The Last Bison brought their mix of folk and classical to the Backyard stage at Firefly on Sunday. The seven piece band began generating radio play with their popular song “Switzerland.”
The Last Bison’s mix of folk, which draws influence form the bluegrass of their native Virginia, and classical strings gives them a unique sound.
The Last Bison is made up of Lead Singer and guitarist, Ben Hardesty; Dan Hardesty, Ben’s father, who plays mandolin, guitar and banjo and sings back up ; Annah Hardesty, who plays bells, percussion and sings back up; Andrew Benfante, who plays reed organ and melodica; Amos Housworth, the band’s Cellist, Teresa Totheroh the bands violinist and Jay Benfante who plays Drums and Percussion.
The band played to an enthusiastic crowd on Sunday.
Another interesting aspect of the band is their fashion. The members of the band dress in civil war period dress. The band’s attire matches with their music, which seems to have been enchanted by another era. The airy strings mixed with the rich, bluegrass sounds of the mandolin and the unique percussion instruments combine with the full harmonies and Ben’s multifaceted singing voice to make a sound that is all its own. Bands with a similar sound include The Decemberists and Mumford and Sons.
The Last Bison live up to their albums Inheritance and Quill and bring their music to life with a passionate and entertaining performance.