The wildly popular group Crooked Still is at the forefront of a new generation of young string bands, performing some of the most compelling alternative bluegrass and string band music today. The Boston-based acoustic ensemble will perform Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Crooked Still utilizes cello, fiddle, banjo, bass and Aoife O’Donovan’s haunting vocals to redefine traditional American music and has been called the most important folk group to emerge from Boston since the early 1960s. Crooked Still merges classical, traditional and modern American styles and raises the bar of dynamic musicianship.

The group is a blended musical family, whose influences — ranging from iconic folk to modern hip-hop and funk — coalesce into a modern musical hybrid played on classical instruments. O’Donovan described the group as a groove-based band without a drummer, saying “We push the beat, staying true to the tradition while we bring old songs into the 21st century.” The current lineup includes O’Donovan (vocals, guitar, baritone ukulele, piano, glockenspiel), Brittany Haas (fiddle), Gregory Liszt (banjo), Tristan Clarridge (cello) and Corey DiMario (double bass).

With a unique blend of American, Irish, Klezmer and jazz, Crooked Still is a vital, young band that dances around the tenets of musical genres and is defiantly non-traditional. Lauded in the foreign press and regular performers on the international festival scene, the band has a global and ever-growing audience.

Tickets are $20 in advance and will be $23 on the day of show. For tickets and more information, call the Strand at 594-0070 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to