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The Trespassers: Band Bio

The Trespassers have been playing original, string band music together for over eleven years. We are most often described as a Bluegrass band, but our influence stems from many genres. Bronco Ben's songwriting is gritty and gutsy, and, though we are acoustic musicians, his compositions take us through rock, blues, gypsy jazz, and country. Andy's original songs are most often inspired by old-time music, but instead of an Appalachian feel, they have a Western twist. Andy also writes melodic banjo and fiddle tunes, heartwarming folk songs, and all sorts of dancehall numbers. While the two of them write almost all of our original music, BennyLee and Sarah add spice, flavor, and flare with the double bass and fiddle. Most songs include two and three-part harmonies.

We have a great time bringing the unexpected, causing minds to listen closely to the poetry at the same time as feet are stomping to the driving rhythm. Having been together quite a while we have become like brothers and sister, and the road has taken us throughout California. We have played at Strawberry Music Festival, The Great American Music Hall, Mill Pond Music Festival, Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival, Cafe du Nord and the Poster Room at The Fillmore, but some of our favorite shows have taken place at The Mobil gas station in Lee Vining, Mountain Sage nursery in Groveland, Divided Sky in Lake Tahoe, and the Bug Hostel in Mariposa.

We love to be in the mountains, we love to play for people who enjoy singing along and dancing. Our music presents stories of adventure and tales of natural destruction, and our listeners are inspired by our joy and our motivation to promote change. We will remain rooted in the Sierra Nevada and continue to bring our music to all who appreciate its diversity and honesty.

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 A string quartet with fiddle, guitar, bass and clawhammer banjo. The Trespassers have been making music together for 10 years. Gusty lyrics, driving rhythm and harmonious singing, exemplify this contemporary folk band.