Nik Carman Banjo

Nik Carman is an eleven-year-old musician from Northern Michigan. He is partial to instruments with strings, and currently plays guitar and mandolin. After experimenting with piano, violin, and recorder at age six, Nik picked up a guitar at age seven and hasn't put it down since. He was first instructed by his older brother Andrew and inspired by bluegrass picker William Apostle, aka Billy Strings. Billy surprised Nik on his ninth birthday by recording with him at Studio Anatomy in Traverse City. In February of 2015, Nik released his debut album at The Old Art Building in Leland, where he had the honor of opening for The Accidentals, The Way Down Wanderers, Billy Strings, Don Julin and Kevin Gills. The Accidentals took Nik into their musical family, and he was happy to be their sidekick for the summer of 2015. In the summer of 2016, Nik hosted a mini-concert series at Fountain Point Resort in Lake Leelanau in addition to his busy touring schedule. He has performed over 100 shows at venues ranging from private events to restaurants/wineries to Michigan music festivals such as Blissfest, Hoxeyville, and Wheatland.

Nik has busked in Rome, been called up onstage by Donna the Buffalo in Miami, and delivered a speech about his life (so far) to a receptive audience at “Fulfillament” in Traverse City. Currently a fifth grader at The Pathfinder School, Nik lives with his family in Leelanau County, Land of Delight.

Nik has collaborated in some way with the following musicians:
Billy Strings
The Accidentals
The Way Down Wanderers
The Joshua Davis Trio
The Crazy Uncles
(Joe Wilson & Kevin Gills)
The Jeremy Kittel Trio
Blake Elliot & The Robinson Affair
Oh Brother Big Sister
Moxie Strings
Miriam Pico
E. Minor
Milo Birch
Kyle Skarshaug
Zachary Watson
Mac ‘n Tosh
Jack Elliott & The Honorable Spirits
Donna the Buffalo (Miami)
Elastic Bond (Miami)
Locked & Loaded (Austria)