Sparrow Blue from Massachusetts is making their Tennessee Debut at the Acoustic Coffeehouse in Johnson City on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 10pm. The acoustic roots songwriting duo features Katy Boc on Fiddle and Todd Nickerson on Guitar. Sparrow Blue’s energetic and thoughtful original music is influenced by traditional, bluegrass, country, and folk.
Having met in 2014, Katy and Todd began writing songs together after discovering a mutual love for American roots music. It wasn’t long before they began performing as a duo, featuring their original songs. Over the past year, Sparrow Blue has performed at venues such as the Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Club Passim, TOAD Cambridge, Atwoods Tavern, and Rockwood Music Hall. In November of 2015 they released their debut album “Mabel. ” Sparrow Blue is planning to release their second album in 2017.
As a fiddler and violinist, Katy has performed throughout the country for more than twenty years. Katy received her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied viola with Roger Myers. With years of classical training behind her, she began exploring other styles of music, focusing primarily on American roots music and bluegrass. In addition to playing fiddle, she also plays viola, mandolin, ukulele, and sings. She frequently performs with bands throughout New England including Girls, Guns & Glory, CrabGrass Bluegrass Band, and 6 East. In addition to performing, Katy teaches violin, viola, fiddle, and mandolin to students of all ages at her private teaching studio on the south shore of Massachusetts.
Todd is a founding member of the Americana Band 6 East and has been performing throughout New England for more than ten years. 6 East released two full length albums of original songs (‘Living the Dream’ – 2011 and ‘Rising’ – 2013), both of which received significant radio airplay in Americana and Jam Band radio formats, as well as international radio play. Todd plays guitar and harmonica.