The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor.
Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For their newest album, Stranger Places, released in 2016, the band challenged the limits of what they are capable of, exploring the gamut of what can be done with strings. The result is a collection of fun, stunning songs featuring inimitable instrumental performances.
The band was started in 2008 by Adam Shier, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and driving force behind The Unseen Strangers. The band quickly recorded an album and was excited to win a Music Nova Scotia Award in 2009 for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year. The group has grown immensely from these small beginnings but the same goal remains, to play new, energetic bluegrass music while respecting the incredible lineage of its tradition. They’ve been on the roster for several forward thinking festivals, including Delfest, where they won the band competition in 2013 and were selected to Showcase at IBMA 2016.
The Unseen Strangers are Adam Shier (guitar), James McEleney (bass), Matt Elwood (banjo) and Mike Mezzatesta (mandolin).