater stage for an intimate evening of live music, interview, storytelling and more. Rolling Hills Radio, a creation of producer/host Ken Hardley, is an ongoing series featuring live musical performances from regional, national & internationally recognized artists exploring, celebrating, and performing grassroots Americana music. Whether blues, classical, bluegrass, folk, traditional country, rockabilly, jazz, or pop the music reflects the heart of the musician and the human condition.
Each concert is recorded with you – the live audience – then broadcast the following week on WRFA-LP 107.9 Radio For The Arts. For tickets call (716) 484-7070.