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The sound from the mountains of Appalachia has long been swelling at its banks, on the verge of spilling over the confines of folk and electronic music convention. The Woodsheep aim to highlight the diversity, creativity, and storytelling that abound in their ever-evolving eastern Kentucky home by shoring up their own roots.
Andrew Preston (featured songwriter by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2015) formed The Woodsheep in late 2015, and in only a year collected an impressive repertoire of original indie music, Appalachian folk standards, and a year-long North American tour to promote their debut record, Watching Mars, earning them international success and a reputation for quirky showmanship and fine-crafted musical skill. As of 2018, they’ve released their sophomore record, Sleeping Under Stars, followed by another U.S. tour to promote the new music.
For most performances, the band is comprised of Melissa Caskey and Matt Holleran, and often feature other musicians in their performances. They have have worked with acts including The Price Sisters, Jocelyn Mackenzie of Pearl and the Beard, and The McLain Family Band. They have toured across the United States, Ireland, the U.K., and The People’s Republic of China.