Golden Shoals bridge the sometimes distant worlds of traditional bluegrass and old time music together. With one foot steeped in tradition and the other focused on fresh songwriting, Golden Shoals are helping to further the narrative of American Roots music and introducing the traditions of our past to a whole new generation of listeners.” - Kris Truelsen, WBCM Radio Bristol


Photo by Andy Wickstrom

Photo by Andy Wickstrom

Photo by Red Line Roots

Photo by Red Line Roots

Photo by Kaitlyn Raitz

Photo by Kaitlyn Raitz

 What started as casual jam sessions at their house in Boston, Massachusetts would become Golden Shoals (formerly "Hoot and Holler"). Initially brought together by a mutual love of American folk music, it was hard to know that in seven years that love would bring them to Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, not to mention 33 of the 50 states. Amy Alvey (fiddle, guitar) and Mark Kilianski (guitar, banjo) graduated from Berklee College of Music, where both were first exposed to playing traditional old time and bluegrass music. Boston, with its burgeoning roots music scene, was a perfect place for the duo to find their sound, but rising rent costs proved difficult to sustain. In 2016 they broke their leases and began touring nationally while living in their camper van "Irene". The idea was to see the country in the only way they knew how: entertain and connect with audiences with their music, while finding the next city to lay roots. They now call Asheville, North Carolina their home, but more often than not they are still on the road.  Ever inspired by the enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian mountain music, their songwriting comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears. The listener can expect the polished technique of conservatory training, in tandem with the grit, drive, and soul of musicians like Roscoe Holcomb or Ola Belle Reed. 

Golden Shoals has shared a bill with the notable acts: Ricky Skaggs, Michael Daves, Red Tail Ring, The Revelers, The Brother Brothers,  The Steel Wheels, Charlie Parr, The Price Sisters, Tatiana Hargreaves, The Tillers,  Twisted Pine, and Lula Wiles. 

​ Discography:
Golden Shoals - LP, May 2020

Under the name "Hoot and Holler"
Milkers and Hollers - LP, September 2018
Reasons To Run - LP, February 2017
Is This Goodbye?/Slow and Steady - Singles, November 2015
Nothing If Not Young - EP, October 2014 

​ Festival Resume: 
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska - July 2020
Tottenham Bluegrass Festival in Tottenham, Ontario - June 2020
Nelsonville Festival in Ohio - June 2020
Shakori Hills in North Carolina - May 2020
Bluegrass Jamboree in Germany - November/December 2019
Blackpot Festival in Lafayette, LA - October 2019
Omagh Festival in Northern Ireland - September 2019
Wide Open Bluegrass in North Carolina - September 2019
South Carolina State Fiddler's Championship - September 2019
High Point Arts Festival - September 2019
Supertone Music Festival in Hudson, NY - July 2019
Major's Creek Folk Festival in New South Wales, AUS - November 2018
Kangaroo Valley Music Festival in New South Wales, AUS - October 2018
Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival in New South Wales, AUS - October 2018
Old Tone Music Festival in Hillsdale, NY - September 2018
Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival in Berryville, VA - September 2018
Portland Old Time Gathering in Portland, OR - January 2018
Bellingham Folk Festival in Bellingham, WA - January 2018
Whispering Beard in Friendship, IN - August 2017
Blackpot Festival in Lafayette, LA - October 2016
4th Annual Americana Hootenanny in Cotuit, MA - September 2016
Bellingham Folk Festival in Bellingham, WA - January 2016
New Jersey Folk Festival in New Brunswick, NJ - April 2015
3rd Annual Americana Hootenanny in Cotuit, MA - August 2015
Bluegrass On the Bogs in Hanson, MA - May 2015
New England Americana Festival in Cambridge, MA - September 2014 

2019 - Official Showcase Artists at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)
2019- Second place band at Upper East Tennessee Fiddler's Convention
2019 - Second place Old Time Fiddle at Upper East Tennessee Fiddler's Convention
2018 - Third place Traditional Band at The Appalachian Stringband Festival (“Clifftop”)
2018 - Second place Old Time Fiddle at The Appalachian Stringband Festival (“Clifftop”)
2017 - First place band at the South Carolina State Fiddler’s Championship in Pickens, SC
2017 - Official Showcase Artists for the South East Regional Folk Alliance
2017 - Official Semi-Formal Showcase Artists for the North East Regional Folk Alliance
2017 - Fifth place fiddle at the Mount Airy Fiddler’s Convention, tenth place in Old Time Fiddle at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA
2016 - Scholarship recipients at the Augusta Heritage Center
2016 - Scholarship recipients at Blackpot Camp
2016 - Fourth place in Flatpicking guitar competition at the Mount Airy Fiddler’s Convention
2014 - Nominated in the BIG RED Nominees “Favorite Local Duo” by Red Line Roots 

​ Press:
"I had only ever heard Amy and Mark play fiddle tunes, so I knew they had great instrumental and vocal skills. I'm the kind of guy that tends to listen only to traditional music, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I got a copy of their new CD. Surprise! I was delighted to discover that I really liked their original songs, too. Everything -- the instrumentals, vocals, songwriting, arrangements, and quality of recording -- is just wonderful. Congrats to Amy and Mark on a great new release."
-Brad Leftwich (Tom, Brad and Alice, Hogwire Stringband, The Humdingers) 

​ "Golden Shoals weave together timeless melodies and virtuosic playing with just enough scrappy energy to keep things from getting too precious. It's a fresh and distinctive blend that can only earned the hard way - through thousands of miles and hundreds of nights on the road." -Patrick Coman, WUMB's Local Folk 

​​ "Grads of the Berklee College of Music, Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey not only have top-notch chops, they've crafted a top-notch sound that's pleasantly refreshing...The soundscapes are rooted in Old-Time music but with a contemporary feel that keeps the songs fresh and exciting. In short, this is happy music played by happy people with feeling." -Brad Kolodner WAMU's Bluegrass Country 

 “Golden Shoals takes the best of two separate fantastic artists and melds them into something that is even greater than the sum of their parts. The band’s roots dig deep into the hills of Appalachian folk tunes and fiddle driven melodies. They blend two voices and instruments harmonious in a way that is…for lack of better phrasing, perfect harmony. Simple and relatable, but the musicianship of both of these artists is anything but simple.” - Red Line Roots