Skyflight Productions

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Missy Raines and The New Hip on Saturday February 24, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Based out of Nashville, TN, Missy Raines is considered to be one of the most respected, popular, and trailblazing figures in bluegrass today. A seven-time winner of the IBMA Bass player of the year award, she has backed greats such as Claire Lynch, Mac Weisman, Kenny Baker, and Peter Rowan. Raines now leads her own innovative and genre-bending band, The New Hip, which is a rich, jazz-tinged combination of her bluegrass roots and thick Americana. With a smoky and seductive alto, Missy Raines, heads up this quartet featuring mandolin, guitars, bass, and percussion. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted center stage, directing with her bass every bit as much as she's playing it. Missy Raines and the New Hip are currently working on their 3rd album for Compass Records, slated to be released in late 2017, produced by Allison Brown, where the sounds are lush, the groove is thick, and the songs memorable.
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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Brother Brothers on Thursday March 22, 2018 at The Albert S George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Identical twins Adam and David Moss are a musical duo unlike most others. Often leaning towards the darker elements of Appalachian, klezmer, and bluegrass traditions, The Brother Brothers sound is striking and captivating. Their music is laden with close sibling harmonies, compelling songwriting, and imaginative arrangements, featuring David on cello and guitar and Adam on the 5-string fiddle. Both with individual storied
careers in the americana music scene, the Moss brothers have finally teamed up to bring their experiences together.

Since forming in 2016, they have toured extensively with Sarah Jarosz and Lake Street Dive, as well as supported Big Thief, Eileen Ivers, The Felice Brothers and more. They have taped sessions for Daytrotter, Audiotree, and Music City Roots, and have performed at The Kennedy Center, Folk Alliance, and a fast-growing list of national and international festivals.

"The Brother Brothers is the closest thing you can find to Simon & Garfunkel in this century, yet with a primitive country sound. Incredible singing, some of the sweetest fiddle playing and cello accompaniment Ive heard, and songs that are amazing in both their simplicity, and their ability to put rhyme and reason to complex human emotions.
-Saving Country Music

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Halo Circus featuring Allison Iraheta on Monday April 2, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Halo Circus is a critically-acclaimed trailblazing alternative duo, featuring its star singer Allison Iraheta. Crafting anthems for introverts, Iraheta digs deep into dark places and transforms this anguish into lush, unforgettable melodies.

Halo Circus quickly earned a reputation for their impressive live performances, which led to a series of high profile bookings, including: The Grammys "Women Who Rock  Festival At Sea" with Heart, Emmylou Harris, and other iconic female singers; a four week Friday night residency at the prestigious Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles; and "Say It Loud! A Night of Cultural Disruption" at the legendary Troubadour. Iraheta also performed on The Tonight Show, making history as the only guest vocalist to sing with the shows band for an entire week.

On February 8, 2016, Halo Circus shocked the music industry by announcing, via Billboard, the first fully crowdsourced American tour ever to be attempted on such a large scale. Through Road Nation, the campaign reached 100% backing by fans, making music history with the first successful US crowdfunded tour to date, with 30 cities which they completed Nov 11 at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles to a packed house and rave reviews.

The release of Halo Circus highly anticipated debut album, Bunny, produced by Matthew Hager and mixed by multiple Grammy Award-winner Craig Bauer (Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins) was heralded by fans and critics alike making multiple "Best of 2016" lists and continues to gain in popularity. Popdust declared their song "Band-Aid" the best song of 2016. Iraheta explains, our aim was high: play as much as possible, and try to develop a reputation as a great live band before releasing an album. Somehow along the way we learned how to play these songs to an audience and the band actually started to take on a life of its own.

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Kiernan McMullan on Thursday April 19, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. After driving almost every US highway, and playing over 2,000 shows worldwide, Kiernan has unusual stories to tell. Over the past 11 years, he has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, Mat Kearney, Dave Mason, John Butler Trio, and many more. The songwriter averages 200 shows per year, and has performed at sold out shows across the country, but not without notice. He's captured a worldwide grassroots following, 3 critically acclaimed SXSW appearances, and was most recently named one of Alternative Press Magazine's “12 Bands You Need To Know”for 2016. He is now writing, releasing, and touring his strongest material yet. So why haven’t you heard of him?

Kiernan wanted to infuse raw honesty into popular music, but didn't see where he fit in. “Do I seem like an underdog? I’ve always considered myself an outsider in the music industry,” he says. “I avoided chasing the industry for years. I chased late nights in venues & studios. I used to think you could change the music industry without participating in it. But the irony is, being influential means being involved.”

Kiernan was born in Hong Kong, to an Irish father and Australian mother. Their travel habits caused him to live on three continents before the age of 18. “We moved around a lot,” said Kiernan. “My parents met on a plane, which set the precedent that travel would fuel each chapter of my life.” Traveling became home to Kiernan. He played every corner of Ireland, appearing at festivals, theaters, bars, and coffee shops. Upon graduating, he moved to Dublin to get a degree in live sound and lighting. When he wasn't touring Ireland, those skills enabled him to still work in live music. Kiernan signed with 111 Records (Warner), prompting him to make the move to the US. The label scheduled US tours, following his 2008 debut release, but Kiernan refused to wait in Ireland. He booked a three-month tour on his own and packed for America. Upon landing, he hitchhiked and took buses for months in an effort to build his American fanbase.

“It was one of the scariest and most incredible times of my life,” Kiernan said of the experience. After hitchhiking, he upgraded to a van and was invited to join bigger tours. For Kiernan, America presented itself as sold-out shows and an adventure.. One where he would play venues he could only dream about in Ireland.

From 2009 to 2011, McMullan lived on the road. Living out of a suitcase, he wrote about his travel and touring experiences. Between 2010 and 2012, he released both The Best Part EP and Two Years. Fans began to recognize his traveler ethos, and critics started taking notice. “Touring became a strange dichotomy for me. One day we were playing for 8 people at a dive bar, and the next we’d be playing for 5,000 people,” said Kiernan. “There was no guarantee how well the show would go, even when I opened for established artists." Every night was different, and Kiernan embraced that.

While small shows let him meet each individual fan, playing for thousands of people showed him how far the music could go.

Kiernan wrote and recorded his 2013 EP Company faster than anything he ever completed. In one day, he collaborated with friend and label co-founder, Logan Buerlein, to record in East Nashville.

He immediately moved to finish his next full-length album. Common Sense started in Ireland during the sessions for Two Years, but it took traveling to solidify the record's direction. “We started working on this album three years before its release,” said Kiernan. This was the fourth record he and his long-time friend and producer, Owen Lewis, would finish together. Released in 2014, the record put Kiernan back on the road until 2016. His next full-length album is currently in production.

He's growing up, and it’s showing in the new material. This next record will be full of stories that map the transitions we go through as we grow. They show a sincere wisdom, fortified by ten years of relentless touring and recording. Kiernan's new music is proof - he's developed, and his music has also.

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Freddy & Francine on Thursday April 26, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Freddy & Francine is an Americana-Soul duo comprised of Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris. With voices reminiscent of Aretha Franklin & Van Morrison, their songs blend Soul, R&B, Folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless appeal to all ages. Based in Los Angeles, Ferris and Caruso met in the 40th Anniversary of a musical production of HAiR in LA in 2007. As individuals, Caruso developed a comedy television show with ABC and Ferris racked up 500 performances as Carl Perkins in the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. ​ Freddy & Francine have released 2 EPs & 3 full length records since 2008. Their latest, “Gung Ho” was produced by renowned producer Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell) and featured members of Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, and Andrew Bird’s touring bands.



“Ferris and Caruso have found their respective vocal soulmates, the kind of perfect harmonies that send a gripping shiver down the backbone of the listener” says The Deli Magazine.



No Depression says, “Freddy & Francine currently top my list. There is definitely a palpable chemistry between these musicians, with their vocals blending like milk and honey.”



National audiences continue to be drawn to the duo as they “bring it all out on stage from a lullaby so sweet you’d swear a choir of angels were harmonizing just for you; to gut-busting, foot stomping tunes befitting a New Orleans gospel choir.“ - Flagstaff AZ Daily Sun

Freddy & Francine most recently performed at The 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as well as Rocky Mountain Folks Fest as main stage performers. They are recording a new EP in Nashville with producer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Roseanne Cash, Lake Street Dive) and plan to release it in 2018.

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Barefoot Movement on Thursday May 10, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you're seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities for this act are endless. The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy, and in September of 2014, they received a Momentum Award, naming them "Band of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Their show is as fun to watch as it is to hear. The smiles on the faces of the band are obvious displays of the joy and excitement they feel when performing and the audience shares in the fun. With effortlessly executed transitions, the pacing between the softer and more vigorous numbers constantly has fans on the edge of their seats.

The "movement" can be traced back to the teen years of singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall, of Oxford, NC. Just as she had begun penning her first compositions, she met mandolinist Tommy Norris their senior year of high school. Convinced of their musical chemistry and driven by mutual ambition, they continued to build the band from the ground up throughout their college careers. While Tommy studied classical music and recording engineering at Western Carolina University, Noah chose East Tennessee State, particularly for their Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Program. Here she began to shape her musical identity, under the tutelage of ETSU's renown staff, and found an instrumental home in old time fiddling. With the addition of versatile guitarist and singer Alex Conerly of Hattiesburg, MS in 2013, and most recently, Katie Blomarz of Frankfort, IL on the upright bass, the lineup was complete with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.

It has now been seven years since The Barefoot Movement took off their shoes and took to the stage. Hard work and talent have taken them from east coast to west, from north to south, and even across the Atlantic Ocean. They have appeared in Country Weekly Magazine, RollingStone.com, CMT Edge, Music City Roots, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Their original music was featured on the Outdoor Channel's program "Huntin' the World: Southern Style" and their music video for their popular song "Second Time Around" has been seen nationally on the Zuus Country Network. They have been selected as showcase artists at both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival conferences and were first runners up at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival's New Band Competition.

With crowds teeming with enthusiasm at every performance, and new fans joining the fold across the nation, word is surely spreading and the message is clear: barefoot is better. Won't you join the movement?

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Wildwoods on Saturday June 23, 2018 at The Grange Hall in Barnesville, OH. Nebraska natives, The Wildwoods, bring a pioneering sound to Americana Roots Music. Their heartwarming lyrics and vocals are wrapped in a style of music that is like no other. With influences from old time country masters and today’s Indie/Folk sound, The Wildwood’s nostalgic melodies captivate people of all ages.
Landon Kuhlmann from Paste Magazine & Daytrotter wrote “The Wildwoods know exactly what kind of music they want to make. It’s not often we hear a sound this focused…The voices are very different in timbre and delivery, yet mix with each other perfectly…Bring a friend or go alone; either way you’ll find yourself reminiscing on the good times and finding peace with the bad ones.”

Andrew Stellman managing editor from Hear Nebraska wrote “There are perhaps few Nebraska acts that represent a merger of past and present quite like The Wildwoods, and if it’s taken you this long to notice, take the opening track of its new album Sweet Nostalgia. The young songwriting tandem of Chloe Pinkman and Noah Gose harmonize like something out of the Depression Era, fitted with a certain weight yet warmly and triumphantly capable of lifting hearts regardless.”

Nominated in 2016 & 2017 by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards as one of the best Americana/Folk bands in the area, The Wildwoods also prove to be talented songwriters. In 2016, The Wildwood’s song, “Dance With Me”, made the semi-finals in the International Songwriting competition. Two of their songs also placed in the top 10 of the 2015 Omaha Performing Arts Songwriting Competition.

In April 2017 The Wildwoods completed their third album “Sweet Nostalgia” which has been nominated as local Album of the Year by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards. This is what Live on Hear Nebraska FM had to say about it: “Sweet Nostalgia” is the third release for this young five-piece folk act is alone admirable, were it not for the effortless charm and youthful whimsy they bring to classic Americana. The arm-in-arm camaraderie of “Loose Threads” bops and sways like a Randy Newman tune. “My Friend” swells with countryside imagery and ornate instrumentation, aided by the production prowess of ARC’s Ben Brodin. “Bedford Street” is a good old-fashioned hoe-down. And no matter how tearful or worrisome things seem, the turn is always hopeful: trust is endless, love is everlasting, the strings are always in tune and the sun is always shining. Sweet Nostalgia, indeed.”

Residing in Lincoln, Nebraska, The Wildwoods’ Noah Gose (vocals,guitar, harmonica, piano), Chloe Pinkman (vocals, violin, mandolin), and Noah Pinkman ( vocals, guitar, mandolin, uke) were drawn to music at an early age. In 2016 they added talented members, Matthew Sievert (percussion) and Andrew Vaggalis (Bass, vocals), to complete the band’s “nostalgic” sound. The Wildwoods strive to make music that touches the soul, music that speaks of truth, and music that shares inspiring stories of effortless love, that will be sure to melt your heart after every performance.

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Way Down Wanderers on Thursday July 12, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 3 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, "restSTOMPS" - free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band's debut, self-titled album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is now available wherever music is sold.

International Song Writing Competition finalist,"Dead Birds," is available on Spotify, iTunes and wherever digital music is sold.

Front-men and founders, Austin and Collin, met in their hometown of Peoria, IL when they joined the same folk band and embarked on their first tour at the ages of 14 and 18 years old. The two became fast friends and soon began writing music together, ultimately forming The Way Down Wanderers when Collin was 16 and Austin, 20 years old.

Austin Thompson - guitar, lead and harmony vocals as well as percussion in the studio. Austin studied music at the collegiate level where he grew as a musician. Austin finds much inspiration for his lyrics in the beauty of nature and his love for hiking. He adds his unique musical influences of rock, folk and the spoken word to the music he writes and performs.

Collin Krause - Collin plays mandolin, fiddle and sings lead and harmony vocals for the band. Collin became involved in music when he began taking classical violin at the age of 3. Growing up around traditional roots and bluegrass music had a big influence on him. Collin enjoys writing, co-writing and arranging music for the band.

John Merikoski- Drums, Percussion. John has been playing drums since age nine and is featured on dozens of recordings, ranging from Jazz and Metal to Hip-hop and Bluegrass. In 2012 he was awarded a full ride scholarship to study Jazz performance for drum set at the University of Illinois where he has taken a break to pursue The Way Down Wanderers, full-time.

John Williams - Upright bass and vocals. John is a former classical upright bass performance major who also enjoys singing, song-writing and entertaining a crowd

Travis Kowalsky - Banjo and fiddle. Travis got his start in music at a very young age in his family band. He is entirely self-taught and can play pretty much any instrument he picks up. The Wanderers were lucky enough to meet Travis at his home town festival in Alpena Michigan and he has been touring with them ever since.


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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Andrea von Kampen on Monday July 16, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH.

"We were completely blown away." -NPR All Songs Considered

With over 3 million Spotify streams and counting, Nebraska-based songwriter Andrea von Kampen has quickly established herself in the recording studio and on the road. Her deft guitar work and intuitive song construction display striking maturity, and her effortless vocal delivery has been praised by Hear Nebraska as "soulful and worn-in."

Andrea has shared the stage with Tall Heights, Esme Patterson, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dead Man Winter, John Moreland, Dead Horses, Gaelyn Lea, and more. She was featured as a finalist in NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, and won Eddie's Attic Open Mic Night in Decatur, GA. Her recent midwest tour included a live session at Audiotree in Chicago. The resulting recording is now available wherever music is sold and streamed, alongside Andrea's studio EPs "Desdemona" and "Another Day."

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Abbie Gardner on Wednesday November 7, 2018 at The Albert S George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own!

"Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie."

— Richard Cuccaro, Publisher, Acoustic Live

Her background is as varied as the songs she writes. Abbie has listened to the sweet sound of high lonesome harmonies since her first bluegrass festival at the age of three. Her father, Herb Gardner, is a swing jazz and stride pianist and dixieland trombonist. Watching him laugh as he went off to "work" every day was her first introduction to the joy of being a musician. Abbie's first full-length recording, My Craziest Dream (2004) is an album of jazz standards featuring her father on piano. It earned her an entry in the 2009 Hal Leonard book "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide." Abbie studied classical flute growing up, but once she started playing Dobro in 2004 she found her main instrument. She traveled to Lyons, CO and Nashville, TN to study with Rob Ickes and Sally Van Meter. Always keen on following the vocal part and trying to find the one really perfect note, instead of a dozen okay ones, Abbie is quickly compiling an extensive discography of recording credits. Her own CDs include Honey on My Grave (2006), Bad Nights/Better Days (2008, with Anthony da Costa), and Hope (2011), which features three different kinds of slide guitar (dobro, lap steel and National bottleneck). Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, with such accolades as; 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2nd place), 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for "The Mind of a Soldier" and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for "I'd Rather Be." "The Mind of a Soldier" was also featured on Lufthansa Airlines in 2010. Abbie has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville's Resonator Conference, for the past several years. She wrote and released a song per week for a year as part of the 2013 Real Women Real Songs project and continues to attend Jack Hardy’s Monday night Songwriter’s Exchange in NYC to hone her writing skills. She has been having a blast doing gigs with different bands, backing up her friends and stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs. Abbie has a brand new solo CD ready to release in 2018 and is excited to tour as a solo act in support of that CD.

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Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons on Saturday December 1, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Armed with electric guitars, swooning vocals, and songs that split the difference between rock & roll and dreamy psychedelia, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons pack the biggest punch of their career with Homemade Vision.

Like the band’s debut, Hey Kid — an album whose kickoff track, “Athens,” earned Perley an International Songwriting Award in 2014 — Homemade Vision was recorded in the Howlin’ Moons’ hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Many of the songs were dreamt up somewhere along the highways and backroads that crisscross America, though, coaxed into life by a group of roots-rock road warriors who regularly play more than 100 shows a year. As a result, Homemade Vision is the sort of wide-ranging record that creates its own geography, building an imaginary place where the influences of David Gilmour, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, and Nebula all intersect.

It’s also the work of a genuine band. Chris Connor’s guitar playing — a flurry of fuzz, crunch, twang and bang — occupies just as large a role as Perley’s voice, while Billy Zehnal’s bass — coupled with cymbal crashes and snare hits from an arsenal of heavy-hitting drummers — glues the mix together. Inspired by love, heartbreak, and everything in between, Homemade Vision is a battle cry from a band that’s spent years fighting the good fight, carving out their own brand of atmospheric, aggressive Americana along the way.

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