With vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Anya Hinkle & Tellico explore the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle, originally from the mountains of Virginia, steeped in the tones of bluegrass and seasoned by travels across the world. Tellico includes Julian Pinelli on fiddle, Thomas Cassell on mandolin, and Johnny Calamari on bass.
Tour highlights in 2019 include tours in France and Japan and performances at MerleFest, La Roche Bluegrass Festival (Europe’s largest), Albino Skunk, and the North Carolina Folk Festival. Hinkle won the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition in 2019 and was a finalist in the Hazel Dickens Song Contest. Tellico’s album Woven Waters, produced by Irish guitar legend John Doyle (Transatlantic Sessions, Joan Baez, Tim O’Brien) and out on Organic Records had a #1 single, #1 band and #2 album ranking on the Folk DJ charts in November 2018.
Sprung from the music of southern Appalachia, Julian Pinelli is a free-spirited violinist who spins deep tone with modern ease. Originally from Asheville, NC, he was awarded the 2016 Fresh Grass Fiddle Award and won the 2017 RockyGrass fiddle competition. Julian has toured extensively with cellist Ben Sollee and progressive bluegrass outfit Front Country. He released his first album “Bent Creek” this year. Thomas Cassell is originally from Norton, VA and is a currently teaches at ETSU’s bluegrass and old-time music program in Johnson City, TN. Awarded the winner of 2016 RockyGrass mandolin competition, Thomas has supported such award-winning acts as Bryan Sutton, Billy Strings, and Becky Buller as well fronting his own projects Circus No. 9 and The Thomas Cassell Band, with two albums to his credit–”Mellifluous” and “Voyager.” Johnny Calamari, on bass, hails from Waynesboro, PA has performed and recorded with many artists including, most recently, Peter Rowan, Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Gina Furtado, and currently tours with the fusion jam band Dangermuffin.
Expect an evening of award winning songs and top-notch acoustic tones, rooted in tradition while inventively creating into their own sound.