Mandolin Orange is a duo, sometimes band, led by songwriter Andrew Marlin and vocalist/instrumentalist Emily Frantz. The duo ornaments lyric and harmony-focused tunes with acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, fiddle, and mandolin. As a sometimes band they are joined by rhythm section Jeff Crawford (bass) and James Wallace (drums). Born and raised in North Carolina, Mandolin Orange melds the state's rich country music past with its indie-rock present. Marlin and Frantz met in 2009 and hit it off musically, Marlin sharing his love for church hymns and Frantz her love for bluegrass.
They play lyric and harmony focused tunes on acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle, and mandolin, under the influence of bluegrass, rock and roll, and old school country. Marlin writes the songs which are then arranged, recorded, and performed with Frantz. The two tour North Carolina and beyond playing their roots music–original acoustic tunes inspired by folk music’s great pickers, performers, and storytellers. Mandolin Orange has shared bills with Rosanne Cash, Chatham County Line, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Abigail Washburn, and traveled as far as the UK to perform at festivals, including Ulster's 21st Annual Bluegrass Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots, and Hopscotch Music Festival.
During this two hour clinic, Mandolin Orange will discuss their songwriting process, take some Q&A from students about life as a touring duet, and give a small performance.