Dynamic Duo Series: Shannon Bielski and Robbie Mann
April 18, 2019 8:00 pm
Thursday April 18, 2019
Dynamic Duo Series featuring Shannon Bielski and Robbie Mann
Doors 7pm Show 8pm $5 Door
Shannon Bielski began her musical journey at age seven with her first instrument, the piano. The next year, at age eight, she began playing her favorite instrument, violin, in the J.P. Ryan Elementary School Orchestra. When Shannon was thirteen years old, she began to learn the art of Bluegrass Fiddle by taking lessons from the phenomenal, Rickie Simpkins. She began performing live in a local Southern Maryland bluegrass band, “The Zekiah Swamp Cats,” when she was only fourteen years old, and then released an album with the band at sixteen. With Shannon’s experience and talent, she won a Public Performance Scholarship to attend the world- famous Bluegrass, Country, and Old-Time Music program at East Tennessee State University in 2010. In Tennessee, Shannon grew her skills and talent to become the player and performer she is today. Shannon has her own local Progressive Bluegrass Band, “Shannon Bielski and Moonlight Drive,” that won first place in the DCBU Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition In 2018. Shannon has also been recognized for her song-writing talents and won first place in the Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention Songwriting Contest in 2018.
Robbie Mann is a shred nasty banjo picker. His old 5 string slices through the sonic field like a bluegrass machine gun. His quiet and mysterious demeanor pulls you in while his technical proficiency mixed with old Appalachian soul makes you wanna docey do and promenade. He has played with such notable groups as Shannon Bielski and Moonlight Drive and Marv Ashby and High Octane.