Allison de Groot–Iguana Music Fund update

Allison de Groot is a clawhammer banjo player, specializing in old-time and traditional folk music.  She was awarded an Iguana grant to buy a Romero banjo, a custom instrument that would fit her needs on the road and in the studio.

“My Romero banjo has been the perfect instrument to tour and to record with. It has proven to be reliable and I absolutely love how it sounds. Sadly, the Romero shop burnt to the ground last month. They will be rebuilding, but this is one of the last banjos built in their original shop. I’ve recorded two albums with it- The Goodbye Girls “Snowy Side of the Mountain” and Molsky’s Mountain Drifters self titled album. I am so happy with the way it sounds, on both of the records. Getting ready to start my busy festival season this weekend, and I’ll traveling with the Romero. Thanks for your generous contribution to this beautiful instrument.” –Allison

Click HERE to listen to a few songs recorded with the new banjo.

Allison has a cd release show with The Goodbye Girls on Sept 14th at 8pm at Club Passim.  Tickets available here.

Applications for this year’s Iguana awards open Sept 1st.  More info here!

Katie McNally–Iguana Music Fund update

Katie McNally is a Celtic fiddler who has made her mark on the Scottish and Cape Breton fiddling scenes in Boston.  She received an Iguana grant to record her second full-length album, The Boston States.  Here Katie takes a moment while on tour to let us know how the new cd is doing:

Katie will be touring the east coast in the fall with her new cd, but catc h her sooner on Sept 9th at noon at Kendall Center in Cambridge, MA.  She’ll be doing a free outdoor show as a duo with Neil Pearlman, who joins her on the new album.

Applications for this year’s Iguana awards open Sept 1st.  More info here!

Gretchen & the Pickpockets–Iguana Music Fund update

Gretchen & the Pickpockets is a New Hampshire band that shares their love of jazz, soul, and rock & roll.  They were awarded an Iguana Music Fund grant in 2015 to help write, film, and promote a new music video for their song “Old Souls”.  Here is lead singer and frontwoman Gretchen Klempa talking about their progress:

Honeysuckle performing “Something Worth Having” during their cd release show at Club Passim.

In addition to touring, they have performed at several festivals including Newport Folk Festival and Lollapalooza and have been nominated for Best Folk Artist of the Year and Best Americana Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards.

Honeysuckle is holding their vinyl release show at Club Passim on August 25th at 8pm, with The Western Den opening. Tickets available here.

Applications for this year’s Iguana awards open Sept 1st.  More info here!

Iguana Music Fund

Applications for the Iguana Music Fund open Sept 1st!  For the next few weeks, we’ll be posting updates from the 2015 winners to show you all the great things that can happen with the help of these grants.  


About the Fund:
The Iguana Music Fund is an annual grant program for New England funded by a generous anonymous donor, community donations, and Passim.  Each y ear, the IMF gives over $40k in grants to individual artists to be used for projects and expenses to aid in their career growth.  Projects range from recording to community programs to new equipment or instruments.

Artists often have the talent and ideas to create incredible music but not always the financial capacity to do so on their own.  The Fund helps artists pursue their musical goals.  Since 2008, more than $250k in grants has funded more than 140 projects.  More info here!


Last year, The Stray Birds spent an afternoon playing for us in the beautiful St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.  Built in 1826, the church served as the perfect backdrop for the intimate session, with the windows representing 100 years of stained glass history.  Since this performance, the band has recorded a new album, due out on Yep Roc Records this summer, and added a drummer to their sound.  We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at some of the new album tracks, including “Sabrina.”

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