Cincinnati-based band Way Go Lily are coming to Moab on their first tour as a duo, allowing them to pursue their two passions of old-time music and climbing at the same time.
Fiddle player Amy Alvey and guitarist Maria Carrelli, who are inspired by the bluegrass genre and bands like 1970s supergroup “Old and in the Way,” will be performing at Eddie McStiff’s on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Alvey and Carrelli’s repertoire spans from old-time and bluegrass, to originals that are influenced by the spirit and the tradition of Appalachian Mountain music.
The duo says their songwriting evokes a cross-country road trip: It’s sometimes loud and bustling like a city of industry, or stark and sparse like the beautiful deserts of the Southwest.
They met in the fall of 2015, when Carrelli’s band Mamadrones hired Alvey as their fiddle player. In their close quarters on tour, they discovered all they had in common, including a love of traditional old-time music, road trips and rock climber Alex Honnold.
Pretty soon, Alvey was bringing Carrelli to the local Cincinnati climbing gym, which gave Carrelli an idea: “It would be really cool to do a tour and somehow incorporate climbing into it,” she said.
As it turned out, that had been Alvey’s dream for the past year, and thus the Young And On Belay tour was formed.
Their Young and On Belay tour follows a route of world-class climbing destinations in Moab and beyond. In addition to applying for the American Alpine Club’s “Live Your Dream” grant, the concerts are a means to support their climbing trip, they said.
The duo says their Moab performance will be spring-loaded with “rare energy and exceptional musicality” as they unleash their best and freshest works.
Way Go Lily to perform in Moab on April 11
When: Monday, April 11; show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Eddie McStiff’s, 57 S. Main St.
Eddie McStiff’s is located at 57 S. Main St. For more information about Way Go Lily, go to: waygolilyblog.wordpress.com/.