The Last Revel
From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting-edge, folksy bluegrass soundscapes of The Last Revel. Performing energetic shows from coast-to-coast, this powerfully talented trio consists of Vincenzio Donatelle on fiddle, bass, and vocals, Ryan Acker on banjo, guitar, and vocals, and Lee Henke on banjo, guitar, and vocals. They naturally blend the genres of folk, rockabilly bluegrass, old-time string-band, and rock to create a fresh, new sound rooted in the storied history of American folk music. Their mastery of the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, five-string banjo, harmonica, and kick drum create haunting ballads and “bombastic live performances".
With bone-stirring, three-part harmonies, the trio takes a raw look at modern folk music and caps it off with a bluegrass swagger that often brings crowds to their feet. Their uniqueness sets the band apart from many of today's bluegrass and Americana musicians. They tell stories and the music is tight, with touches of Celtic and gypsy tones appearing in some songs. They clearly have been playing together a long time, making it look fun and easy. Acker has a plaintive voice that draws the audience in; Donatelle’s voice has an aspirated edge that makes the audience come in a little closer. From subtle banjo licks to roaring fiddle solos to powerfully stirring lyrics and compelling choruses that will leave one humming for hours, The Last Revel has successfully honed in on a sound they can call their own. In April of 2017, they released their third album "Hazard & Fate".
The band got their start while attending school in Mankato, Minnesota, but make their home—or park their van—in the Twin Cities now. Amid their travels, they've found time to write new songs together, fish for trout, and carve wooden spoons.