The Wiyos

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The Wiyos have been rolling for over a decade. They were one of the first "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. Their relentless touring in the US and Europe, and numerous critically acclaimed albums and EPs landed them a full 28-day summer tour... more

The Wiyos have been rolling for over a decade. They were one of the first "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. Their relentless touring in the US and Europe, and numerous critically acclaimed albums and EPs landed them a full 28-day summer tour as openers of the 2009 Bob Dylan Show. The Wiyos were also featured in the BBC television documentary, “Folk America – Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers”. In 2010 they were featured in the BBC television special "No Sleep 'Til Yell".

In 2012, The Wiyos released their fan-funded concept album, Twist, a 14-track eclectic musical collage loosely based on The Wizard Of Oz. Twist is undoubtedly The Wiyos' strongest and boldest work to date and in 2013 it won an Independent Music Award for 'Best Concept Album'. Of course The Wiyos are mostly known for their amalgamation of "old timey" sounds, but on Twist the band let's their late 20th Century upbringings creep in with their vintage sensibility. Scotland's The Herald reviewed a performance of Twist in Glasgow and called it [everything from] "junkyard blues to Cuban neighborhood via surf song harmonies and backwoods Appalachia... a fascinating travelogue."

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