Up and coming New-Folk duo the Stringtown Ambassadors take traditional music from America and the British Isles, polish it with a contemporary twist, then salt the outcome with a dose of road tested grit. Rosalind Parducci and Arlo Blaisus open the door to a landscape of luminescent fiddle riffs, driving mandolin rhythms, crisp vocal harmonies, and insightful songwriting. With a repertoire as broad as the lands they have traveled across, the Stringtown Ambassadors offer a passionate and unabashed expression of the modern-day minstrel.
Arlo Blaisus was born and raised in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, on a homestead with his Minnesotan parents and two brothers. Arlo's unique determination and focus were already well-honed by the time his journey with the mandolin began at the age of 15. Through the instrument, he quickly learned to channel his creative forces into the driving rhythms of Irish and Old Time music. A fan of the jam band scene since he was knee-high to a cricket, String Cheese Incident and the Grateful Dead were among the early influences that got mixed into the vast array of Arlo's musical loves. By the time he reached college, he was tearing through fiddle tunes and shredding the strings in the school halls and lawns. He graduated Warren Wilson College with a degree in History and Political Science, but when asked what he loved to do the most, it was always playing music. The imagination that Arlo weaves into his rhythmic expression is unparalleled, and he approaches songwriting with a rugged joy and focus that never fails to come through in his live performance. Keep your eyes on this one: Arlo is a rare gem in the music world, a catalyst for the New-Folk genre, and one who will certainly continue to churn the waters of the modern music pool.
A product of the Northern California music scene, Rosalind Parducci was raised on the shoulders of giants. She grew up listening to genres ranging from classical to pop music, and partaking in the local indie music scene in her hometown of Grass Valley. In her teens she picked up the fiddle, sitting in on Celtic sessions where she learned tunes in the aural tradition (by musical osmosis). When she was sixteen, she gave up her studies in classical viola, and jumped into the jam band world, where she experimented with an effects pedal on electric violin. The breadth of Rosalind's musical experience lends an eclectic edge to her art, and her current projects involve co-writing songs with Arlo, enlisting her multi-genre influences and love of poetry to create inspired and current original works. Her sparkling personality is apparent on and offstage, and her musicality has a transformational power, filling spaces with the luminescent tones of her voice and her fiddle.
The Stringtown Ambassadors are employed under the full-time position as touring minstrels. Their performances in over 20 US states have been greeted with enthusiasm: every show is made unique by their improvisation and engaging presence, both on and off the stage.