Gina Furtado’s innovative and unique musicianship and songwriting, although based in traditional music modalities, breaks free from the assumed constructs and makes a new musical statement that’s influenced by emotion, is played with the highest skill, and expresses an enormous verve and vitality. Critics’ common remark is that after listening to Gina’s music, one feels they know her.
With an intent to use the banjo as a medium of personal expression, Furtado moves through varied modes of musical treatments. Although she’s known mainly known for her work as the banjo player for Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, she has a long history with her banjo. Born and raised in Front Royal, Virginia, Gina began touring up and down the east coast in her tween years with her siblings, earning countless ribbons from fiddlers conventions, a strong reputation in the regional bluegrass scene, and a stamp from Bluegrass Today as “absurdly talented”. Her latest album, True Colors, was released in September 2017 and debuted at #13 on Bluegrass Billboard Charts, and boasts two #1 songs on Bluegrass Today Charts. Gina was featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter in the December 2017 issue, along with her original tune “Saylor’s Creek”. She was a nominee for the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year.
The Gina Furtado Project consists of Gina’s sister, Malia Furtado on fiddle; Max Johnson (formerly Molly Tuttle Band, Jeff Austin Band, and others); and Drew Matulich (formerly Billy Strings Band and others).
Our Second band is Closed on Sundays.
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See you September 28th!