Philly’s progressive-bluegrass band returns to Tellus360
July 8, 2014 · 7:00pm
What started as an accidental meeting of musicians around a campfire has become much more. By playing original music in an innovative style that is both experimental and familiar, HogMaw has quickly gained a reputation as something that you have to see first hand.
November of 2013 HogMaw released Ideal Proof, an album of traditional music produced by Dom Flemons of renowned folk crew Carolina Chocolate Drops, who the band connected with when they performed together at The Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York PA. Flemons was impressed enough with HogMaw that he invited them to back him up on several shows on his solo tour.
HogMaw’s resume is getting hard to keep track of as they approach 300 performances. These include major musical events such as multiple apearances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, DelFest in Cumberland MD, Camp Jam in the Pines in Monroeville NJ, and Allentown, PA’s Musikfest, They headlined the 2013 New Jersey Folk Festival and have opened for National acts such as GRAMMY award winners such as The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Marshal Tucker Band, Bluegrass legends like Peter Rowan, The Seldom Scene, and Tony Trischka. HogMaw also appears on the Jam Band scene and has the honor of opening for jamgrass powerhouses Cornmeal, Hackensaw Boys, and Cabinet. They have also had many headlining performances of their own at major hot spots for original music such as The Trocedero, World Cafe Live, Tin Angel, and North Star Bar in their homebase of Philadelphia. The Blairstown Theater, The Strand Capitol Theater in York PA, The Sellersville Theater, The Historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ and various clubs all over the northeast. The band headlined the Bucks Co. Bluegrass Festival at Snipe’s Farm in Morrisville, Pa for the past 5 years and also won the 2009 York Revolution Battle of the Bands where they played for a full stadium of 7000+ people.
HogMaw is multi instumentalists Matt Baldwin and Colin Reeves sharing duties on Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo and Ryann Lynch on fiddle and foot percussion. Joining the band in 2012 is Johnny Calamari on upright bass.