Patrick McAvinue: fiddle, mandolin, lead vocals (2)
Brad Kolodner: banjo, lead vocal (5, 10)
Alex Lacquement: bass, lead vocals (8)
Sean McComiskey: button accordion
Baltimore-based acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction weaves together a tapestry of tones spawned in the rolling hills of Ireland through the hollers of Appalachia. Their sophomore release, Duckpin, showcases the band's growth since their acclaimed debut album in 2015. They play with an intensity and sensitivity only close friends can have. Since forming in the winter of 2014, the band has rocketed to prominence through their engaging live performances and innovative approach.
Patrick McAvinue, 2017 IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, takes charge with his virtuosic, powerful and musical approach to the fiddle. Clawhammer banjo wizard Brad Kolodner adds his playful, driving, melodic and groovy Old-Time touch. Sean McComiskey, one of the premier Irish button accordion player in the US, soars through the tunes and fills the gaps with his soulful playing. The versatile bassist Alex Lacquement drives the train, locking everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices.
Charm City Junction embodies the essence of what acoustic roots music is all about, a shared and burning passion for blazing new trails while respecting the tradition. They are torchbearers with a clear message that the future of acoustic music is in good hands.
"Carrying on the torch of interesting, rootsy music." - SiriusXM
"Baltimore-based roots group Charm City Junction puts a new spin on old-timey music, carrying the torch of fast-picking bluegrass and toe-tapping Celtic music. Featuring fiddle, clawhammer banjo, the button accordion and upright bass, this quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places — but always with an eye on tradition." - The Washington Post