Your favorite contemporary non-classical band with violin?
Not a thread about classical vs non-classical or this player is better than this or player doesn't have proper technique yadas. I'm simply looking to expand my playlist and curious what people like.
Hot Club of Cowtown
Fairport Convention; Alison Krauss & Union Station; Didier Lockwood
Nearly anything by Bill Frisell
Old Blind Dogs, Silly Wizard, Relativity.
Taylor Davis, Lindsey Sterling
Sonic Escape, Harpeth Rising
Jerry Goodman solo & w/ Mahavishnu orchestra. Eddie Jobson. Jean-Luc Ponty w/ Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke.
Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra. Chris Lynch can really play.
Annie Moses Band.
Stereotype? I guess not very many violinists are as built as they are.
Without doubt, for me it has to be the 4-piece folk band Spiro - their violinist Jane Harbour (taught by Suzuki in Japan) was my violin teacher for 7 years!
Steep Ravine is my choice. The violinist, Jan Purot, is classically trained with a degree in violin performance. The guitarist/vocal soloist. Simon Linsteadt, is my grandson. They started in Santa Cruz, CA as a bluegrass band, "Maple Street Five," in northern California and have three CDs of their original songs out there now (check out steepravineband.com ). The have just disbanded for the winter - maybe forever. Their jazz is to die for, especially their performance resurrections of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Bands featuring David LaFlamme, such as It's A Beautiful Day, and Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. Perhaps those aren't exactly "contemporary" but LaFlamme is still alive and performing.
Here's another vote for David LaFlamme; I still pull out a couple of
Brittany Haas and her various "groups" especially when Joe E. Walsh is in attendance.
Mark O'Connor Family Band is amazing.
+1 for Solas.
I really like Flogging Molly (coming mostly from my metal/punk background it is really nice to mix my 2 passions)
Search for "Naoko Terai I am here for you" for just one YouTube example of this outstanding jazz violinist performing.
The Imagined Village is a wonderful band, with a violin-heavy sound.
Yellowcard with Sean Mackin, no doubt. No virtuous at all, but the violin riffs fits really nice into the pop-punk genre they're playing. "Always Summer" is kind of a perfect representation of the role he's playing in the band as kind of this "lead violinist" instead of lead guitarist. Watched them live once, top notch atmosphere.
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