Handful Of Luvin'
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Seattle, WA
Self Labeled

Handful Of Luvin'

A rock quartet featuring a rocking classically trained violinist, Handful refers to their music as "fiddle driven roots rock," and their cheerful blend of folk-rock, reggae and world rhythms, plus secondhand baroque and Celtic influences with catchy pop hooks, strongly recalls the vintage sound of Actual Tigers, the madness of Flogging Molly, and the moodier, more experimental side of Wilco. The band 'Handful of Luvin' originally began in the spring of 2002 when front man David John & Andrew Joslyn {fiddler} met at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. At the time David John was promoting his own second self-produced solo album 'Blue Room,' and had a considerable fan following in Seattle and Bellingham. Andrew on the other hand was a classically trained musician who had decided to pursue freer styles of fiddle playing such as Scots Irish, Blues, Gypsy, and also rock fiddle. When the two met, and began playing with each other, Andrew's fiddle complimented David's unique guitar work and soulful vocals perfectly. In the fall of 2003 they began performing together & immediately realized the potential of their sound, and quickly set about forming a band. Moving to Seattle in 2005, David John(vocals and guitar) and Andrew Joslyn (violin/viola) fleshed out the Handful with bass guitarist Patrick Files, and drummer Michael Knight.  Patrick's own background with funk, rock, and thrash metal brought a whole new dimension of musical variety into the band, whereas Pat’s friend Mike Knight {drummer} was recruited as the final member into the band. Originally Mike was apart of the indie-jam rock band 'Carraway' and produced several recordings with them. Within Handful Mike is able to use his extensive expertise with the drums & percussion. His uncanny attention to detail keeps the band on point.  All members add a unique flavor that gives Handful an impressive multi-faceted sound. Working with Carol Tingstad (Tingstad & Rumbel, David Lanz, Gypsy Soul), Handful has shared the stage with a number of iconic groups such as: Phish, The Proclaimers, Carbon Leaf, Young Dubliners, Brett Dennen, and more.


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  • David John
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    Role / Instrument:
    Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
  • Mike Knight
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  • Patrick Files
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    Role / Instrument:
    Bass Guitar
  • Andrew Joslyn
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    Role / Instrument:
    5 String Violin




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While imagining a band that is this eccentric in their use of commonly berated genres (such as bluegrass) becoming a feature in the musical landscape seems difficult and counterintuitive; it could very well happen. The nuisances of the band never actually over commit to a specific sound and instead creatively flitter and synchronize the apparent genre influences of the band. I used the words folk, reggae, bluegrass, blues and rock earlier in a vain attempt to construct an idea of their sound; however the final product is such a tight conglomerate of the influences that it essentially becomes its own genre.

— Daniel Burnett, bestnewbands.com (Jul 13, 2011)

HANDFUL OF LUVIN are an adept band of troubadours who aren't about to let their rich, earthy sound grow stale or have it fall upon deaf ears given their ability to change rhythms at a moments notice. The results here are amazing, memorable and - above all else - catchy.

— Brian Lush, Rockwired Magazine (Jul 13, 2011)

Handful Of Luvin's newest release, ‘Life In Between’, offers a liberal and ambitious blend of styles. Self-described as “fiddle driven roots rock”, H.O.L.’s developing sound eludes labeling and that’s a good thing for this Seattle based quartet. While sometimes reminiscent of contemporaries Dave Matthews, Wilco and ‘Ten Sumner’s Tales’ era Sting, ‘Life In Between’ also summons influences from classic rock, blues, reggae, ska, pure Americana folk and even spoken-word to define the group’s own burgeoning signature.

— Moxi Music (Jul 13, 2011)