Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of folk, old-time, country, bluegrass and blues. Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis produced, played and sang on Wendyâ€™s debut CD, â€œOpen Wingsâ€ in 2012, which has received rave reviews nationally and internationally
Wendy is known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material. She was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past two years, with the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Her band members include some of the best Bluegrass and Americana players and singers in California and beyond:
Butch Waller, mandolin and vocals, is known locally and nationally for his innovative and tradition-based approach to his instrument. Butch was one of the first to play bluegrass music in Northern California, and founded his own band, High Country in 1968. A gifted songwriter, Butch has penned several songs that are featured in the repertoire of Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood
Glenn Dauphin, guitar and vocals, has been performing with Bluegrass bands in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. He is Northern California Bluegrass Societyâ€™s guitar player of the year for 2014. He also plays bass and guitar with Californiaâ€™s two longest running bands, High Country and Sidesaddle and Company
Allegra Thompson, bass and vocals, is known both for the power and clarity of her singing and for providing a rock-steady rhythm bed on guitar or upright bass. Her home-grown perspective on American roots music was nurtured by her parents, local musicians Eric and Suzy Thompson, who raised her on a steady diet of blues, bluegrass, Cajun, and Appalachian old time music. A founding member of the Drifter Sisters and the Bearcat Stringband, she also plays with the Midnite Ramblers, Gerry Tenney and the Hard Times Orchestra, and of course Eric and Suzy Thompson in their family trio.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site