I’m a current board member of LAFTA, Lincoln Association For Traditional Arts, a wonderful group that brings in folk musicians from around the nation to perform in concerts here. (www.lafta.net)
Lucy and I were married in 1970 and have been singing together for the past 18 years. We mainly play the local coffee shops, although we did perform in a few of the LAFTA songwriter nights and have opened for Neal and Leandra, Rita Hosking and The Black Brothers. We perform a lot of original music, some traditional and Celtic music and some contemporary music. I’ve been fortunate enough to have several of my songs selected for the Walnut Valley Music Festival songwriting contest. (See links)
In 2005 we joined the Celtic group Aisling’s Bards and performed in the Nebraska Renaissance Faire and for 6 weekends of the Kansas City Renaissance Faire. Quite an experience and a chance to learn a lot of Celtic Music in a short time. I caught some grief from other musicians because I played a 1985 Ovation 12 string guitar, but it was interesting to note the number of 12 string guitars being played at the Faire by other musicians. My sweet wife has since bought me a Garrison 12 string acoustic guitar with a folded ash face. It has a different tonality that I appreciate and is quite a bit lighter. So I get a chance to alternate between the two.
We have recently been joined by Dirk Dalton, an excellent musician who plays sweet piano and guitar. We’ve been able to work up some new music with his help. And, Lucy has begun playing the mountain dulcimer which also adds a new timbre to our music. We have finally released our new CD: Patchwork. Check the home page for links to samples of our CD music and our new video on You Tube called Sunny Shine Day. The CD is now available at CD Baby or direct from us when we’re playing a local gig. It’s 18 songs of traditional, Celtic, original and Americana music.
It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our bandmate Dirk Dalton., A man of great talent and ability. If you watch our video Sunny Shine Day, just watch his hands playing this song without any sheet music. He listened to the song and figured out the notes and taught them to me. Absolutely amazing. God be with you Dirk..