Sugar Moon came to life in the fall of 2017 when Kyra Holt (banjo) and Elli Varas (guitar) met at a playdate for their young sons: it’s rare to meet a fellow mom that plays bluegrass and they quickly set up a time to pick! Over the next few years, the duo honed their sound and their songwriting, playing gigs and releasing a debut EP. Christie Schneider joined the group in 2020, filling out the Sugar Moon sound with her nuanced and tasteful fiddle licks. Matt Malick often joins the trio, rounding out the band with his rock-solid upright bass.
Sugar Moon holds a unique place in the Colorado bluegrass scene, seamlessly blending traditional bluegrass tunes with original music that is undeniably feminine. Sugar Moon has played venues throughout Colorado, was a finalist in the Ullrgrass Band Competition, and has been featured on numerous radio programs throughout the state.