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Meet St. Beaufort - Fresh Folk & Bluegrass from Berlin

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St. BeaufortSt. Beaufort is an international folk and bluegrass trio from Canada, Germany and the USA. It was founded as Hungerhoff & The Wild Roots in 2012. Based on guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion and layers of colorful vocal harmonies, the band is raw acoustics and forges a bridge between the American folk and bluegrass tradition and contemporary songwriting. Whenever possible the band plays unplugged, stripped to their acoustics, delivering powerful live performances in memory of a time when music was more intimate.

The legendary journey and subsequent disappearance of the intrepid Captain John Franklin before he reached the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic inspired the trio to embrace this spirit: a quest of discovery, the search for a new passage to an old place in traditional music. The music continues to seek a return to our roots, inspired by a hunger for the wild, but under a new banner of divine adventure.

Musically influenced by folk traditions of European immigrants and North American pioneers, the band has embarked on an adventure of sorts, traveling the Old Countries, the places where those traditions were bred. They set off to find their own Northwest Passage, going backwards though, not from Europe toward the Indies, but rather from the New World back across the Atlantic. The band carries elements of the North American Frontier to be renewed in the context of their European heritage. Instead of a ship or a wagon, their vehicle is the strum and pluck of a guitar, banjo, and mandolin, three-part vocal harmonies, and the occasional company of a blues harp or an inherited accordion.

Touring behind their 2013 first EP, the band cut through Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic on the Weeping Love Grass Grows Tour. Taking up the momentum the band has performed at several summer festivals and concerts in Denmark, England, Germany, Switzerland and in the UK in 2014, playing more than a hundred shows in two years. In the end of 2014 the band recorded their debut album in an old manor house in the Northern countryside. This work titled St. Beaufort is released in April 2015.

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