The young Neo-traditional string band, The Wildmans come from the hills of Floyd, Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountain music tradition. From campsite jamming at festivals and fiddler’s conventions and classical music education comes the foundation for musical exploration that sets this group apart, taking the audience on a musical journey that reflects the growth and passion of these talented young musicians.
Featuring siblings Eli and Aila Wildman, winners of the 2018 Galax Old Fiddler’s 1st in Mandolin and 1st in Old Time Fiddle and Best All Around Performer awards respectively, along with award winning (1st in Galax 2015 &2016) young clawhammer banjo player Victor Furtado, the group will be joined for the 2019 season by bass player and vocalist Sean Newman (Dharma Bombs).
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 The Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival. They also regularly represent young talent along the Crooked Road in regional fiddler’s conventions. Having shared the stage with talents such as The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Steel Wheels, Danny Knicely, Sammy Shelor, Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, Darol Anger and Joe K. Walsh, these young musicians are making their way in the American stringband scene.