Allison DeGroot and Tatiana Hargreaves play their old time tunes on Nine Volt Heart

Allison DeGroot and Tatiana Hargreaves will release their new self-titled album at Northampton’s Parlor Room on 5/5. In advance of that show, I had the chance to talk to them about their careers and their latest songs and tunes.

Allison DeGroot plays clawhammer banjo on these recordings while Tatiana fiddles. Folks might recognize Allison for her work with the Canadian quartet, Oh Darling or perhaps her appearances with The Good Bye Girls; a collaboration with Molly Tuttle, Brittany Karlson and Lena Johnson. Her latest visit to the area was with Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters.

Tatiana may be familiar to our listeners from her time at Hampshire College or as part of Western Massachusetts Ephemeral Stringband. She has played with Gillian Welch as well as Laurie Lewis in her tribute to Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. Tatiana also has a new project called “Hard Drive”.

Our conversation covers their musical educations, their myriad projects and their teaching at camps. Tatiana is on UNC’s Music faculty this year teaching bluegrass fiddle. They are both teaching at summer workshops all over the country.

Our soundtrack includes Tatiana’s “Say Darling Say” from her first CD release, The new duo album songs spotlighted were “Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Farewell Whiskey”, “Dry” and “Beaufort County Jail”. Additional songs include Tatiana’s work with Laurie Lewis’s “Walking in my Sleep”, Hazel and Alice’s “Sing Me Back Home”, Molsky’s Mountian Drifter’s “Grandad’s Favorite/Flatwoods” and the Goodbye Girls live recording of “I’ve Always Been a Rambler”.

Check out their Parlor Room show on Sunday May 5th.

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