The Ruta Beggars infuse traditional bluegrass and early swing to create a timeless act filled with intricate vocal harmonies, fiery instrumentals, and plenty of fun. They have been praised for their creative yet tasteful arrangements and charming performances, winning Thomas Point’s band competition in 2019. The Ruta Beggars have been featured on the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Showcase, Steve Martin’s Unreal Bluegrass, Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn and the main stages of Joe Val, Grey Fox, Thomas Point, and Ossipee Bluegrass Festivals.
Brought together by their passion for bluegrass, The Ruta Beggars are Micah Nicol (guitar), Sofia Chiarandini (fiddle), Ariel Wyner (mandolin), Trevin Nelson (banjo), and Noah Harrington (bass) who met while studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the American Roots Program.
Jim Allen is a New England singer-songwriter known for his freewheeling improvisations on mandolin, guitar, piano and harmonica. “He plays a lot of good bluegrass too,” according to the legendary Bill Monroe.*
With a musical compass forged in roots, rock, country, and blues, Allen writes songs that cut a path straight to the heart. His song Lindytown was recently named Grand Prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and is included on an EP of original songs recorded with his son Sasha, just released on September 23, 2022, courtesy of Universal Music Group, Republic Records, and Imperial Music. The duo’s EP, 16 Borders, is available on all streaming platforms and for purchase on i-Tunes and elsewhere.
In addition to reaching Top Eight on NBC The Voice as part of the duo Jim and Sasha Allen, he has appeared at countless venues and festivals over the years. These included performances with Bela Fleck, Livingston Taylor, Jonathan Edwards, Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, Christine Lavin, Vaneese Thomas, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Newgrass Revival, Vassar Clements, legendary fiddler Kenny Baker, and many others, including multiple tour dates with Jonathan Edwards as a member of Edwards’ band.
This show is 21+.