Band Bio

Virginia Hollow is a band and a sound born from the hills, valleys and mountains of Appalachia. Their performances and music take you on a journey fraught with raw emotions and stories of love, trust, betrayal, and longing. When all is said and done, the haunting melodies of Carrie Hinkley's soulful voice are hard to shake off and instead keep returning and playing in one's mind, like an untamed mantra of beauty and tragedy. This is a band whose time has come to be reckoned with.

Carrie Hinkley: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar

Alan Graf: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin

Sue Winchester: Upright Bass & Harmony Vocals

 Americana, Folk Rock, Country

 

More About the Band

Alan started his musical career at 12 years old playing classical piano, quickly abandoning that for electric guitar after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. From that point on, Graf has helped start a few bands that have achieved international recognition as well as working as a session musician and member for bands in Portland, Oregon and Nashville Tn. He currently resides in Floyd, Virginia and plays guitar, banjo and mandolin for Virginia Hollow and other local groups.

 

 

Carrie is a singer songwriter from Dublin, Virginia. In May, 2017 she released her self-titled album that was recorded at Windfall Studios in Floyd, Virginia. 

 

 

 

Starting at a very early age, Sue was singing British folk tunes and Gilbert and Sullivan, along with her English grandfather on zither, and her dad on piano.  Her first instrument was flute, and she studied music as a minor in college.  At 12, Sue and her older brother began performing together, guitar and vocals, for the Navy hospital on Guam; they kept the duo going for several years.  Sue went solo in her late teens and 20’s, singing and finger-picking 6- and 12-string guitar at clubs all over the island of St. Thomas.  Years later, an interest in bluegrass prompted a curiosity about upright bass…and all else was forgotten.  Who cares that you can fit a flute, or a guitar, into any vehicle…it was a love affair with the upright from that moment on, to the exclusion of everything else.  She played 12 years with the Shuey Brothers bluegrass band in Pennsylvania, and is a frequent co-host at the Floyd Country Store’s Sunday bluegrass jams.  Playing and harmonizing Carrie’s original songs, in the Virginia Hollow trio format, is both a challenge, and, a blessing.