Chris Thile, Host, Mandolin, and Vocals
Béla Fleck, Guest Artist
Edgar Meyer, Guest Artist
Julie Fowlis, Guest Artist
Aoife O’Donovan, Guest Artist
Multiple Grammy Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile—a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and now the host of the radio program Live from Here—is a mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist. With his broad outlook, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.
A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of Grammy Award–winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released four albums and sold more than two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, A Dotted Line—its first since 2005.
As a soloist, Thile has released several albums, including his most recent, Thanks for Listening, a collection of recordings produced by Thomas Bartlett that were originally written as “Songs of the Week” for Live from Here. In February 2013, Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan. In September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass & Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released its latest album, All Ashore, in July 2018,
Béla Fleck is arguably the world’s premier banjo player. Through a truly remarkable career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a wide range of solo projects and collaborations, he has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the instrument. The 16-time Grammy winner and American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame inductee can be heard on dozens of recordings, including 2017’s Echo in the Valley with his wife, clawhammer ace Abigail Washburn.
With her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O’Donovan captivates fans and critics alike. She was a featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. Her own recordings include Man in a Neon Coat: Live from Cambridge. See You Around is the first full-length recording from I’m With Her, her trio with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins.