Press Kit


Effortlessly crafting a fusion of folk, classical, jazz, and blues, the Galen Kipar Project has been hailed as “complex yet accessible” and “cohesive and poignant” with “experimental folk masterpieces.” Based in Asheville, GKP recently released their fourth album in five years The Scenic Route which features the unique sonorous sound that has become the band’s trademark. “This is folk and blues done so well, with bits of jazz and funk thrown in making it that much more enjoyable,” states Origivation Magazine.

Their most recent release, The Scenic Route, was listed in WNCW's Top 100 Albums of 2010! Host of the Grateful Dead Hour, David Gans states about the album, “It's like a collection of short stories, brilliantly constructed and with a unique and compelling literary voice. I keep coming back to each song, listening more deeply and being drawn more deeply in. I was knocked out by their last CD, and was hoping I'd like the next one even half as much; if anything, I like this one twice as much.” WNC Magazine calls the album, "intricate and memorable, sophisticated and relaxed."

The GKP was featured on WNCW’s 2010 Crowd Around the Mic Compilation CD with artists such as Darrell Scott, Jeff Sipe and Ike Stubblefield, Muddy Waters Reunion Band, Drivin & Cryin’ and Jim Lauderdale. Their hit October Snow was used in a commercial promoting the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and the WNC Farmers Market Association and was also a finalist in the Google TV for All Contest.

The fan base of the Galen Kipar Project is growing exponentially, with a strong regional presence in the Southeast plus U.S. national touring, including performances at Magnolia Fest, Springfest, FloydFest, Six Points Music Festival, and the Crested Butte Music Series. The GKP has also played the Knitting Factory in NYC and to a jam-packed, toe-tapping crowd at the Kennedy Center’s renowned Millennium Stage in Washington DC. The New River Voice recalled from 2010, “If the Pied Piper-like migration of people to the stage during their FloydFest performance this past summer is any kind of barometer, the band is on an immutable trajectory of permeating Southwest Virginia with their versatile, yet immediately attainable sonority.”

Tour Publicity Contact

Dreamspider Publicity, Erin Scholze. Representing Donna the Buffalo, Acoustic Syndicate, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Galen Kipar Project, Mad Tea Party, Jonathon Scales... WEBSITE:


Americana Roots with Folk Blues, Jazz Funk and Classical influence.


4 hrs. of original material.
1 hr. of cover material.
Specifically, 95% originals depending on the event. 5% covers depending on the requests.

Set length- 1 to 2 hour sets. Typically two sets if GKP is the headliner. If opening for or supporting another band, preferred set length is 60 min.


Ben Portwood - Upright Bass, Vocals
Lyndsay Pruett - Violin, Vocals
Jeremy Young - Drum Kit, Percussion
Galen Kipar - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Compostion.

Frequent Guests

Aaron Ballance - Pedal Steel, Dobro
Jason Maloney - Percussion

Solo - Galen Kipar...vocals, guitar, harmonica

Stage Plots

Past performance Venues

Imperial TheatreAugusta, GA
Soul BarAugusta, GA
MissionAugusta, GA
Metro Coffee HouseAugusta, GA
Arts in the Heart FestivalAugusta, GA
Garden City Music FestivalAugusta, GA
Phinizy Swamp FestivalAugusta, GA
Eddie's AtticAtlanta, GA
Smith’s Olde BarAtlanta, GA
The LoftColumbus, GA
DT’s DownunderAthens, GA
Pourhouse Music HallCharleston, SC
Awendaw GreenCharleston, SC
OceanSong Cafe'Charleston, SC
Barrier Island Surf ShopCharleston, SC
WindjammerIsle of Palms, SC
Arts Bar and GrillJames Island, SC
Aiken Brewing CompanyAiken, SC
Evening MuseCharlotte, NC
CanyonsBlowing Rock, NC
Jordan St. Cafe'Brevard, NC
White Squirrel FestivalBrevard, NC
Brevard CollegeBrevard, NC
Paul Porter Performing Arts CenterBrevard, NC
GarageWinston-Salem, NC
Howard's PubOcracoke Island, NC
Holly Hill Farm FestivalPisgah Forest, NC
Gorges Music FestivalLake Toxaway, NC
WNCW 887. Studio BAsheville, NC
Gypsy Moon Sofa BarAsheville, NC
Town PumpBlack Mountain, NC
HI YAK FestivalFontana Village, NC
Grey EagleAsheville, NC
Lexington Ave. BreweryAsheville, NC
Pritchard Park Music SeriesAsheville, NC
Deerfields Music ParkAsheville, NC
Cashiers Leaf FestivalCashiers, NC
French Broad Brewing Co.Asheville, NC
Warren Wilson CollegeNC
Purple OnionSaluda, NC
Boone SaloonBoone, NC
CaveChapel Hill, NC
Southern Village Music FestivalChapel Hill, NC
Backstreet PubBeaufort, NC
Old Hickory Tap RoomHickory, NC
Soul Infusion CoffeehouseSylva, NC
Barley’s Tap RoomNC
University of Tennessee ChattanoogaTN
New World SchoolVirginia Beach
Urbanna Oyster FestivalVA
Cafe MojoVA
Blue 5Roanoke, VA
NRG House of MusicRoanoke, VA
Martin's Downtown BarRoanoke, VA
ParadoxRoanoke, VA
202 MarketRoanoke, VA
Cary St.Richmond, VA
Cabo Fish TacoBlacksburg, VA
ShenanigansRichmond, Va
Strathmore MansionDC
Six Points Music FestivalDC
Festival of the SongGreenbelt, MD
Knitting FactoryNYC
Sherbino TheaterRidgeway, CO
Shinning StarNederland, CO
Crested Butte Music SeriesCrested Butte, CO
Gunnison BreweryGunnison, CO
Bongo Billy'sSalida, CO
Southern SunBoulder, CO
Miller's CrossingHelena, MT
Top HatMissoula, MT
43 NorthJackson Hole, WY
Rickshaw StopSan Francisco, CA
Magnolia FestLive Oak, FL