about

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 started getting asked to play in public. Now we 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 still at the beginning of our traditional music adventure, and loving every minute of it.

Stephanie Payne plays Abell Whistles, an Olwell Irish Flute, and a Wm S. Haynes silver flute.  Matthew McCabe plays a Clareen Banjo.  Justin Belew, Matthew McCabe, and Julian Chalon play various instruments built or restored by Frank Schley of Silvan Guitars, headquartered right here in Columbus, GA.

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, Justin holds a B.S. degree in Music Philosophy with a minor in piano performance. Justin has worked over twenty-five years as a professional musician for schools and churches. He has a full music production studio that he operates where he specializes in recording professional voice overs and jingles, “demos”, and boutique album projects of various budget sizes. Justin has recorded and performed with commercial and independent musicians alike. He is known for his ability to teach, play, and arrange for many different types of instruments. He resides in Columbus, GA with his wife, Jenna. (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.

Julian Chalon – guitar

Julian Chalon has been playing guitar for over 25 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of North Texas.  He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in guitar performance at Columbus State University.  As a classical guitarist he has performed in the Southwest U.S., Italy, Croatia, and Spain, and received first place in the Mountain View Guitar Festival and Competition. In his downtime, he enjoys writing music for both classical and electric guitar.

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 is also a student of the Irish Language and has participated in immersion programs and coursework for the last several years. 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 flute and whistles player for Wolf & Clover. She studied with Norma Anderson, piccoloist of the Chattanooga Symphony Opera and Orchestra, starting in 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 the Tallahassee Bach Parley, Tallahassee’s Council on Culture & Arts, FSU Summer Music Camps, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. and was an active member of the FSU Irish Music Ensemble. She continues to perform as a freelance flutist in the Columbus region. She has attended and performed at the Oberlin Summer Institute, Wildacres Flute Retreat, Domaine Forget, National Flute Association Convention, and the Georgia Music Educators’ Conference.

 

On Leave

Jeremy Bass – guitar, mandolin

Jeremy Bass, a graduate of Columbus State University (MM, 2013) and the University of Kentucky (DMA, 2017), Jeremy Bass recently returned to Columbus to direct the guitar program at Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts. As a classical guitarist he has focused on chamber music and works by living composers. He has performed throughout the eastern United States, as well as in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Ecuador. He began playing traditional Irish music as a teenager in the Washington, DC area, winning the Mid-Atlantic Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann competition twice on DADGAD guitar. He also plays mandolin and octave mandolin.  Jeremy is currently in Spain on a Fulbright Scholarship, studying Spanish guitar music and working with composers.  His solo album of music by David Del Puerto will be released in 2019.