Cup O’Joe is a family band comprising Reuben Agnew on guitar and mandolin, Tabitha Agnew on banjo and fiddle and Benjamin Agnew on upright bass with all three sharing vocal duties. The band plays a mix of Bluegrass and Gypsy Jazz and their debut album ‘Rough Terrain’ is an eclectic mix of familiar songs such as ‘Darlin’ Corey’ and ‘Wild Bill Jones’ to ‘Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier’ and ‘Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen’ (once recorded by the Andrews Sisters).
Tabitha explained how the IBMA invitation came about: “I was scrolling through my news feed and came upon a post by the International Bluegrass Music Association. It announced that youth bands could apply to appear on the Youth Stage as part of IBMA in Raleigh. I eagerly submitted an application. In the meantime I was also looking at a request (on the European Bluegrass Music Association website) for European bands to represent the international side of IBMA. We wanted to represent Europe but had to wait on a reply concerning the Youth Stage So when I received the news from the Youth Council to say we had been accepted, we were obviously surprised and excited [particularly] being the only youth band from outside the States.”
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