The Wildmans


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The young Neo-traditional string band, The Wildmans come from the hills of Floyd, Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountain music tradition. From campsite jamming at festivals and fiddler’s conventions and classical music education comes the foundation for musical exploration that sets this group apart, taking the audience on a musical journey that reflects the growth and passion of these talented young musicians.

The band features award winning young players:

  • Eli Wildman, first place winner in mandolin at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention in 2018 and 2019, first place winner at the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention in 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Aila Wildman, first place winner in Old Time Fiddle and Best All Around Performer at the 83rd annual Galax Old Fiddlers convention in 2018
  • Victor Furtado, winner of the 2019 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, and first place Old Time Banjo at Galax 2015, 2016 and 2019
  • Multi Instrumentalist Sean Newman on upright bass and vocals

The group has appeared on stages large and small, performing in festivals such as Red Wing Roots, Chantilly Farm’s Bluegrass and BBQ festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass, Floyd Fest, and The Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival. They also regularly represent young talent along the Crooked Road in regional fiddler’s conventions.  Having shared the stage with talents such as Bela Fleck, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Steel Wheels, Danny Knicely, Sammy Shelor, Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, and more., these young musicians are making their way in the American stringband scene.

Both Eli and Victor are recipients of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Scholarship for their studies at Berklee College of Music. Last year, the band performed as an Emerging Artist, and this year, we are pleased to have them back. If edgy, inspired old time music is something you even THINK you might enjoy, then give this band your eyes and ears for a bit. You might end up on your feet and even on the dance floor.