Advance tickets: $12/Door: $15
The Prism Coffeehouse and WTJU 91.1 FM present the Wildmans, an acoustic string band from the hills of Floyd, Virginia, who are steeped in Appalachian mountain music traditions. Fifteen-year-old Aila Wildman won both the old time fiddle competition and best overall performer at the 2018 internationally renowned Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, while her brother Eli won first place in the mandolin competition. Bandmate Victor Furtado most recently won both the youth and overall banjo competition at the 2015 Appalachian String Band Festival, which draws competitors from every state and numerous other countries. The band is backed up by mom Deb Wildman on bass.
Playing old time, bluegrass, blues, and jazz, the band combines highly skilled instrumentals with soulful vocals to create a fresh new sound—old tunes fueled by young spirit. Their concerts combine fiddle tunes, ballads, and folk songs of the Appalachian tradition with twentieth-century classics, as well as delightfully original instrumental compositions by band members Eli and Victor.
Teenagers Aila and Eli recently completed a year in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program with fiddling legend Nate Leath, while the Prism is proud to have previously presented Victor in his very first solo concert at age sixteen.
The group has appeared on stages large and small, performing in festivals such as Red Wing Roots, Chantilly Farm’s Bluegrass and BBQ festival, RoosterWalk, Floyd Fest, and Floyd Yoga Jam. They also regularly represent young talent along the Crooked Road in regional fiddler’s conventions, and the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax invited the group to open for the Steep Canyon Rangers in July 2017. Having shared the stage with talents such as Danny Knicely, Sammy Shelor, Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, Darol Anger, and Joe K. Walsh, these young musicians are definitely making their mark on the American stringband scene.