About the Band

With years of playing and coordinating music for weddings and other events, Honeysuckle Hoedown brings together four of Boston’s most talented and energetic musicians and strives to make your special day memorable and fun!


Laura Smith
fiddle

The recipient of numerous awards, Laura has placed in the top five of her
division at the National Fiddle Championships and has taken firsts at the
Western Open Championships, the California State Championships, the Nevada
State Championships, and many regional contests. Laura has performed alongside a range of fiddle luminaries such as Darol Anger, Matt Glazer, Bruce Molsky, and the great Swedish band Väsen. She plays with the Dead Horse String band, Ruby Mountain String Band, Kali Yuga Hoedown, and West Road Contra Band. She’s been a contra band leader and organizer for eight years and has played the San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Sonoma dances, among others. She runs a fiddle contest every August at the Redwood Empire Fair in Ukiah and has judged the Western Open and California State contests among others. She now studies on scholarship at Berklee College of Music.


Ethan Robbins
guitar – vocals

Ethan began studying classical violin at the age of four, and since then, has added bluegrass guitar and mandolin to his repertoire. Now the Guitarist/Vocalist in Honeysuckle Hoedown, he fuses the intricacies learned from Bach and Beethoven into the hard-driving, fast-picking tunes of Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt. Ethan began playing bluegrass at Oberlin College where he was a founding member of “The Outhouse Troubadours,” an Oberlin Bluegrass Phenomenon. Since moving to Boston, Ethan has played with numerous Boston-area super-groups, including “Bluegrass: The Band” (a bluegrass “The Band” cover band) as well as his own original bluegrass funk project, “Cold Chocolate,” whose music can be heard on numerous Americana stations across the country as well as in Europe.


Kirsten Lamb
upright bass – vocals

Born into a musical family in northern New Jersey, Kirsten Lamb grew up surrounded by a wide variety of music and musicians. A multi-instrumentalist from an early age, Kirsten played piano, violin, and guitar before starting to learn the upright bass at age thirteen. She quickly shifted focus to the bass because its versatility was a good fit for her growing curiosity for different styles of music. Kirsten continued her studies of the upright bass at the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH under the tutelage of Thomas Sperl, of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Peter Dominguez, Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass. Now living in Boston, MA, she plays regularly with numerous local bands and has toured nationally and internationally.


James McIver
banjo – vocals

James began playing classical piano when he was four years old, eventually branching into jazz and other styles. But he met his one true love while attending college in Baltimore: the five-string banjo. He is now a banjo-picking physicist at MIT in Cambridge, where he is active in the local bluegrass and folk scene. Winner of the 2012 Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Contest, he can be heard playing inside and outside the box with Cold Chocolate, Rachel Aumiller and her Illegits, and many of the best pickers and singers in the area.

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