The Wiyos (Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and "Sauerkraut" Seth Travins) play and compose Old-Timey American and Jug Band music, with an instrumentation of washboard/harmonica/kazoo, resonator guitar/banjo, upright bass and three harmony vocals. The Wiyos took their name from the toughest gang to prowl the streets of old New York (The Whyos, circa 1890).
The Wiyos have been touring and recording since 2002. They were one of the first "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. Their relentless touring in the US and Europe, and numerous critically acclaimed albums and EPs landed them a full 28-day summer tour as openers of the 2009 Bob Dylan Show. The Wiyos were also featured in the BBC television documentary, “Folk America – Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers”. In 2010 they were featured in the BBC television special "No Sleep 'Til Yell”.
Since 2010, the trio of Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Seth Travins have released 3 more albums and taken their spirited live show on numerous US tours and five UK tours. Their music has been featured in television, movies and commercials in the US and abroad. They have also been featured in three educational Carnegie Neighborhood programs at Carnegie Hall. The Wiyos interactive educational workshops have taken them from elementary schools to colleges in the US and UK.
While not writing, recording and performing, Michael Farkas can be found teaching master classes in performance and harmonica at Universities and Arts Schools. “Sauerkraut Seth” Travins can be found shredding and fermenting cabbage for Sauerkraut Seth’s certified organic Sauerkraut, distributed throughout New York State and popularly featured in Flowerkraut of Hudson, NY. Teddy Weber can be found in Roxbury, VT tending a small apple orchard and selling hard cider and vinegars for his farm-based business, Tin Hat Cider.