Ben Hardesty- Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Dan Hardesty- Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
Annah Hardesty- Bells, Percussion, Vocals
Andrew Benfante- Organ
Jay Benfante- Percussion
Amos Housworth- Cello
Teresa Totheroh- Violin
Where are you from/where do you live now?
We like to call it Mountain Top Chamber Music. Some describe it as Folkestral.
There is definitely a roots music influence with artists like Allison Krauss or going further back, The Carter Family. We also listen to Edward Sharp, Fleet Foxes, Guster, Dodos, and the like. We draw heavily from a classical influence as well, and our song writing is influenced by cinematic soundtracks like that of Disney’s Bambi.
Greatest accomplishment to date as an artist?
Opening for the Avett Brothers at NTelos Pavilion (Portsmouth), and recently being offered a recording contract with Universal Republic.
If you could sign with any label, what would it be and why?
We love the homegrown indie feel of labels like Mom & Pop, but also appreciate the professional success and resources of large labels like Universal. Universal would be on the top of our list.
Dream collaboration and why?
The London Philharmonic Orchestra or Bruce Springsteen because he is The Boss
Where do see yourself in 5 years?
Touring heavily worldwide, releasing our 3rd album while still creating new music, representing Virginia well, loving our family and friends, and Dan would like to write a book.
Why did you want to be a part of ShaggFest?
ShaggFest is a great opportunity to be a part of a local surge of original artists. We love that it is a hybrid of genres and are eager to place our music in front of crowds who may not be familiar with Bison.
What are you most looking forward to about the experience?
The interaction with fellow artists and most importantly fans old and new.
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