Paper Wings captivates their listeners with a sound that is delicate, powerful, and refreshingly intimate. The stunning vocal blend of Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda soars over a rotating cast of banjo, guitar, and fiddles. These two blossoming songwriters have a distinctive way of weaving traditional Appalachian music in to their thoughtfully crafted songs leaving you feeling nostalgic and exhilarated. They are both exceptionally accomplished multi-instrumentalists, and walk the line between vibrant originality and a deep care for traditional music and its history. They are the 2018 recipients of "A Good Idea" fund from Australian Folk-Pop duo Oh Pep! to sponsor a week dedicated to songwriting. Paper Wings released their self-titled debut album in 2017. Their second album, “Clementine” just came out this May.
Paper Wings is a genuine intertwining of two souls you won't soon forget.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, Wilhelmina Frankzerda, grew up in Summit, OR and is now based in Nashville, TN. She was classically trained on the violin from age 4, and later became drawn to traditional styles of fiddling. In her early teens, she started writing songs and picked up the guitar. She has won the National Twin Fiddle Championship, performed on the Grand Ol’ Opry, and attended the Savannah Music Seminar twice. When she was just 17 years old, she released her first self-produced album of all original songs. She also plays in the band of Joy Williams (formerly of four-time Grammy Award-winning Folk, Country, and Americana duo, The Civil Wars).
Emily Mann is a Big Sur, CA native with her heart in the music of the 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 playing 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, performed with Laurie Lewis, and 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.