The Goodbye Girls are an exciting new quartet from Boston. These four musicians from the US, Canada, and Sweden formed the band out of a common love for old-time, traditional bluegrass and Swedish traditional music. Lena Jonsson on fiddle, Allison de Groot on clawhammer banjo, Brittany Karlson on bass, and Molly Tuttle on guitar & lead vocals are individually some of the best acoustic musicians around, and together they create a sound that is exciting, fresh and full of energy.
With international tours under their belt, bookings at festivals like Newport Folk Festival & Stockholm Folk Festival, reaching #1 on the Americana airplay direct charts, The Goodbye Girls are turning heads right out of the gate. The band has a dedication to honoring the musical styles in which they are rooted, and together they are re-imagining the repertoire in a unique and exciting way. Their original material sits comfortably between a raging old-time tune, a traditional bluegrass song or a Swedish polska in a playful balance between new and old.
MOLLY TUTTLE. Guitar & Vocals.
ALLISON dE GROOT. Banjo & Vocals.
Allison de Groot combines love and passion for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality. Although firmly rooted in old-time and traditional music, she has shown her ability to collaborate and create outside this genre, pushing the boundaries of the clawhammer banjo.
Allison has toured all over the world, performing at Trafalgar Square in London, The Living Room in New York City, mainstage slots at The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Tønder Festival in Denmark, Vancouver Folk Festival and many places inbetween. She has made pilgrimages to the Appalachians, attending the Old Time Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia and immersing herself in old-time communities in North Carolina. Although firmly rooted in old-time and traditional music, she has shown her ability to collaborate and create outside this genre, pushing the boundaries of the clawhammer banjo. Allison is currently performing with The Goodbye Girls and Bruce Molsky's new project Molsky's Mountain Drifters.
LENA JONSSON. Fiddle & Vocals.
Lena Jonsson is a fiddler from a new generation of folk musicians in Sweden. She was brought up in Hälsingland, a region in the middle of Sweden, and started playing the fiddle at the age of six. She has studied Swedish folk music performance at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm, as well as American folk music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Lena tours regurlarly throughout Sweden and Europe as a solo artist, with her duo projects Jonsson Coudroy and Brittany Haas & Lena Jonsson, and her bands Skenet and Limbohofvet. She is also an accomplished teacher and has taught around the world. For the last few years, she has been awarded with several prizes for folk music in Sweden.
BRITTANY KARLSON. Bass & Vocals.
Bassist Brittany Karlson is an adventurous musician with roots in jazz, folk, and experimental music. She has performed across the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Spain in a vast array of ensemble settings. As a leader and composer, Brittany combines folklike melodies and improvising impulses to play and sing under the name Karl. Karl's debut album Feast Day was released on Lungbasket Recordings in January 2015. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Brittany currently studies on a North American Tour Scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she participates as a CityMusic mentor and actively performs throughout New England.
With nearly two million viewers on YouTube and features in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines, Molly Tuttle is making a name for herself in the acoustic music scene. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. In just 2012 alone, she was awarded music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.
Molly has been performing on stage since she was 11 and recorded her first album at age 13. She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, The Freight and Salvage, and countless other festivals and venues across the country. She is also a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music with an Artist Diploma in Guitar Performance. Molly was also recently nominated for an International Bluegrass Music Asscociation "Momentum Award."