The Horsenecks play hard-hitting and heartfelt Old Time, classic Bluegrass and original roots music. Their sound is centered around the pairing of the signature rhythmic Appalachian fiddle style of Oregonian Gabrielle Macrae and the driving yet subtle banjo playing of Liverpudlian Barry Southern.
Gabrielle's playing style is the result of being raised in the Old Time music hotbed of Portland, OR and being exposed to the fiddle traditions of the Southeast through years of traveling to festivals and learning from some of the greatest players in the genre. Her love of traditional music brought her to North Carolina as a teenager where she fully immersed herself in the music of the region and became a sought-after clawhammer banjo player after releasing an album with the Macrae Sisters in 2008. Barry’s banjo playing ranges from thrilling and high-octane to moody and captivating, and his versatility shines whether playing clawhammer or driving three-finger banjo. Also an accomplished guitarist, adept in many styles of playing he has been consistently active in the UK Old Time and Bluegrass scene for the last decade playing with multiple groups. Harmony singing and thoughtful song writing bring this Old Time band to the stage with a compelling take on the music that moves them; foot-stomping dance tunes, innovative fiddle-banjo compositions and heartfelt and inspired harmony singing.
Whether they are singing centuries-old ballads, their own songs, or getting you up and dancing with a barn-burning fiddle tune, they remain firmly rooted in tradition, paying homage to the depth and richness of the music. The Horsenecks continue to set a new standard in today's traditional music scene with years of touring under their belts and appearances at major festivals.
Their third album, "Started Out in Town" was successfully released in December 2020 and has received critical acclaim and glowing reveiws in folk music publications accross the US and UK.