"They say nothing makes you a better banjo player than a North Carolina birth certificate."
This could not be truer for Raleigh, North Carolina born Gregg Welty. After moving to Western New York at a young age, he grew up listening to the sounds of his father's banjo playing, Eric Welty, the 1993 National Bluegrass Banjo Champion. In true like-father-like-son fashion, Gregg quickly became nationally-known as one of the best competition banjoist in the country. He holds over 10 state banjo championship titles, more than any other banjo player - even his dad!
Gregg held the banjo-position for Gold Heart and Big Leg Emma in 2013/2014, played banjo full-time for The Allegheny Drifters for the 2014-2015 season, and spent the latter half of 2017 touring with the professional touring and highly-regarded bluegrass band, Blue Mafia.
After the release of his first solo album, Memoir, which was recognized as one of the top bluegrass albums of the year by Billboard, Airplay Direct, & Bluegrass Today - Gregg has sought to bring audiences one of the tightest, professional, and best bluegrass bands the country has to offer. With the impending release of his second project, Community, Gregg is ready to expand his touring schedule and bring his world-class show to you!
More info on Services provided:
Private events - Always wanted that authentic barn wedding? Or a rustic appalachian mountain ambiance to your family reunion to compliment your toothless Uncle Joe - I can handle it. I have performed backyard private parties, family reunions, graduation parties, birthday parties of all ages, corporate events, weddings, and ... Well, I've done plenty of other things I'm not proud of... :)
I have a full sound/ PA system available to provide for your event needs (speeches, background music between, before, or after sets, and of course, for the live music). I'm also available to provide additional DJ services(bluegrass and not) to suit your event needs. This has been a big hit with weddings!
Bluegrass festivals - I am a seasoned bluegrass professional that can reliably provide family-friendly and memorable entertainment to your festival audience, sure to be a festival favorite. My fellow band members that I bring with me are similar seasoned bluegrass professionals who have played in countless professional touring bands (NOTE: I have and am willing to provide festival references.)
Restaurant/ Bar- Want banjo music to cater to your bearded, flannel-wearing, craft-beer drinking regulars? Look no further. We can do that too.