Nik Carman Banjo

Nik Carman is a twelve-year-old musician from Northern Michigan. 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. 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 2016, in addition to his busy touring schedule, Nik hosted a mini-concert series at Fountain Point Resort on Lake Leelanau. He apprenticed with luthier Bruce Davis in 2017, and together they built a custom guitar. He has performed over 100 times at venues ranging from private events to cafes and bars to Michigan music festivals such as Blissfest, Hoxeyville, Harvest Gathering, 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 enrolled at The Greenspire School, Nik lives with his family in Leelanau County, Land of Delight.