Redgirl is a light shade of bluegrass with some visible folk roots showing.
Fronted by the clear and fearless vocals of Anie Hepher: Redgirl’s music is built around her pure and unfettered voice, clawhammer banjo, guitar and occasionally, a sassy ukulele.
Michael Hepher (married to the girl) on lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals, brings a balance in harmony, humour and musical creativity to the songs and stories of the band.
Bringing it all home with wholesome and steady bass lines is Steve Jones on his “new” 1953 Kay upright bass.
Redgirl has made music together since early 2001, originally at the core of a 6 piece bluegrass/roots ensemble called “as the crow flies”. Influences include Lynn Miles, Gillian Welch, Bruce Cockburn, Annie-Lou, Crooked Still and Ian Tyson. In more recent years, the band has also dabbled as a “plugged-in” band (see the fantastic Sven Heyde ), but is once again settled into the heart of acoustic pastures.
Redgirl’s songs; both original and traditional, are about things homegrown: family, laughter, heartache, loneliness, love, connection, fields, boats, ponies and railroads.
In the last 2 years, they have been thrilled to share the stage such fantastic musicians as Pharis & Jason Romero, Jenny Lester, Valdy, Chris Coole, Cara Luft, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Ken Hamm and Elena Yeung.
Redgirl is happy to bring their own utensils, and love potlucks.