Classic vocal harmonies soar over a rotating cast of banjo, guitar, and fiddles. Paper Wings is a new old-fashioned acoustic duo featuring Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. With bases in Berkeley, CA and Nashville, TN, their unique sound embodies the sweetness of an old country duet and the intensity of two highly accomplished instrumentalists. In each of their thoughtfully crafted songs, you can feel their shared love of tradition, old beauty, and the compelling need for new and original sounds. Between the two of them they have had the pleasure of performing with Aoife O'donovan, Sean Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, Mike Marshall, John Reischman, and many more. Their self-titled debut album, "Paper Wings" was released in February 2017. Expect a sound that is fine and supple, rough and ready, innovative and timeless, and thoroughly genuine.
More about Wilhelmina:
Fiddler and songwriter, Wilhelmina Frankzerda is a rising musician in the new acoustic music scene. Originally from Summit, Oregon, she is currently based in Nashville, TN. Her roots are deep in traditional American music as well as, celtic, classical, and pop music. She is the former Oregon State Fiddle Contest Junior Champion and National Twin Fiddle Champion and was selected to study and collaborate at the Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar twice. She recently released her first solo album, FLIGHT, featuring all original music. wilhelminamusic.com
More about Emily:
Emily Mann is a Big Sur, CA native with her heart in the old Appalachian mountains. She grew up immersing herself in a variety of traditional music styles at music camps and is a fluid and well rounded musician as a result. While at home in many genres and traditions, her artistry is strongly influenced by her time spent with oldtime musicians such as Paul Brown, Bruce Molsky, and John Herrmann. She has toured with Darol Anger's Furies and she is also a current touring member of old-time string-band, The Crooked Jades. Emily stands as a musician of deep intention and curiosity, ably conveying tradition into the future.
From a young age Emily and Wilhelmina were both exposed to and inspired by the new and growing edge of acoustic music pioneered by the likes of Darol Anger and Mike Marshall. They take great influence from artists such as Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, The Delmore Brothers, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan. They've grown up going to music camps together and have a long history of musical camaraderie.