Adam Moyer plays “Hallalujah” two ways


Adam Moyer, self-taught musician and member of the popular two-person-band Key to Adam, has a true appreciation of Leonard Cohen’s classic song, “Hallulujah.”

In the Hallelujah rendition above, Moyer’s finger-style and free-style guitar is accompanied by the haunting violin/fiddle styling of his Key to Adam partner, Kiara “Key” Williams.

Moyer’s guitar is accompanied by Conner McCauley, a music theory major from Buckhannon, WV, on piano. Moyer said he and McCauley “got together one day in Loar Auditorium at WVWC after hearing and appreciating each other’s music.” Said, Moyer, we had “no practice, just hit record and started playing.” The result is a beautiful impromptu version of “Hallelujah” set to video by Moyer.

The story of Key to Adam begins at the Buckhannon Coffee Shop, Dough Re Mi, where Moyer ran an Open Mic and encouraged people to play along with him.

Williams, encouraged by a friend to attend one Wednesday afternoon, pulled out her fiddle an started playing along, and “it just clicked,” said Moyer.

Williams was inspired by Charlie Daniels at a very young age, and immediately knew she wanted to be a fiddler. She was 2015 WV Junior State Fiddle Champ. 

Both self taught, but coming from completely different backgrounds, gives the music a very unique and beautiful sound. “The Confluence” of Fiddle and Violin style combine perfectly with Adam’s Fingerstyle and Freestyle playing styles. 

The duo tries to provide free music to the community whenever they can. They are currently giving weekly instrumental lessons to students in the after-school ENGAGE program at the Phil Gainer Center in Elkins, WV.  They also try to find places near their bookings to provide music before shows as a way to warm up and help people at the same time. 

Key to Adam Upcoming Events:

  • Every Monday in February, 88 Restaurant and Lounge, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Music Meditation at Stockert Youth Center, each Monday before performance at 88
  • March 2 – Vintage Restaurant, Elkins, WV, 5:30-8:30  p.m.
Key to Adam — Kiara “Key” Williams and Adam Moyer