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Wanigan at the Valley Bluegrass Festival

  • Valley Bluegrass Festival 1229 Burrell Avenue Lewiston, ID, 83501 United States (map)

Wanigan

Bio

The progressive grass group known as Wanigan is a dynamic five-piece acoustic band bringing old sounds to original songwriting and new sounds to old: close three- and four-part harmonies backed by mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass.

Named for an important part of the annual log drive that used to take place each year down the North Fork of the Clearwater River, Wanigan has become known for its wealth of original story songs inspired by local people and places.

The wanigan served as both sleeping quarters and cookshack for the men who worked on the river, risking their lives to free the logs every spring. At the end of a long day on the river, the wanigan was a place for food, music, and the company of good friends.

Wanigan’s repertoire features a lot of original works in addition to bluegrass and folk classics like Two Little Boys, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, and Blackberry Blossom. Not afraid to find their own sound in the wide fields of bluegrass, Wanigan’s sound is often described as “bluegrass, etc.” due to their many other stylistic influences that come peeking through (Folk, Celtic, Appalachian, Blues, Alternative, and more).

The group released their landmark second album in 2013. More than three years in the making, Firefly is filled with even more original story songs: songs about dreams, love, life, and light.

Members

Featuring Warren Akin on guitar/lead vocals; Tim Gundy on mandolin/vocals; Dale Vallandigham on banjo/vocals, Denis Hackwith on upright bass/vocals; and Jason Hackwith on violin, mandolin, guitar and vocals.

Band Member Emeritus Mike Haberman (guitar, mandolin, vocals), took a job promotion and moved his family to Bellingham, Washington a few years ago. The band is hoping to put together gigs in the Seattle area for a reunion.

Watch & Listen

We always look forward to joining the Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association at their Bluegrass Music Showcases whenever we get a chance. In 2011, we had the privilege of being recorded and are thrilled to bring this video to you. This is part one.

This is part two.

On August 1st, 2013, Wanigan made a trip to Grangeville, Idaho to play at beautiful Pioneer Park. The weather had other ideas and we ultimately had to reschedule, but it couldn't keep us down. Special thanks to the brave people who still came out, despite the pouring rain!

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