The Stringtown Ambassadors are a rotating collective of passionate and unabashed modern-day minstrels hosted by Northern California fiddler, singer and songwriter Rosalind Parducci. The Stringtown Ambassadors' new-folk collaborations delightfully weave tunes old and new into a compelling performance carried by insightful songwriting, lush harmony singing, and fearless picking. Heartfelt, authentic renditions of familiar reels, time-tested tunes, and original pieces that bend the ear and invite the imagination - Parducci's songs are whimsical and fresh, odes to the artist's journey. Stringtown is a grooving rhythmic soundscape, and its eclectic music bends the ear and invites the imagination. Artists who have performed with Stringtown include Erin Inglish, five-string banjo chanteuse out of California, and founding member Arlo Blaisus, Vice Chancellor of the Mandolin. Together, the Stringtown Ambassadors are stewards of a transforming musical tradition - they are true ambassadors of American folk music.
Meet the Stringtown Ambassadors
Rosalind Parducci is a radiant musical presence of spirited fiddling and sparkling personality. The breadth of Parducci's multi-genre musical experience inspires an eclectic, edgy fusion in her playing. An improviser, a poet, a captivator - Parducci is a magnanimous presence both on and off the stage. A progeny of the local indie music scene in her hometown of Grass Valley, California, Parducci began her questing in the aural tradition (by musical osmosis) at Celtic sessions, and through improvisation with the Sierra Jazz Society. She has since become a lionhearted ambassador of many forms of traditional Americana and European music, and has also branched out extensively, experimenting with electric violin and her own acoustic playing styles. Her voice is pure and unembellished, softly tinted by the hues of jazz, pop and blues. From June 1, 2014 through the summer of 2015, Parducci toured with Blaisus across 30 US states and together they went over 30,000 miles fueled on music and the kindness of people who reside all across this country.
Erin Inglish is a tour-de-force banjo chanteuse, a thoughtful wanderer steeped in the thick of California’s music scene. Inglish’s performances proffer passionate lyricism, toe-tapping grooves, and striking reflections about the state of the modern world. Her voice is both lush and raw, and her picking style on the five-string banjo is uniquely her own…expressive, sassy, dynamic. Erin has spent several years living abroad (in India, Madagascar, Bulgaria and Serbia) – and her songwriting reflects her elation for life, creative and exploratory nature, and passion for creating positive change through community and art. In 2013, Inglish released her first solo album titled, A Melody So Sweet, and then toured – by bicycle – the entire coast of California to celebrate Earth Month as part of what would become her annual Earth*Bike*Banjo tour. Anticipating the release of a new album in early 2016, Muse, Inglish is collaborating with Parducci for the recording project and a tour. Inglish is the organizer of the annual Banjo Babes Calendar & Album. When not out on tour, Inglish is at home in the countryside in California where she writes music, teaches banjo, and is a potter and graphic artist. "Her melodic optimism is a lighthouse calling the rest of us to pay attention to our highest pursuits." - Fan, North Carolina.
Arlo Blaisus, also known as the Vice Chancellor of the Mandolin, plays a distinctive mandolin style that is animated, percussive, tenaciously melodic, and appropriately rugged. He is a scholar of creativity and an instigator of new sounds. Blaisus's passion for his instrument and pursuit of innovation in the new-folk genre resonates throughout his work. Initially inspired by the rhythmic drive of Irish and Old-Time music, Blaisus has been drawn to folk music since he was knee-high to a cricket. A fan of the jam band scene, String Cheese Incident and the Grateful Dead were among the early influences that got mixed into the vast array of his musical loves. He became a student of traditional music at 15, and continued to fill the halls and the river valley with his mandolin musings while obtaining a History and Political Science degree at Warren Wilson College in Asheville NC. Blaisus and Parducci have recorded and produced two albums, Bilateral A-chord and From the Road, the latter of which was released in April 2015. As a songwriter, Blaisus's touch is honest and inquisitive, with a vision that is clear as the Arkansas Buffalo river. He was raised on a homestead in the Ozark Mountains with his parents and two brothers.