Our Story

ROOT 2 MUSIC began as the musical intersection of Deep South country blues and Celtic/Appalachian fiddle music. 

Root 2 Music features fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, percussion plus additional miscellaneous instruments.  David Frank and Nancy Reid began Root 2 Music over 15 years ago.  Nancy’s sister, Mary Beth Young Coffee, of the successful Celtic group “Beggar’s Circus”, sometimes plays in Root 2 Music.  The group's many musical friends may also join in.  Root 2 Music has won recognition at the Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop) and at the International Blues Challenge (Beale Street, Memphis) and is well known along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia for fun and music.  In mathematical terms, Root 2 cannot be expressed as the ratio of two integers.  Irrational? Yes!  Nondeterministic? Perhaps, but always a pleasant surprise.

Highlights and Recognition:

  • Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge - represented Charlotte NC, Richmond VA, Sedallia/Lynchburg VA
  • Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop): Best Original Song (2015), Neo-Trad Finalists (2015, 2022)
  • Album "Appalachian Blues" from BeArCade Studios