Tom Murphy - Mandolin
Tom Murphy picked up the guitar at age 11 in St. Louis, Missouri, and didn't put it down until he received a mandolin for high school graduation. Shortly thereafter, he heard the David Grisman Quintet's first album, and the mandolin quickly took center stage in his life. His inventive mandolin solos, driving rhythm, and tight harmony vocals add color to a variety of bands in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. You’ll find Tom at the center of any pickin’ circle around here…bringing it all together.
John Lowell - Guitar
John has played in nationally recognized bands, has traveled in Europe and all around North America performing and teaching guitar at music camps. He’s received widespread critical acclaim for his singing, songwriting and guitar playing both with Kane's River and Growling Old Men. Most of all he hopes that you'll soon have the pleasure of sharing this music with us in person.
Greg Liszt - Banjo Greg has been leading an unusual life. Born in Charlottesville, VA, he went to college at Yale and got a Ph.D. from MIT in Molecular Biology. He then immediately retired from science and went on tour playing banjo for Bruce Springsteen. Along the way, Greg developed a new four-fingered banjo picking technique (the other players use three).
Mike Barnett - Fiddle When he was 15 he toured as the fiddler for bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds. On that tour, Mike allegedly had his first drink of moonshine. He sings the highest notes on Carry Me To Home as well as the lowest ones. Which is weird because when we started recording that CD no one (including Mike) knew he could sing at all. He is also really good at jazz fiddle, and has attended the Berklee College of Music. These days he tours with the David Grisman Quintet as well as the Tony Trischka Band, both of which are absolutely terrific.
Stash Wyslouch- Guitar Stash grew up on heavy metal music. Actually, he may be the missing link between acoustic music and over-electrified thrash metal. Stash (which is short for Stanislaw) really enjoys raking the guitar and screaming in harmony at the top of his vocal range. He speaks several languages and is renowned on the scene for having the “best vibe ever.” He has also toured with Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys as well asBlue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers. Stash graduated from the Berklee College of Music.
Emy Phelps - Voice Emy does not remember a time when she has not sung. Trained in theater arts at Ashland, Oregon's world-renowned theatre program, she worked for 3 years in The Green Show, an ongoing Festival event.
She was a member of Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble, touring internationally from 1980–1987. As a member of that ensemble she did research on indigenous music in Peru. She is a musician of note in the Oregon region and has performed all around the Pacific Northwest since the late 80's. Her touring career was put on hold while obtaining a degree in education, teaching at elementary and middle schools and successfully raising four children, but now her public work continues as a recording artist, core songwriter of the Furies, and in a duet with Darol Anger.
Dominick Leslie - Mandolin A former child prodigy of the mandolin. Many of his notable achievements occurred before the age of 16. Luckily he has awesome parents and went to a public high school, which helped him turn into someone genuinely humble. His mandolin playing is often described as both “supertasteful” and “ridonkulous”, which is amazing because those words are opposites. He now lives in Brooklyn and has toured with numerous acclaimed musicians including Noam Pikelny, the Infamous Stringdusters,Missy Raines and the New Hip, Sandra Wong, and Grant Gordy Quartet.
Darol Anger - Fiddle Darolis a unique fiddle guru, who spent three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and music from around the world. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a generous sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.