Scenic Roots is a sister duo which combines old-time mountain melodies, bluegrass drive, Irish traditions, and down-home humor. They will take you on a scenic journey as they weave their many musical influences together to create a unique blend of roots music. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time to the days when folks gathered on front porches to play and sing together.
Scenic Roots, from Concordia, Kansas, has been performing together for more than ten years. Tight arrangements and consistent performances are the result of Erin and Amber growing up making music. Erin plays mountain dulcimer and piano, Amber plays fiddle and clawhammer banjo, and both women sing. They graduated from South Plains College’s renowned bluegrass music program in 2010.
Erin's musical journey began when she started playing piano at age five and mountain dulcimer at age seven. She won the 2004 National Mountain Dulcimer Contest at the age of seventeen, becoming the youngest ever to win this title. In 2007, Erin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As she went through chemotherapy and battled her cancer, music became an important part of the healing process. She is now cancer free and desires to share the healing touch of music with others.
Amber’s musical journey began at the age of four when she started playing fiddle and piano. She has a beautiful voice and handles all of the lead singing for the band. She is also the head emcee, keeping audiences entertained with her lively commentary. She has studied bluegrass, old-time, and traditional Irish fiddle styles, which she incorporates into Scenic Roots’ sound.
Both women also enjoy sharing their knowledge of music with others through teaching. Erin teaches workshops and private lessons on mountain dulcimer, piano and basic music theory. Amber teaches private lessons on piano, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, banjo, and music business. They also teach a joint workshop that focuses on playing with others in jam sessions or ensembles.
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