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A special combination: the drive of bluegrass and the original lyricism of folk, delivered by one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Vocalist Colby Crehan brings this sound to audiences with the Vermont band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004 by husband-wife team Ryan (banjo player) and Colby Crehan and lead guitarist Charley Eiseman, the group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Mandolinist Stephen Waud joined the group in 2009 and bassist Mitch Barron in 2013.

Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Crehan's skilled songwriting. Crehan’s song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year, and Crehan named Vermont Vocalist of the Year (Tammie Awards, Times-Argus).

In addition to finely-crafted music provided by the entire band, front man Ryan Crehan makes audiences feel right at home with wonderful stage presence and wry humor. PossumHaw is what the Northeast folk and bluegrass music scene is all about—excellent original acoustic live music delivered with skill, sincerity, and personality.

The band is:

Colby Crehan: lead vocals, guitar, piano
Stephen Waud: mandolin, vocals
Ryan Crehan: banjo, vocals, harmonica
Charley Eiseman: lead guitar, vocals
Mitch Barron: upright bass, vocals

PossumHaw has produced four full-length albums: Waiting and Watching (2014), Fortune’s Name (2010), Madtom (2007) and Split-rail (2005). The band has appeared at Caffe Lena, the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, First Night Burlington, Higher Ground, the Long Trail Festival, and at venues throughout the Northeast.

Here’s what critics are saying about PossumHaw:

On the new album, Waiting and Watching:
"Superb" -Addison County Independent
"The best female vocalist in country music this state has produced in many years" -Rutland Herald/Barre-Montpelier Times Argus
"Crehan has penned a few instant classics" -Robert Resnik, Seven Days
"Easygoing beauty" -Burlington Free Press

Other reviews:

"PossumHaw has a classic bluegrass line-up, but rather than the barn burning hoedown you might expect they use their instruments with spare, exquisite nuance. For listeners that get turned on by precise arrangements, they'll find PossumHaw impressive. And for those who go to the words, Colby Crehan's sultry, kind voice delivers story lines that are riveting. This is a band that can go light and heavy, solemn and joyful, fast and slow. We have a demanding audience, and they were delighted by PossumHaw's first visit. " -Sarah Craig, Director, Caffe Lena

“Crehan is, in this writer’s estimation, a shooting star in the world of bluegrass music…PossumHaw, with Colby Crehan starring, has now entered the top level of Green Mountain bluegrass bands” –Art Edelstein, The Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT

“PossumHaw deliver sterling arrangements that are polished to a shine” -Robert Resnik, Seven Days, Burlington, VT

“Colby’s voice is front-porch real and otherwordly sweet...The voices of the men in the band blend well with each other and Colby, giving PossumHaw depth and variety to the sonic palette. Sweet New England bluegrass!” –Michael Devlin, Music Matters (on-line review)

“Slice-of-heaven vocals” –Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT

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Updated 2/15