Dave MacDonald, Bass
Known as "Uncle Dave" on the bluegrass circuit, Dave grew up in a family that loved and listened to bluegrass and country music at every opportunity. As Dave says, "There were times we would listen to records all night long and wouldn't even put the TV on!" As a youngster, Dave got to see many of the early stars of bluegrass. After learning to play bass, Dave experimented with other genres of music, but he soon realized how much he missed traditional bluegrass. He was drawn back and never strayed. Along with legendary NJ bass player, Randy Bailey, Dave is just about the most in-demand bass player at Albert Music Hall, NJ's Grand Ole Opry.
Jeff Propert, Mandolin
Jeff had the seeds of music planted within him at an early age. Among his earliest memories are those of family gatherings by the banks of Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. His family would rent a cabin, bring their instruments, and play by the campfire 'til the wee hours. At age 15, Jeff asked his mother to show him some guitar chords. Inspired by the multi-instrumentalists in his family. he collected and play various stringed instruments. During college, he formed a bluegrass band. Many professional bands followed and performed on shows that also featured Doc Watson, James King, Karl Shifflett, Larry Rice and Ricky Skaggs.
Carl Baron, Banjo
The band's only southerner, Carl was born in Georgia. As a young teen, he was introduced to bluegrass music in, of all places, Newmarket, England. As the son of an American Air Force officer stationed at RAF Lakenheath, Carl had the opportunity to see Bill Monroe, appearing at a local theater, "The Grand Ole Opry-Newmarket," run and hosted by Pete Sayer, an English bluegrass enthusiast and performer. Carl was homesick for the states, and the purely American sounds of Monroe's music deeply touched him (especially the 5-string banjo), and he has been hooked ever since.
Joe Fili, Fiddle
Joe fell in love with bluegrass music when he was a child. When an opportunity came along to study fiddling with former Bill Monroe Blue Grass Boy, Gene Lowinger, he dove in and hasn't looked back. Joe was the fiddler for the NJ-based bluegrass band, Ground Speed, which won the New Jersey State Bluegrass Band competition in 1993, and for 24 years he fiddled for Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame performer, Jim Murphy, and his band, The Pine Barons, a band that won the Traditional Music Association's Band of the Year award in 1998.
January 9th, Hopewell Hayride, Hopewell United Methodist Church, Blackwell Ave., Hopewell, NJ canceled
May 1st, Thompson Park, Lincroft, Arts and Music Festival
July 9th, Bayhead Yacht Club
July 13th, The Atrium at Navesink Harbor
July 25th, Monmouth County Fair
July 31st, Albert Hall, Waretown, NJ (set time TBA)
August 14th, Albert Hall, Waretown, NJ (set time TBA)
August 29th, Long Beach Island Arts and Sciences Center
The Last Whippoorwill Bluegrass band