About the Band
Furnace Mountain consists of Aimee Curl on Bass and Vocals, Danny Knicely on Mandolin and Fiddle, Dave Van Deventer on Fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on Bouzouki, Guitar and Vocals. Members of the band have been playing together since 1995, and grew up in the same area of Virginia on or near the mountain bearing the same name. Furnace Mountain will be releasing their 5th CD in May 2012, to coincide with their 3rd UK tour.
The band has graced stages near and far, from the Yangtze River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River where they are the host band of the world famous Watermelon Park Festival each year.
The music of Furnace Mountain is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki. It is at other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written. Furnace Mountain plays music from the American Appalachian traditions, as well as original compositions, and songs penned by their favorite song writing friends.
Watch a new video of us in Cabin Studios recording our latest CD. And on YouTube you'll find an excellent BBC video of us at the Celtic Connections 2011 festival, as well as a documentary titled A Commonwealth of Music.
About the Members
Singer/Bassist Aimee Curl, from Taylorstown, Virginia, has an unmistakable breathy sound and sultry style that combine in a musician of incredible depth. As a singer, she has a most distinctive voice with emotion and sincerity that makes even the most hardened listener soften and swoon. Aimee grew up singing in church and with her family. In her early teens, she learned the lap dulcimer and joined her first band. She met other musicians, started singing more, and began experimenting with other instruments such as guitar, fiddle, and bass. She left home and spent the next ten years playing the electric bass and touring the country with a band named ThaMuseMeant before studying at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC where she picked up the upright bass fiddle. Aimee returned to Virginia, and now performs with Furnace Mountain at many major festivals and venues in the U.S. and overseas.
David Van Deventer (a.k.a. Fiddlin' Dave) has been studying the folk origins of the fiddle for over 25 years. David is Co-owner of Shepherds Ford Productions, the company that produces the world famous Watermelon Park Fest every year. He is a fiddle and mandolin instructor, as well as an active member of the Woodshedders and David Via and Corn Tornado. Other notable artists he has played and recorded with are Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Cracker, and The Country Gentlemen, to name a few.
Morgan Morrison comes from a family of rich musical diversity and acclaim. Her Uncle was the late great John Carisi, whose Jazz composition "Isreal" was recorded by Miles Davis (birth of the cool), Bill Evans and, Gill Evans. Along with many other accomplishments he was also a member of Glen Millers orchestra, and worked with Benny Goodman. Morgan's father the late John Morrison, her uncle Peter, grandmother Julie, and mother Holly, were at times all professional musicians, and it was from here that she got her uncanny natural abilities in music. Morgan gained a passion for the old time music of Virginia in her teens, at the various music festivals across the state, but her musical interests span many genres. She has been playing the guitar for 20 years, and the Bouzouki for 15, and singing her whole life.
Danny Knicely is a fourth generation Appalachian multi-instrumentalist from a Virginia family steeped in mountain music tradition. He has won many awards for both his mandolin and guitar expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He has years of experience as a professional musician performing in many bands of varying musical styles. He has recorded and toured nationally and internationally with many groups including the award winning Magraw Gap, David Via and Corn Tornado, James Leva and Purgatory Mountain, and is a musical director for the Mountain Music Project and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, featuring Mark Schatz and Eileen Carson. Visit Danny's website.