Dirk & Amelia Powell
Dirk Powell is a musician with deep roots in several rural American styles, particularly Appalachian and Cajun music. He learned banjo and fiddle from his grandfather in Kentucky and has a longstanding connection to Louisiana, where he has lived since the early 1990s. He has performed and recorded with musicians such as Joan Baez, Jack White, Loretta Lynn, and Levon Helm, and contributed to films such as “Cold Mountain” and “In the Electric Mist.” Dirk’s original songs and records have had an international impact. He performs regularly on fiddle, button accordion, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and piano, while singing a soulful mix of original and traditional songs. Dirk toured with Eric Clapton in 2016 and was featured on Eric’s album, “I Still Do.”
Amelia Powell, like her father, Dirk Powell, has deep musical roots on both sides of the family. Her grandfather Dewey Balfa, along with her great-uncles the Balfa Brothers, were essential in bringing Cajun music to international awareness in the 1960s and 70s. That soulfulness and depth is present in her music. Despite still being in her teens, Amelia has appeared in films such as “Behold the Earth” and been featured on television performing traditional music in the US, Ireland, and Scotland. She has recorded and performed with MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Rhiannon Giddens and been part of many award-winning projects.