Erin Donovan-Vocals & Fiddle
Helping to revive the love of folk and grass music in the hearts of a new generation. Under The Willow is a string band featuring the lead vocals of Erin Donovan and Hayley Skreens. An original four piece rooted in but not limited to traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Using socially conscious and thought provoking lyrics the band forges imaginatively original arrangements blending the sounds of Folk, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jam Band, Rock, Reggae, Americana, with a twist of soul.
Born in the spring of 2008. Under The Willow was founded as a duo by vocalist and violinist Erin Donovan and her husband and utility player Pat Donovan. In the summer of 2012 utility players and vocalist Hayley Skreens and Joe Lenza joined the band through a shared love of traditional bluegrass music/instruments as well as progressive original acoustic music. With all members in the band it is common to see them switching between Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo. Adopting and applying many different types of playing styles. The string band is complete with all members collaborating during the writing process.
In the Spring of 2013, on the brink of their first tour, they released their debut album "Under The Willow". Available for sale on ITunes, Amazon, CDbaby and can be found on Spotify and Rhapshody. Or stream the entire album for free on our website www.underthewillowmusic.com
"We put our hands, voices, and hearts to work capturing the music in this raw yet polished debut studio album." -UTW
"Under The Willow" highlights the fiercely warm vocals and beautiful harmonies of lead vocalists Erin Donovan and Hayley Skreens. As well as, the thought provoking lyrics and arrangements contributed by all members. While showcasing their unique line up of utility players and love for traditional bluegrass instrumentation. The album includes songs rooted deep in Under The Willow's history such as "Reaching Out" as well as brand new songs written and performed in the past year such as "All You Do" and "Time Speaks". With tracks featuring their good friend and former member Anthony Perry on Keyboard and Bass including but not limited to "Our Nature" and "This Is Why". Overall the debut album represents the groups lifelong commitment to the music they play. They look forward to releasing their next album soon.
After a great winter in Florida capping it off with Gasparilla Music Festival and a show at Skippers Smokehouse. Almost a year after we quit our jobs, sold our stuff, and hit the road. Going from Wisconson to Florida and so many places in between. With new songs in the bank and a year under our belts. We look forward to hitting the road again as we take our quest to the Mid-West this Spring and Summer!!! Tour dates and festival announcements at underthewillowmusic.com
Under The Willow has been involved in festivals including Spring Jam (2013), South By Southwest (2012), Ribfest (2012-2013), Hopjuice Fest (2012), Widow's Peak Festival (2013), Nippersink Music Festival (2013), Whippersnap Music Festival (2013), Shoe Fest (2013), and Gasparilla Music Festival (2013).
Festivals announced for 2014 include Spring Jam, Nippersink Music Festival, Moondance Bluegrass Festival, Takin Time Solstice Music and Arts Fair, Shoe Fest and more coming soon! Find out more at UndertheWillowMusic.com.
Thanks to everyone for your love and support. We wouldn't be doing what we do with out you! So if you enjoy our music we encourage you to share it with your friends and family.
Much Love from all of us Under The Willow