The Folkin' Grassholes


Combining blues, classical, and traditional influences, The Folkin' Grassholes bring a fresh dynamic to bluegrass and roots music. This Midwestern quartet brings together a uniquely talented group of musicians.

Classically trained from the early age of 4, John Lardinois (violin) is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic and West Virginia Symphony orchestras.

Brian Spirk (mandolin/vocals) stays busy burning up the fretboard with Sawgrass, The Repeating Arms, Nasty Bingo and others as the go-to mandolin player in Dayton. 

 A talented multi-instrumentalist, Ben Cooper (bass/vocals) is a longtime fixture in the area music scene. He has performed with a number of bands, from Shoefly to Sawgrass.

Wallen and Phelps

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Brian Keith Wallen and Dean Phelps are established performers in their own right, but when they get together, they cook up a soulful mix of blues, bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music. Think Merle Travis meets John Mayer, introduced by Doc Watson. Dean Phelps is a National Thumpbick Guitar Champion.