Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats

Bluegrass Band from Asheville, NC - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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About
A fresh blend of remarkable, inspired instrumentals and Jennifer's sweet, pure voice. Bursting with talent. Gigmasters Awards: Best of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012. The 4-piece band provides warm, professional sets to keep the energy up with upbeat bluegrass or relax to truly artistic background music. 

These have been incredible years for us! We were featured on NPR, PBS, RFD, WSM, and toured the U.S. with shows in 22 states: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, PA SC, TN, VA and WV. We were honored to headline concerts and festivals in Glen Saint Mary, FL, Reading, PA, Marshall, AR, Blountstown, FL, Dallas City, IL, Bolton Landing, NY and even had the opportunity to back Justin Rivers (from “The Voice”) at a show in Bowling Green, KY! 

Corporate Clients: IBM, U-Haul, Library of Congress, Aramark, Subway, Boy Scouts of America, Passport America, LifePoint Hospitals, Hanel Storage Systems, Graincraft, Insurors of Tennessee, American Dairy Sciences Assoc., Pruitt Health, Video Gaming Technologies, R.C. Mathews Contractors, Collegiate Paddlesport Symposium, Univ. of Kentucky, Vanderbilt Univ., Country Music Hall of Fame and the Western Kentucky Dragon Boat Races on the Ohio River in Paducah, KY. 

We work with very large, national clients and also small, private functions. We can easily travel to your event of any size. Ask us! 

Wedding Events:
We love the joyful atmosphere of weddings. Our goal is to contribute music that helps to make your special day extraordinary. We are glad to provide light instrumental prelude music while guests are being seated, light hearted songs for the cocktail hour where friends and relatives can celebrate and engage in conversation. For the reception, we pick up the pace with upbeat bluegrass and guests of all ages will enjoy dancing to music from Johnny Cash to the Beatles.

Corporate Events and Private Functions: 
We can keep the atmosphere light for the reception, provide upbeat bluegrass for the kick-off event, or entertainment on the main stage to warm up the crowd before your featured speaker. 

Community Concerts and Outdoor Festivals: 
We provide an evening of music in an artistic and engaging way. In this setting, we play more original material, share a bit of our personality and talk a little about the music we play. Specialty instrumental numbers include: The Lady of Spain (on 2 banjos), Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major and the Latin flavored El Cumbanchero (both on 5-string banjo). 

Professional Sound System Available: 
We can supply and run all of our own sound equipment and lighting. We have several configurations to fit venues from very intimate to large outdoor spaces. We have lots of experience with live sound and very high quality gear. We offer an exceptional value here. Please let us know if you would like us to take care of it. 

Bio: 
Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, CMA's Fan Fair, West Point's Eisenhower Hall, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, TNN, CMT, NPR, and the PBS show, Song of the Mountains, which airs on over 180 Public Television outlets across the United States.

Growing up, Michael performed with his family, the McLain Family Band all across the U.S. in 49 states, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. For several years he toured and recorded as part of the Claire Lynch Band as well as with Dale Ann Bradley. He was featured on a CD with Claire Lynch that was nominated for a Grammy. For 13 years, he taught guitar, banjo, mandolin and bluegrass ensemble in the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. 

A Virginia girl, Jennifer McLain (mandolin, banjo, vocals) was an artist on Pinecastle Records and has recorded as a harmony vocalist for major labels, indie labels and demos in Nashville. She has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, West Point's Eisenhower Hall, CMA's Fan Fair, and on CMT, NPR and PBS.
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25+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!

Celebration

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This band is absolute perfection. They "made" our event. The music was at a level few can achieve, and their flawless command of the room was notable. Pitch Perfect in all ways! The musicality and harmonies were fabulous. I can recommend this band with great enthusiasm. Take a look at their credits, and listen to their sound. It cannot be better. I am indebted to Michael and Jennifer, Dan, and Kori for sharing their great talent with us. It is real music, and the best of the best. My thanks! MPW

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Wow! What an incredible performance. If you like Alison Krauss you are going to love Jennifer's voice. Both Micheal and Jennifer are outstanding musicians and I would highly recommend them both. They played at an employee appreciation type event and the team loved them. They really made the event. We only had Michael and Jennifer play but the duo was awesome. I can only imagine how good it would have been with the entire band. Check out their CD if you have never heard them!

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We inquired about Michael & Jennifer for our wedding that was just three months away; they responded promptly and amazingly, were available! They were reasonably priced, and agreed to let my musician brother play several songs with them. Talk about accommodating! Their music was the perfect backdrop for our Western North Carolina wedding.

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Outstanding band in their music and professionalism. They made the wedding a very special day.

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Rehearsal Dinner

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Michael and Jennifer were wonderful to work with. We hired them to play at our son's rehearsal dinner in Knoxville. Their music and energy was one of the biggest reasons the evening was so much fun. They even took the time to learn a new song I requested. I really cannot say enough good things about them. They definitely were 5 PLUS in every category! In addition to being professional and extremely talented, they are NICE, as well. I feel like we made two new friends. I would not hesitate to hire them again, and can recommend them Highly!!

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Fundraiser

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Mr. and Mrs. McLain were very accommodating and most of all very professional. They went above and beyond with providing much needed help with the booking process and and delivered a five star performance. I would most definitely consider booking them again and I would recommend them to anyone looking to receive a great performance!!!

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Concert

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The band was a wonderful addition to our program, received much positive feedback from our audience, and was a pleasure to work with overall from beginning contact to concert break down!

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Michael and Jennifer and the others in the group were superb! True professionals and very talented! For my daughter's wedding, we wanted them to play on the farmhouse porch during the ceremony, then move and play from the barnhouse patio immediately afterward, then move again to the pavilion tent to play during dinner. None of this was a problem for them. Very accomodating! And everybody love them! Their musical talent and audio expertise was all top notch! I rated them all with 5's because they truly deserve that rating! Thanks Banjocats! (also very nice people!.. it was a pleasure meeting them!) Sincerely, Rick Howard

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Excellent! Exceeded our expectations, we will book them again and enthusiastically recommend to others.

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The Banjocats were absolutely fantastic!! They made our wedding day so special! I highly recommend them for your event!

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Outdoor Festival & Concerts
 
  • Well-paced, professional sets
  • Artistic and engaging. Specialty instrumentals. Share our personality.
  • Professional website with EPK for promotion - photos, posters, bio
  • Visit "Concerts" page on our Banjocats website for details & recent clients
Corporate Events & Conferences
 
  • 4-piece band, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, trio harmony
  • Main stage entertainment or artistic background music
  • Can coordinate with detailed planning
  • See "Corporate Events" on our Banjocats website. Over 35 recent clients
Reserve our popular "Wedding Package"
 
  • Prelude, Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Live Reception Sets, Dancing
  • Professional Sound System Included - Years of Experience
  • Visit the "Weddings" page on our Banjocats website!
  • Booking is a breeze. Ask us!
Professional Sound System
 
  • 8 Mics, 2 DIs, full system EQ, 2 stage monitors, up to 4 house speakers
  • 3 hours needed to load in, set up, tune the system, and sound check
  • Years of professional sound experience
  • Playlists: light instrumental, pop, bluegrass, wedding classics
Stage Lighting
 
  • A nice touch indoors or after the sun goes down outside
  • Low-profile rig for stage lighting
  • (4) Chauvet Par-VW Lights
  • Set up takes about 30 minutes
Wedding Ceremony Music
 
  • Violin, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass
  • 20 min. of prelude music during the seating of guests
  • Early American, Traditional, Instrumental Hymns, Country Love Songs
  • Joyful music for bridal party to finish exiting
Hit The Road And Go
Johnny Cash
Fluid, Smooth Fiddle Music!
Featuring Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Dan Kelly
I Will
Alison Krauss
Carolina In My Mind
James Taylor
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Here Comes The Sun
Beatles - Acoustic Version
Swept Away
Avett Brothers
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Banjo Showpieces
Featuring Michael and Jennifer on Banjos
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Forever Young
Bob Dylan
When You Say Nothing At All
Alison Krauss
I've Just Seen A Face
Beatles - Our Own Bluegrass Version
Down To The River To Pray
Alison Krauss
Home
Philip Phillips
Steel Rails
Alison Krauss
Country Roads
John Denver
Song For Life
Alison Krauss
Restless
Carl Perkins
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
Bonnie Raitt & Ray Charles
Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash
My Baby Thinks He's A Train
Roseanne Cash
Act Naturally
Buck Owens
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Acoustic Swing
Offering
Avett Brothers
Forever and Ever Amen
Randy Travis
Away Down The River
Alison Krauss
Rocky Top
Traditional Bluegrass
You're Just A Country Boy
Alison Krauss
I Don't Know Why
Shaun Colvin
Sweet Georgia Brown
Acoustic Swing
Busy Bee Cafe
Marty Stuart
God Bless The Broken Road
Rascal Flatts
Would You Go With Me
Josh Turner
Lord, Don't Let Me Fail
Mahalia Jackson
Man of Constant Sorrow
Soggy Bottom Boys
Shuckin The Corn
Jennifer On Banjo
Fly Me To The Moon
Acoustic Swing
Maiden's Prayer
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Whiskey Before Breakfast
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Whoa Mule
Jennifer on Banjo
St. Annes Reel
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Faded Love
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Cherokee Shuffle
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Ashokan Farewell
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
El Cumbanchero
Michael On Banjo
Road to Columbus
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Minor Swing
Acoustic Swing
I'm Goin Be Movin
Bluegrass Gospel
Kentucky Waltz
Wedding ceremony
Love Letters In the Sand
Acoustic Swing
Cincinnati Rag
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Pardon Me
Jim & Jesse McReynolds
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Michael and Jennifer On Two Banjos
Redwing
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Grandfather's Clock
michael on banjo
Sledd Ridin
Osborne Brothers
Let The Light Shine Down On Me
Bill Monroe
On The Sea Of Life
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Up This Hill And Down
Acoustic Swing
Sing, Sing, Sing
Bluegrass Gospel
Jesus Hold My Hand
Bluegrass Gospel
Workin' On A Building
Bluegrass Gospel
Tennessee Waltz
bluegrass
Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown
Cox Family
This World Is Not My Home
Bluegrass Gospel
Kentucky Wind
Contemporary Bluegrass
Those Memories
Contemporary Bluegrass
Mozart's Rondo Ala Turk
Featuring Michael on Banjo
Lady Of Spain
Michael and Jennifer on Two Banjos
Canon In D
Wedding Ceremony
Margaret's Waltz
featuring grand master fiddle champion, Dan kelly
Flower In The Wildwood
bluegrass
Wildwood Flower
bluegrass
I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
Cox family
Keep On The Sunnyside
Bluegrass
Long Tall Texan
bluegrass
Mcintosh
Michael McLain
Lorelei
michael on banjo
Star Of Munster
Irish instrumental
Old Joe Clark
Michael and Jennifer on Two Banjos
Gracie
Michael McLain
Katy, Bar The Door
Michael McLain
Boom Town
Jennifer McLain
Roving Gambler
Traditional Bluegrass
Are You Missing Me
Traditional Bluegrass
Head Over Heels In Love With You
Traditional Bluegrass
Listening To The Rain
Traditional Bluegrass
Rose Of Old Kentucky
Traditional Bluegrass
Going To See My Baby
Traditional Bluegrass
Sunny Side of the Mountain
Traditional Bluegrass
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Traditional Bluegrass
Nobody's Darlin' But Mine
Wedding
Battle Hymn Of Love
Wedding
Never Ending Love For You
Wedding
Ode To Joy
Wedding - Classical
Twilight and Mist
Wedding - Classical
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Wedding - Classical
I Cross My Heart
George Strait
Be Thou My Vision
Wedding - Hymn
What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Instrumental)
Wedding - Hymn
Amazing Grace
Wedding - Hymn
Come Thou Fount
Wedding - Hymn
There Is A Fountain
Wedding - Hymn
Doxology
Michael on Banjo
Our Song
Rosemary McLain Ware
Just As Long As I Have You
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Trade Shows
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Cocktail Parties
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Commitment Ceremonies
Kentucky Derby Parties
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Please note Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats will also travel to Edneyville, Enka, Skyland, Wilson, Flat Rock, Hendersonville, East Flat Rock, Gerton, Montreat, Naples, Saluda, Mountain Home, Ridgecrest, Bat Cave, Lake Lure, Mill Spring, Fletcher, Tryon, Dana, Chimney Rock, Fairview, Zirconia, Arden, Concord, Columbus, Chapel Hill, Etowah, Horse Shoe, Landrum, Tuxedo.
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