Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill has straddled the tenuous line of “fiddler” and “violinist” for the better part of his thirty years. Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina he grew up studying with many of the best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. He was featured on NPR at age 18 and never looked back. His 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts and says grammy-winner Tim O’Brien: “He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches, you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”
Magill will play a set steeped in the bluegrass and old-time traditions he grew up learning at the Swannanoa Gathering. Backing him up on guitar will be John Cloyd Miller. A twelfth generation North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate. Cloyd is also a 1st place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and a recipient of an Artist Fellowship for songwriting by the North Carolina Arts Council. Cloyd is a founding member of the acclaimed Americana trio Red June and currently performs in the New Appalachian duo Zoe & Cloyd with his wife, acclaimed fiddler Natalya Zoe Weinstein.