Controlled Folly consists of...
Charlie: Rhythm guitar, bass, lead vocals
Willie: Viola, fiddle, mandolin, backup vocals
Caleb: Melody guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, backup vocals
The three boys usually sing and play their New Grass Music on the instruments listed above in and around Athens, Ohio, but they have been known to play other instruments in other locales. What do they sound like? Imagine the unholy offspring of Franz Schubert and Steve Earle... and Mick Jagger was the milkman.
The band has...
-- dozens of originals,
-- hundreds of covers, and
-- their own PA system, a portable stage, and basic DJ capabilities.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, German, Spanish
The band will gladly...
-- enliven your tavern,
-- play for your wedding,
(Willie and Caleb are trained classical violinists!)
-- help you throw parties, or
-- fill your barn with dancing tunes...
... they might even be seen busking on the street!
The setup includes 3 musicians who somehow manage to produce an incredibly full sound even without bass and drums. They can play acoustic or amplified as needed and can tailor the music to fit your needs. Between sets, we can DJ for longer events. What kind of music do you want to hear tonight?
The band's resume includes such grand musical accomplishments as...
-- playing with the Ohio University Marching 110,
-- performing with a multi-Grammy-award-winning orchestra,
-- being from Kentucky,
-- and much more.
Additional Booking Notes
We have a portable stage that we can bring for outdoor events. We also have a PA and we can do some small-scale lighting as well as basic DJing between sets for longer events like weddings.
We are an incredibly versatile group. Our true style is a "newgrass" fusion of a bunch of different genres. But we can do...
-- Punk rock
-- Classic rock
-- Classic bluegrass
-- Classical violins/viola
|Charlie||Rhythm guitar, bass, lead vocals|
|Willie||Viola, fiddle, mandolin, backup vocals|
|Caleb||Melody guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, backup vocals, kazoo, harmonica|
Influences & Inspiration
Recipe for Controlled Folly:
Bach on the bottom and Mozart on top
A bit of the old from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs
And a bit of the new from Sam Bush and Bela Fleck
Rock like the Rolling Stones and roll like the rockin' Ramones
Never forget Maiden and Rhoads
Pink Floyd and the Blues Traveler and the Beatles too
Add some Femmes and a bit of Currington's croon
Go over the rainbow and puff like a magic dragon
Like Quixote, keep dreaming on
Talk like the Heads and jam like the Dead
Add a little Pachelbel, plus foot stomps and howls
(a bit of bourbon to wash it all down)
And three hillbillies banging on strings...
I don't even think they're a band at all!
We have a stage, a PA, microphones, and basically everything else we would need besides electricity and a spot to set up!
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