Anthony Ihrig is a Minneapolis songwriter and banjo player that has been active in the Midwest acoustic music scene since 1999 when he co-founded the pioneering "newgrass" stringband Free Range Pickin'. He is currently the banjo player for the award-winning High 48s Bluegrass Band and also composes and performs his own original Americana music with some of the top acoustic musicians in the region. In 2011, he released "Missing Ghosts," an album of all-original music and in 2012 he was invited to the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual conference in Nashville, TN to showcase his songwriting.
Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com. An engaging live performer, Mother Banjo weaves humorous stories with fun covers and her own original material. She has performed at prestigious venues like The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI) and the Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis, MN) and has shared the stage with notable songwriters (Lucy Wainwright Roche, Cliff Eberhardt, Tracy Grammer, Storyhill) and poets (Robert Bly, Todd Boss).