About Hilary Hawke & The Flipsides
Hilary Hawke's songwriting was kindled in the Adirondacks regions of upstate NY, playing at many open mics in Saratoga and Potsdam and being influenced by the thriving folk scene that only the cold mountain weather brings together! i.e., fireside jams and song-swapping.
This led to fingerpicking and the love of banjo players that played a mix of old time/country/folk music, like Pete Seeger and Dock Boggs. After coming to NYC in 2004 Hilary focused primarily on banjo playing with many wonderful bands (Jan Bell, Maybelles, M Shanghai stringband, Rosy Nolan Band, Hawke & Owl) and found her current bandmates/best friends this way! Ian Riggs, Jacob Tilove, Brian Geltner, all make the band sound spectacular and are each acclaimed for their own songwriting and performing!
The Hilary Hawke band is led by young Brooklyn banjo player and instrumentalist. Hilary Hawke often plays to audiences in NYC that are cautious to the sight or sound of a banjo.
But recent shows have turned loud bars into listening rooms,
and the unique style of tribal drumming into soft
percussion mixed with the sounds of clawhammer or fingerstyle
banjo leaves many sitting close around the band to hear what happens next!