202 South Broadway Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
The duo of Sutphin and Levy is the most unique Southern old-time duo performing today. Their music is deeply rooted in the musical tradition of the Southern Piedmont and combines extraordinary musicianship with innovative arrangements.
Both learned directly from the same luminaries in the decade of the 1960s. Kirk is recognized as the reincarnation of the Tommy Jarrell’s style. He is also a masterful banjo player in the style of Fred Cockerham and Charlie Poole. Bertram is one of the original members of the legendary Hollow Rock String Band, which is credited with launching the instrumental old time music revival. His hard driving nylon string clawhammer banjo style is in a class of its own. He is also a skilled musical arranger and recently published a second concertina tutor entitled “American Fiddle Styles for the Anglo Concertina”.
The Sutphin and Levy concerts are filled with great tunes with that Piedmont swing and stories about the old timer’s who taught them. Their newly released second album “Two Peas in a Pod” is an imaginative look at the Round Peak music of Surry County, North Carolina and is the most musically adventurous Round Peak album ever recorded.