Kelsey Wells (fiddle, banjo, feet) possesses a great love for folk art traditions and Appalachian music. She has built on her traditional roots and developed a passion for creating intercultural music communities throughout the world. She has performed in several countries, including Norway, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Costa Rica. She also served as the 2013 United States delegate to the world folk music project Ethno Denmark. Kelsey is the assistant director of World Music Weekends, a Chattanooga-based project uniting local teenage musicians with professional folk musicians, dancers, and artists from across the globe. She has worked extensively with the Folk School of Chattanooga and the Musical Heritage Center in Pegram, Tennessee, and is currently teaching private music lessons and traditional music classes for kids. In addition to Turnip the Beet, Kelsey performs with the Farm Strong Band (Pork and Beans).
Jeremy Lekich (guitar, bouzouki, percussion) began contra dancing at a very young age and learned guitar as a pre-teen. In college, he was introduced to world folk music and never turned back! When not playing or dancing, Jeremy maintains an edible landscaping and permaculture design business called Nashville Foodscapes, focusing on growing food where people live.
Turnip the Beet
Coming to Louisville straight from Nashville, TN, this down-home duo combines both European and American folk influences to produce an organic, musical harvest of toe-tapping tunes. Turnip the Beet is no stranger to the contra community, as the band has provided the soundtrack to dozens of contra and square dances in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, and Tennessee since 2013.
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