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Taylor Pfeiffer


Inspired to play Banjo at the age of seven after hearing the 1960's TV Series Skippy, Sixteen-year-old Taylor Pfeiffer has been playing the five-string banjo for nine years. At the age of ten, Taylor taught herself to yodel, after listening to her favourite yodellers. Taylor has performed on stage with Australian Country Music Golden Guitar award winners Lee Kernaghan (2014 Tamworth, 2013 Tamworth & Urban CMF Qld), Troy Cassar-Daley (2016 Tamworth & 2012 Barossa Valley), Kasey Chambers, Adam Harvey, The Davidson Brothers, Pete Denahy and opened shows for Amber Lawrence & Bill Chambers. Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, Taylor regularly performs country and bluegrass music throughout Australia and credits include major festivals Tamworth Country Music Festival (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013), 50th National Folk Festival in Canberra ACT (2016), The Gympie Muster (2014) and The Urban Country Music Festival (2014).

Taylor has appeared on several TV Shows throughout Australia including ABC1 TV Show Spicks & Specks (2014 Episode 8), Channel 9 The Today Show (2015), Channel 7 Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise (2014), Channel 44 Our Time(2014), ABC1 Behind The News (2013) and she was personally invited to perform for Nashville’s Music City Roots Show (Filmed in Tamworth 2013). Taylor has had numerous in-studio radio interviews with popular 891ABC Adelaide presenters Peter Goers & Sonya Feldhoff, Ian McNamara (Macca) and has interviewed Lee Kernaghan for ABC’s Saturday Night Country.

Taylor was awarded the 2015 Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards – Most Promising Future Star at a special presentation at Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW.

June 2016 Taylor released her first Album Five Strings Attached, showcasing her abilities as a professional banjo player and musician. Recorded at Red Brick Recording Studio and Produced by Anthony Stewart, Taylor not only plays banjo but also plays drums on the album. Five Strings Attached provides great variety for the listener with classic banjo instrumentals, vocals, yodelling and the first release from the album Not This Time Around, an original by Taylor.

Taylor’s previous EP You Were The Stranger, featuring 5 Original tracks was Produced by Bill Chambers and Co-Produced by Taylor. She was a Top 5 Songwriter Finalist for songs; You Were There Stranger and Toughen Up Princess in the Tamworth Songwriters Awards and Policeman Yodel won the Judges Award at the Canberra Country Music Songwriters Awards and won 3rd Place in the ACMF Songwriting Awards. Recently Taylor was awarded 2nd Place in the ASME Young Composers Award – Pop Section for her latest composition.

You Were The Stranger, Taylor’s first single reached Number 21 on the official Country Music Top 40 Radio Charts and Toughen Up Princess reached Number 18. At just fifteen years of age, Taylor’s video Toughen Up Princess was announced the Winner of the Australian Independent Music Video Awards at a special presentation in Canberra and is regularly aired on Foxtel, Country Music Channel. Check it out on youtube.com

Banjo is Taylor’s first instrument, but she’s becoming well known as a Multi-Instrumentalist. Taylor began playing Drums at the age of six, and has been awarded a Five-year Music Scholarship at a prestigious school in Adelaide. Taylor also plays guitar.

Taylor was awarded the 2013 South Australian Junior Champion of Champions and is a graduate from the 2011, 2012 and 2014 CMAA Academy of Country Music Junior Course in Tamworth.

Taylor is proudly sponsored by Australian company Bellbird Banjos and USA Company D’Addario Strings.


Cia Cherryholmes

Cia began her banjo career with the internationally acclaimed Bluegrass family band Cherryholmes at the age of 16. Influenced by the stylings of banjo heroes like JD Crowe, Don Reno, Jason Burleson, and Jake Jenkins and mentored by Bluegrass King Jimmy Martin, she developed her own style blending the traditional hard driving approach with blues and honky-tonk. Recipient of the SPBGMA banjo player of the year award three years in a row, she has helped to pioneer the way for many young female banjoists and to bring playing while singing to the forefront. The Americana ensemble Songs of the Fall is her most current musical endeavor, blending traditional banjo with, delta blues, and mountain roots.


Kristin Scott Benson

Kristin Scott Benson is the four-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). She grew up in South Carolina, surrounded by a musical family. After receiving a much-anticipated banjo for Christmas when she was thirteen, Kristin became enthralled with the instrument and spent her teen years studying the playing of all the banjo greats from Earl Scruggs to Bela Fleck. After high school, she attended Nashville’s esteemed Belmont University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Music Business. After 13 years in Nashville, she relocated back to the Carolinas with her husband and young son. Her latest solo release, Second Season, features eight instrumentals (half of them originals) and four vocal performances. The album showcases her powerful banjo playing, while still appealing to fans that aren’t motivated solely by instrumental prowess. The project received stellar reviews and features some of bluegrass’ brightest musicians.

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