Guitarist Hayes Griffin and mandolinist Nate Roberts are leading the charge in West Michigan’s 
progressive acoustic music scene. With over 30 years of combined experience in the world of folk and 
traditional music, Hayes and Nate blend influences such as bluegrass, jazz, Irish, and classical to create a 
truly unique sound. 


Nate Roberts is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Westfield, NY. In 2013, Nate earned his MM 
in Jazz Performance (Guitar) from the University of Oregon, after having completed his BM in Jazz 
Studies at Hope College in 2011. He also received a scholarship for Mandolin Performance and attended 
Berklee College of Music from 2007-2009, where he studied with mandolinist John McGann. Nate is 
currently on faculty in the jazz department at Hope College in Holland, MI, where he also directs the 
new and growing Folk Music program. 


Hayes Griffin was raised in central Ohio and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI. In 2012, Hayes earned 
an MM in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory under the private 
instruction of John McGann, having completed his B.A. in Music Performance at Denison University in 
2010. Currently, Hayes teaches History of Rock and Roll at Grand Valley State University and runs Built to 
Last Music Notes, LLC, a transcription and music publishing service.

Hayes and Nate will be releasing their debut album in January of 2019!

For information on booking, please download our EPK below.

Electronic Press Kit Information for booking inquiries. 7.76 MB