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The Band

Wolf & Clover started as a side project among a group of friends in Columbus, GA.  We enjoyed playing together and wanted to share our music with our friends, so we started a Facebook page. We got some great responses to our videos and surprisingly, we started getting asked to play in public. Now we go play at church services, festivals, fundraisers, dances, museums, and pubs. It’s been a blast so far, and it’s always interesting to see where we’ll go next!  We’re at the beginning of our traditional music adventure, and loving every minute of it, especially our work with Columbus, GA-based singer Matt Kirkley who will be appearing on our upcoming album.

Photo credits on this site all belong to the fabulous Bryan Canonigo.

If you would like to have us play at an upcoming event, send us a message on our Wolf & Clover Facebook Page or send us an email at info@wolfandclover.com with the date, time range, place, event info, and any other important details.

Members

Justin Belew – guitar, accordion, vocals

Justin Belew, a graduate of Point University, holds a degree in Philosophy of Music Ministry with a minor in piano performance. He has worked as a music minister for most of his professional life, and has recently completed construction on his own recording studio. Justin specializes in voiceover, demo, and boutique recording as well as performance. He is known for his ability to play, teach, and arrange music in a wide variety of settings. He lives in Columbus with his wife Jenna. His website is justinbelew.com.

Jessica Bennett – fiddle, vocals

Jessica Bennett, a native of Columbus, GA, began violin lessons at the age of 6. Jessica graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, concentrating on music education, viola, and instrument repair. Her passion for music has taken her all over the U.S. with competitions, recording projects, and performances as a soloist and ensemble member. Recently Jessica has recorded in Nashville and Franklin, TN for several country music artists, performed with the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra, and worked with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus as a string instructor and mentor for the violin ensemble. She has also worked with the Columbus Symphony and other organizations as a violin instructor for the Empowered Youth of Columbus program. Jessica’s private studio, JLB Music Studio, offers music lessons and services in Columbus, GA and the surrounding areas. Jessica conducts private lessons and group lessons for violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass guitar, piano, mandolin, and voice. She also teaches guitar and violin privately at Brookstone School.

Matthew McCabe – bouzoukis, tenor banjo

Matthew McCabe is currently Assistant Professor of Audio Technology at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Florida, an M.M. in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Richmond. He has an extensive list of credits as a recording engineer of primarily concert hall music, and teaches audio engineering and production as well as composition and popular music courses at CSU. He also performs regularly on bass with Columbus-based bluesman Neal Lucas. His website is euph0r1a.net.

Stephanie Payne – whistles & flutes

Stephanie Payne is currently the Executive Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus and the wind player for Wolf & Clover. She grew up in Ringgold, Georgia, studying flute with Norma Anderson, piccoloist of the Chattanooga Symphony Opera and Orchestra, since third grade. She earned a Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance from the Schwob School of Music and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from the D. Abbott Turner College of Business at Columbus State University. Stephanie then completed her M.A. in Arts Administration at Florida State University where she held internships with a variety of performing arts organizations and was an active member of the FSU Irish Music Ensemble. She continues to perform as a freelance flutist in the Columbus region, and has attended and performed at the Oberlin Summer Institute, Wildacres Flute Retreat, Domaine Forget, and 2012 National Flute Association Convention.