Homegrown String Band

Location: R.A. Fountain

The Homegrown String Band is a family band borne from parents Georgianne and Rick Jacofsky’s wish, 10 years ago, to keep their two daughters entertained while getting rid of their family television.

“We started with the idea of forming an early-20th century style band,” said banjo picking father Rick. Their parlor picking expanded, though, as it turned out that daughter Erica was something of a fiddle prodigy. She has studied with several great fiddlers, and has been called “a true fiddle powerhouse” by SingOut! magazine. Daughter Annalee performs on a variety of instruments, including impressive work on a jaw harp.

Popular at festivals throughout the eastern U.S., Homegrown performances are “heartfelt, original, and impressive,” said one reviewer. They all share singing, and they perform on a variety of instruments: banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, ukelele, harmonica, doumbek, and percussive dance.

“This is one of the most entertaining acts we’ve had,” said Alex Albright, Fountain General Store proprietor. “Talented and charming, and they have a lot of fun performing.”

The band has recently released its fourth CD, Ragged but Right.

Tags: acoustic Americana, Appalachian, bluegrass, Concert, folk, old-time, original