Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival

Photo by Amos Perrine for No Depression.

The Clifftop Appalachian String-Band Festival is a week-long gathering for musicians and friends that features concerts, contests, flatfoot dancing, campfires and workshops. Rumput entered the Neo-Traditional competition and made it to the finals!

We also made some great new friends.  Watch for future collaborations, shows, and crankies with this year’s neo-traditional winners The Early Mays.

See the write-up at No Depression.

Shadow Ballads

In April 2016 we toured with Shadow Ballads — a collaborative music and shadow theater performance involving Balinese master puppeteer Gusti Sudarta, master Javanese kroncong musicians Peni Candrarini and Danis Sugiyanto, and old-time Appalachian balladeers Anna & Elizabeth. This production incorporated new arrangements of traditional Indonesian and Appalachian music as well as a newly produced crankie based on The Ramayana.  We performed at The University of Richmond, Cornell, Wake Forest, Bucknell, the Indonesian Consulate in NYC and the Indonesian Embassy in DC.

Photos, bios & tour/production blog

First gig: The Indonesian Embassy!

Our first gig was before a discerning audience — staff and guests of the Indonesian Embassy at the Ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C.

Indonesian Amabassador's residence, Spring 2015.
Indonesian Amabassador’s residence, Spring 2015. Photo by Nyoman Saptanyana. L-R: Paul Fleisher (bass), Andy McGraw (cello), Jesse Wells (violin), Jessica Zike (voice), Brian Larson (hammered dulcimer), Kyle Dosier (cuk), Hannah Standiford (voice, guitar), John Priestley (cak).

News article with many high-quality photos featuring Gamelan Raga Kusuma and various performers from the Indonesian community: Banjar Bali USA celebrates Dharma Shanti at Indonesian Embassy Residence 

Hannah on stage in Indonesia

Rumput bandleader Hannah Standiford’s student residency in Indonesia culminated in an Indo-Appalachian performance in the Bukan Musik Biasa concert series, complete with cranky wayang. Hannah sang and played with Orkes Kroncong Iblis, along with additional Western students on fiddle and banjo.