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Salamandar Crossing offers a different bluegrass sound (Jul 1997)
Though he probably doesn't know it, John Hartford can take some responsibility for the creation of one of New England's hottest bluegrass bands, Northampton, Mass.'s Salamander Crossing. "Hartford was scheduled to do a workshop at a local music store back in 1991," says Salamander Crossing's guitarist Jeff Kelliher. "He never made it, but that's where (bassist] Andrew Kinsey and our original banjo player, Tim Farnham, met and started picking." Not long afterward, they were joined by Kelliher and fiddler Rani Arbo. Kelliher says, "People got wind that we were doing some picking, and we actually got asked to do some things."... more