Moonlight Street Folk is a dynamic 5-piece band based out of the mountains of Asheville, NC. Known for their whimsical stage chemistry, and harmonious prowess, they are pioneering a genre which they call "Street-Folk." With the help of the moon and an eclectic mix of influences, they jam out funky, soulful, original music built on a back-yard acoustic foundation. It’s a howlin’ good time!
Moonlight Street Folk was founded in October of 2016 by string strumming, song-writing duo Garrett Swift and Amalia Grannis. Swift’s prowess on the mandolin paired with Amalia’s bold vocals and rhythm guitar offered the perfect back drop for their captivating harmony and electric chemistry. Inspired by the moon, the elements, and a few sleepless nights beside a fire the duo began writing soulful reflective music together. The first of which, and a favorite among some of their fans, being “Power.”
In April 2017, they were joined by singer/songwriter/producer Ariel Joseph, on supporting vocals and percussion. Their collective sound was met with such a strong response that Asheville’s most iconic riverside bar adopted them for a weekly residency in the summer of 2017.
Toward the end of that fateful summer the trifecta expanded to include the rhythmic expertise of Nick Marino, and the driving funky bass riffs and original song contributions of Mr. Charlie. They quickly adapted fuller interpretations of their material and immediately began writing and arranging new material as a 5 piece unit.
With their album "Collective Will" in production the Folk have taken on Augie Newell as the new percussionist and continue to expand their diverse repertoire.