What happens when you bring 1 fiddle, 1 bass, 1 dobro guitar and 3 talented ladies out to a womens only motorcycle campout on the Delaware river? A whole lot of dancing and Dolly Parton requests thats for sure! Daisycutter will be back this year to kick off Saturday night with a little New York bluegrass!
Daisycutter is a simmering culmination of New York's musical melting pot in action. Based in NY’s Hudson Valley, this "downtown/upstate" band combines a wide-screen city view with a bracing dose of rural realism, creating a searing mix of indie roots-rock with an alt-country barbed wire edge. Fronted by singer/fiddler Sara Milonovich, and featuring inventive dobro player Abbie Gardner (of Red Molly), and Daria Grace on bass, Daisycutter blazes a unique musical trail with their "mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political-punk attitude and lyrics." (Jeff Sweatman, The Corner) www.daisycutter.net
Frontwoman/singer/songwriter/fiddler Sara Milonovich cut her teeth as a highly sought-after side person in the bluegrass, folk, rock, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond. Growing up on a working farm in rural upstate New York, she began playing when she was four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor.) After a collection of awards for fiddling, singing, and composing, she left school at sixteen to hit the road with bluegrass band The McKrells. A diverse trajectory led her from there through a busy career as an accompanist and collaborator with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger (including on his Grammy-winning At 89 album), and Eliza Gilkyson, among others. In 2011, Sara toured Kosovo, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Turkey as part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, a cultural diplomatic program administered by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the US State Department. She is also the founder and president of Rootstock (www.rootstockfest.org), a nonprofit music festival dedicated to supporting farmers in the Northeast through grants for emergency funds.
Abbie Gardner, the fiery dobro player with an infectious smile toured with Americana darlings Red Molly for eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is having a blast doing gigs with different bands, backing up her friends and stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs! No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie. Her first songbook was published in December 2016 and she’s looking forward to recording a new solo CD in early 2017. www.abbiegardner.com
Daria Grace is a bassist, singer and ukulele player based in NYC for the last 20 plus years. She currently leads the Pre-War Ponies, who specialize in obscure tunes from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Daria has also toured and recorded with avant-rockers God Is My Co-Pilot, pop-noir sextet Melomane, Americana weirdos The Jack Grace Band, and was a founding member of Hawaiian swing quartet The Moonlighters. More recently Daria has been playing and singing with singer/songwriter Sasha Dobson and former B-52 Pat Irwin. www.prewarponies.com