Kittel & Co. inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, folk and jazz sensibilities. The trio includes the amazing award winning fiddler Jeremy Kittel; mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham; and for this festival only, John Doyle: an Irish born musician who is considered to be one of the world’s best acoustic guitarists.
Previously of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, Jeremy Kittel has been a composer-arranger-collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both. For the last few years the Michigan native, now based in Brooklyn, has been diligently building his own repertoire of music for a wholly original new group. Among many awards, he is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a two-time Junior National Scottish Fiddle Champion. His latest CD, Whorls, which was recorded in 2018 with his band Kittel & Co, has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition. www.jeremykittel.com
Named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine, and dubbed “one of the most important young improvisers on the acoustic scene today” by mandolin legend David Grisman, Josh Pinkham has established himself as a consummate performer, composer and recording artist. His love of music has led him to exploring both new music and the classics of every genre. Known for his live performances, every solo is a testament to his scholarship of Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jazz and Classical improvisation. www.joshpinkham.com
Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. He is a founding member of the Irish Band Solas, toured extensively with Liz Carroll (with whom he performed on St. Patrick’s Day at the White House for President Obama) and has also performed with such Irish music greats as Eileen Ivers, Karan Casey, The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle), the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle, and many more. He has gone beyond his Celtic roots to tour with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter and perform on Tim O’Brien’s Grammy Award winning CD Fiddler’s Green. John has been a featured regular for many years in the hugely popular BBC Scotland "Transatlantic Sessions" which is held, among other places, at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow and for the first time in the US in 2017 at Merlefest in North Carolina. There are few artists more respected than John Doyle in the genre or more in demand in the studio, as songwriter, as performer. www.johndoylemusic.com