The Wahoo String Band

The Wahoo String Band with Nathan Bontrager on cello.

Now booking for a UK/European tour for Sept/Oct 2017
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Videos of tunes from Harry's book "Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s." published by the University Press of Mississippi.

Sweet Milk and Peaches/White Hat

Allen Alsop's Billy in the Lowground

Wolves A;Howling

Roll them Simelons

Third Party/Mississippi Shuffle

and a recent bit of fun from Harry:

Turkey in the Raw


Wahoo is:

Harry Bolick on fiddle and vocals. Harry is the author of the book on Mississippi fiddling, one of the best and most prolific tunesmiths working in the genre and a fiery fiddler to boot!

His Biography and Discography


Brian Slattery (banjo, fiddle, and vocals) is a musician who plays in as many styles as he can muster. He has been a member of Wahoo since 2001. In addition, he plays in several bands in the New Haven, CT area, including Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, a five-piece that plays music from all over the world; Mercy Choir, a band that might be described as moody psychedelic rockabilly; and Bivolita, a klezmer quartet.

His website

Nathan Bontrager is a unique and versatile musician with his musical chops rooted firmly in the traditional old time and folk genres. As well as being a world-class cellist, he has performed throughout Europe and the US as an old time fiddler, clawhammer banjo and guitar player. Nathan has collaborated with musicians like Jane Rothfield, Aaron Jonah Lewis and Marc Duff, and regularly plays with the Ol’ Timey Messengers in Paris and the UK/US traditional band, Root & Branch.  Nathan hails from the North-Eastern USA but currently lives in Germany, where he has studied Baroque Cello and Viola da Gamba in Masters programs at the Essen and Koeln conservatories.  In addition to Appalachian and other traditional folk forms, Nathan is quite active in the improvised and new music scenes throughout Europe.