Evan and John Marshall Duo, AKA The Fiddlin' Marshalls

Brothers Evan and John Marshall specialize in performing the music they call “Classgrass,” a celebration not only of the peaceful coexistence, but the actual blissful union of Classical and Bluegrass music.
“Classgrass” is concertos and hoedowns, instrumental virtuosity and pickin’ & grinnin’, all combined to create a one-of-a-kind concert.
Audiences have a down-home, toe-tappin’ good time along with an unforgettable listening experience.
Evan and John Marshall have brought their Classgrass to Symphony Halls all across the U.S.A., including Featured Guest Artist appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Tulsa Philharmonic, as well as the Houston, Long Beach, Wichita, New Mexico, Fort Worth, Grand Rapids, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Phoenix, and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras. They have also played numerous Performing Arts Centers, State and County Fairs (over 400 shows at the Puyallup/Washington State Fair), Bluegrass and Folk Music Festivals, Park Concerts, Schools and Colleges, Convention Centers, Listening Rooms, and private homes.

Fiddler and bassist, John W. Marshall received his music degree from Occidental College, where he served as Concertmaster of the orchestra and studied with the legendary concert violinist Robert Gross. John is an innovator on the bass fiddle, and is regarded by many as Bluegrass music's premier slap-bass virtuoso.

Mandolinist and fiddler, Evan J. Marshall is a virtuoso musician and entertainer, regarded by fellow mandolinists as the premier solo performer in "Duo-Style." By himself, he sounds like several of the world’s finest mandolinists performing together. Country guitar legend Chet Atkins called Evan “One of the few great musicians of our time.”

Billy and the Hillbillies

“The best bluegrass band west of Los Angeles, the best overall(s) band in the country!”

Billy and the Hillbillies specializes in performing the music of the backwoods of the Santa Monica Mountains. They have concertized all across the USA, including Featured Guest Artist engagements with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Houston, Long Beach, Wichita, New Mexico, Fort Worth, Phoenix, Jacksonville, and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras, to name a few.

Founder, leader, and bassist, John W. Marshall received his music degree from Occidental College, where he served as Concertmaster of the orchestra and studied with the legendary concert violinist Robert Gross.  John is an innovator on the bass fiddle, and is regarded by many as Bluegrass music's premier slap-bass virtuoso.

Mandolinist and fiddler, Evan J. Marshall is a virtuoso musician and entertainer, regarded by fellow mandolinists as the premier solo performer in "Duo-Style." By himself, he sounds like several of the world’s finest mandolinists performing together. Country guitar legend Chet Atkins called Evan “One of the few great musicians of our time."

Comedian and guitarist, John Eaden brings a unique blend of music and comedy to the stage.  He has performed as “Ephraim” in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, “Bernardo” in West Side Story, and  “Coniglio” in Pagliacci with Placido Domingo, and has had a recurring role as “Charles the Maitre D” on General Hospital.

Percussionist and guitarist, Arshag Chookoorian, a graduate of California State University, Northridge, has worked in nearly every phase of the music industry. As a percussionist, guitarist and vocalist, Arshag has performed with show groups on the Nevada Hotel circuit. His credits also include numerous motion picture and television appearances including Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat, The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, Full House, and feature films Protocol and Heartbreakers. Arshag has released numerous CDs on the Lightning Records label.

Evan J. Marshall and Brian Oberlin: “Twin Mandolin Slingers”

Evan J. Marshall and Brian Oberlin are kindred spirits with split personalities, musically speaking: Their devotion to the mandolin transcends any one style, as they both love Bluegrass, Western Swing, Classical, and Italian traditions.

Evan and Brian met in 2002, and because each has a career as a solo performer and master teacher, they ran into each other occasionally at mandolin conferences over the next several years. In 2012 they gave their first concerts together, and have toured and concertized as a duo many times since then.

In response to audience demand, Evan and Brian released their first duo CD in 2015, Twin Mandolin Slingers.

Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed solo mandolinist and educator.  In 2016, he celebrated his professional career by releasing his 20th album, Troubadour, which highlights Brian’s songwriting. Along with the numerous award-winning bands (GER Mandolin Orchestra with Mike Marshall, Grasshoppah, and a duo album with Evan J. Marshall) and ensembles he has collaborated with throughout the United States and Europe, Brian is also the founder and director of the River of the West Mandolin Camp and the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra.  

Brian was a top ten finalist at the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Contest, an instructor/performer at the 2012 & 2013 International Mandolin Academy in Italy, a featured soloist at the 2014 EuroFest Plucked String Festival in Bruchsal, Germany, and a featured soloist at the 2015 Mandolin Upgrade festival in Berlin, Germany.  

When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at art centers, cultural events, festivals, camps, music schools and academies.  Originally from Rockford, Michigan, he now lives in Portland, Oregon. www.mandoberlin.com
 
Collings MF5 and Gilchrist 5C. 
Oh - also Brian and Evan.

Collings MF5 and Gilchrist 5C. Oh - also Brian and Evan.

Estudiantina de San Gabriel

Although Evan is best known for being a one-man mandolin band, he also loves to perform in ensembles. Some music, like the Classical Concerto, calls for both: A soloist has a conversation with an orchestra, interrupted by the Grand Cadenza, in which the soloist takes off on an unaccompanied excursion; he then returns to the conversation, and soloist and orchestra conclude together.
 
Evan has been writing Grand Cadenzas of late, further adventures in creating new solo repertory for the mandolin. Now to find an orchestra with which to record the rest of the Concerto…
 
Another recent project has been arranging Old-Time fiddle tunes in four-part harmony, borrowing a technique used by J. S. Bach in the Brandenburg Concertos. According to Evan: “They’re fiddle tunes that think they’re Baroque Concertos, being played by an orchestra that thinks it’s a jam session.”
 
In order to record these projects of an orchestral nature, Evan formed Estudiantina de San Gabriel, his in-studio mandolin quintet. Liberty ‘N’ Whiskey are examples of Old-Time fiddle tunes in neo-Baroque four-part harmony.