Buttonwillow was born when Charissa Hoffman (ukulele) and Lucy Nelligan (fiddle) were the only ones who showed up to the swing jam. After playing two and a half swing songs, Lucy and Charissa realized they also shared a love of poetry, blues, world music, and clawhammer banjo. They enjoy navigating the dynamic between fiddle and ukulele, and are always looking for ways to redefine the limitations of their instruments. Their repertoire includes a blend of original music and obscure covers ranging from Django Reinhardt to Norwegian folk music. They hope their songs encourage listeners to explore new genres and instrumentations.
Since releasing their debut EP, Fast & Loose, Buttonwillow has performed at Grey Fox and Freshgrass festivals through the Berklee American Roots Program.