Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, the trio can frequently be found performing in the Boston area and surrounding cities in the Northeast, playing alongside bands like Drive-By Truckers, The Balllroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, The Novel Ideas and others.
In 2016 the group played Lollapalooza as well as CMJ in New York City. They’ve been nominated for Boston Music Awards in the categories Best Americana and Best Folk Artist, and also for Americana/Roots Act Of The Year and Album Of The Year for Red Line Roots’ 2016 Big Reds. In 23015, Honeysuckle performed at Newport Folk Festival and was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist. As a recipient of Club Passim’s Iguana Music Grant, Honeysuckle released a full-length album on March 24 of 2016 to a sold out crowd at Club Passim. They followed it up with another, highly-regarded LP in October of 2017.
“So many contemporary bluegrass and folk outfits that get big have a cloying sweetness to them, or a cynical predisposition towards a radio-friendly pop sensibility. Not so with Honeysuckle. Their sound is unpretentious and unabashed, as if each song is meant for one set of ears only. They don’t shy away from moments that are as technical as they are mesmerizing, and here their musicianship really shines through. Trampled By Turtles is about to be stomped by a flower y’all.”- NPR All Songs Considered
“When creating a record we can strive for many things, but at the core authenticity is something that should remain an ultimate goal as an artist. The Berklee born trio Honeysuckle has done just that and then some. They have stayed true to the music that you will encounter from them in a live setting and the history that infuses its way into their music. Focused on songwriting, expertly crafted instrumental arrangements, and vocals that will leave you weak and shivering from their overwhelming power, all while building on the core elements that makes their music so fantastic and gorgeous.”- Brian Carroll of Red Line Roots
THE VINE BROTHERS Here’s what City Newspaper’s Frank DeBlase said about them…”Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Vine Brothers use bluegrass as a root to loftier things. The instrumentation—mandolin, guitar, upright bass—is certainly a rootsy strain of wood and wire along with an old time approach to the music. But there is also the pervading lilt of Gypsy jazz along with soulful lyrics that skirt the twilight between happy and sad, light and dark. It’s bluesy, too, offering a way to draw the listener in with its familiarity and crowning then with its uniquely unmatched and unparalleled twist and twirls.