Musicians & Bands
You can almost always find more information on these bands
and musicians at the Folk
Lib Index - it is a wonderful site - be sure to
keep it in mind. Also be sure to checkout Musi-Caltm - the Musical
Calendar of the 'Intire Net' for more bands and musicians.
you are a southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois Acoustic/Traditional/Folk
Music Band or Musician, you can email the Wild Hog Webmaster,
Ron McCabe, to
put a link here to your web page and/or your email address,
please include a few line synopsis of what you do. I would
also be willing to include an abbreviated schedule, if you
would commit to consistently emailing me with new schedules.
- Tom Kastle has spent over two decades "on the
road" and "on the water" as a singer,
tall ship sailor, songwriter, and teller of tales. As
half of the maritime folk duo Tom & Chris Kastle,
he toured throughout the United States as well as
Ireland, Scotland, Poland, the Netherlands, and New
Zealand delighting audiences and producing 11
recordings plus a soundtrack for PBS (WTTW Chicago).
After taking most of a year off to captain a tall
ship in South Haven, MI, Tom has relocated to Madison,
WI and is releasing his first solo CD, "Across
the Centerline". www.myspace.com/tomkastle
- Nelson Graham plays at the Wild Hog in the Woods
"now and then" www.nelsongraham.com ". He is songwriter/singer/guitarist, and plays folk
country grassroots music. (A variety of
American styles.) There is a lot of info,
feedback, and reviews on his music at the web site.
- Ellen and John Wright are faculty members at
Northwestern University who play and sing old time
music. He is the author of "Traveling the High
Way Home: Ralph Stanley and the World of Traditional
Bluegrass Music"; she is working on an as-told-to
biography of Roni Stoneman, "First Lady of Banjo"
and 20-year star of "Hee-Haw."
- "We sing songs we've known so long we can't
remember not knowing them," the Wrights say.
"In part it was our families, in part it was our
schools, in part it was America that taught us these
songs." Though they have never attempted a
scientific survey of the question, it appears that
this lifetime acquaintance with their material is
shared by most of their audience-and of course this
is just what the Wrights are aiming at when they put
their shows together.
- John Wright, Classics Dept., Northwestern University,
Evanston IL 60208-2200; http://cdbaby.com/cd/wrightje
- BILL SARGENT BANDS - from Milwaukee Wisconsin,
has an international reputation for quality music
& entertainmentConventions, . Performing for
Concerts, Weddings, Festivals, Fundraisers, Corporate
Events, General Entertainment, Ethnic, Jewish and
Christian Events. We specialize in Swing, Jazz (Traditional,
Dixieland and Straight-Ahead), Big Band, Ballroom,
Variety and Christian Music. Bill Sargent Bands
- "They're the tightest, most solid ensemble of
expert musicians Milwaukee may ever see. Sargent
shines . . ." - The Milwaukee Journal.
- BILL SARGENT BANDS was founded in 1982 and has gained
an international reputation for quality music and
- They specialize in Swing, Jazz (Traditional,
Dixieland and Straight-Ahead), Big Band, Ballroom,
Variety and Christian Music. For more information on
their musical "range" go to BANDS.
- Their line-up includes an 18-piece Big Band with 4
vocalists, a Dixieland Band and Small Groups
including Quartets, Trios, Duos and Soloists. They
also have a Christian Dixieland Jazz Band & other
Gospel Bands. Information on the VARIOUS BANDS can be
found on their BANDS page.
- The Red Star Express is local Wisconsin bluegrass/folk
band performing at all traditional public venues, and
is comprised of eight members, featuring traditional
bluegrass, old-time, country and folk music. In
addition to time-honored standards the band plays
original music, offering fiddle, mandolin, guitar,
banjo, bass, dobro and harmonica as instrumentation.
Annually, the band hosts the Jumpin' Jambalaya Jamfest, a one-day indoor bluegrass
festival at Cedar Lake Resort, near Kiel, WI. Open
acoustic jam from 2-4 p.m. Bands from 4:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Featuring outstanding jambalaya and red beans 'n rice
dishes on the side. This year's Jamfest will be April
5, 2003. For more information, call 920-894-2828 or
email - email@example.com Web site - www.redstarexpress.com.
- The Cajun Strangers - Cajun Music from Madison
Wisconsin, their schedule - http://www.cajunstrangers.com/sched.html, Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jeff and Inna Larsen -
Inna Larsen is the Author of Heartstrings, a historical romance, and A Timeless Tune, available from Port Town Publishing. Check out their web page http://www.geocities.com/jeffinnakari. Book Jeff for solo jazz
guitar or book Nordmusikk for Norwegian folk music -
(Inna Larsen - Hardanger Fiddle, Jeff Larsen - Guitar)
Check out Jeff's musical, Spirits of St. Paul, a
story about Norwegian immigrants in 1920s. CD
soundclips on web site.
- The Last Gaspé contra dance band.
- Rattletrap String
Band - contra dance and bluegrass band.
Members - Steve Holmes, Debbie Kmetz, Dave Sample,
Bill Miller, Mike Mossman, Ken Rineer. Contacts - (608)257-1011,
- Moldy Jam - "From Dane County's longest
running jam session has emerged Moldy Jam, a not-too-shabby,
toe-tapping, old-timey string band. Based out of
Madison, Wisconsin, Moldy Jam can now be heard at
square and contra dances in and around Dane County."
- Dark of the Moon Contra-Band - A women's band, playing
waltzes, jigs, reels, and polkas for any occasion.
Caller provided if dancing is desired. Contact - Mary
(608)238-7904 or Bonnie (608)255-7713
- KG & the Ranger cowboy western music, western
swing and yodeling (in harmony!), with cowboy
humor and rope tricks. They are the 1999
Western Music Association Harmony Yodeling Champions!
And the 2nd Place winners of the 1999 NTCMA Mid-America
Harmony Singing Championship. And the 1999 1st and 2nd
Place winners in the Patsy Montana Days Talent Round-Up
in Pineville, Missouri - Ranger Rick took first place,
by dancing a square dance with his spinning lariat as
his partner! KG won second place in the same contest
playing her banjo. KG also took third place in the
Patsy Montana yodeling contest. Here is their schedule.
- Harmonious Wail acoustic jazz, swing, American jazz,
and contemporary folk tunes.
Shovelers - Members - Mark Kreitzer, Sims
Delaney-Potthoff, Shelia Voss, Bill Gray.
- Lou and Peter Berryman's Home page. Madison's Own! One way to describe them is - "Very eccentric, very
funny satirical songs", "unfailingly wacky,
and just as dependably 100% right." Here are
some friendly comments about them by some VERY BIG
names. Their new CD "House Concert" (along
with other stuff) is now available at - Spruce Tree Music, 851 East Johnson (608)255-2254;
B-Side Records, 436 State St. (608)255-1977; and Sam
Goody in the Hilldale Mall, 702 N Midvale Blvd., #
155, Madison, WI 53705, (608)233-0034. CD's and song
books are also available at Lou and Peter's web site
Haven't seen them since before the Club de Wash
burned down?? Check out the Berryman Finder.
- Whither Zither Column Archives from the Madison Folk Music
Society's Newsletter - the world famous Peter
Berryman's look at the musical universe.
- "Since 1981, Stuart Stotts has been delighting audiences with his
songs, stories, humor and participatory performances.
He travels throughout the Midwest, (and sometimes
farther,) giving over 200 performances a year. He
performs for school assemblies, community
organizations, family events, adult audiences, elders,
conferences and professionals in the aging and
education fields. His songs have been recorded by
artists from around the country, including Ronnie
Gilbert, Holly Near, the Chenille Sisters, Tom Hunter,
Second Opinion and Two of a Kind. His most well-known
song is probably Music in My Mother's House, recorded
over twenty five times, by solo artists, groups, and
even choirs. Other somewhat well-known songs include
World Citizen, Jennifer Montgomery [ed. - one of
my favorites] and Just One More Book.
- Ken Lonnquist is a singer/songwriter from
Madison. "He's known as a folk artist-about-town
and children's storyteller. Lonnquist, a native of
Lincoln, Nebraska, has lived in Madison for the last
28 years, in that time producing seven albums, plus
five albums especially for kids and a video songbook,
Sing Songs, for the hearing-impaired. Tunes range
from the whimsical to the PC, but the music is never
condescending. And for a real holiday treat, catch
him around town in his delightful family musical,
"The Legend of Old Befana." ".
- Piper Road Spring Band "...have blended Irish
fiddle tunes with American country, big band, novelty
and space-aged Grateful Dead inspired jams."
- Jeffrey Foucault hales from Fort Atkinson,
Wisconsin and lives just a few blocks from the Cafe
Carpé. His music has been described as - "Original
Compositions Of Good Substance." His music is
inspired by the likes of - Townes Van Zandt, Mulvey,
Prine, and Taylor. He is a substitute teacher and
does tutoring on the side.
- Cork 'n Bottle String Band is an eight, sometimes ten,
member bluegrass ensemble. "...reflection
on (the now legendary liquor store 'bluegrass
basement jams') the innocence and soul-stirring
genesis of those 'bluegrass basement jams' reminds
one of a simpler time: '...though fame and fortune
now knocks at our door, we will always be the 'basement
- The Nob Hill Boys "sing about old country
churches where they have never worshipped, little
cabin homes where they never lived, and broken love
affairs that they've probably never had. But their
ability to perform such material with conviction,
affection, and authenticity explains why they have
built a loyal and expanding audience in their
relatively short history."
- The SpareTime Bluegrass Band "...the band gathers
material from traditional sources, Madison area song
writers, and their own original material... This band
specializes in contagious fun! They like the audience
to sing along, dance and, most of all, be ready to
laugh when SpareTime gets fired up."
- Twang City Bluegrass takes the classic bluegrass
instrumentation, tempers it with the rootsy sound of
country blues and hillbilly music, adds in lots of
harmony singing and a generous twist of good-time fun.
The group features some of Madison's best-known
players. Members - Chris Powers, Jeff Brown, Fil
Kennedy, Glen Raymond.
- Small Potatoes - "Skillful
instrumentation, tight harmonies, great songs, huge
variety of material - it's all here. Rich Prezioso's
guitar artistry is impeccable, and Jacquie Manning's
alto weaves a rich tapestry of folk, blues, jazz,
swing, Celtic, and country. Add Rich's voice and
mandolin, Jacquie's guitar, whistles, bodhran, and
percussion toys, plus their sense of humor and Small
Potatoes eclectic repertoire unfolds. They breathe a
new life into traditional material, write songs that
belong in coffeehouses, concert halls, and on the
radio, and they spellbind audiences with their
- Eric Heister plays original alternative acoustic
music with an upbeat attitude and an offbeat edge,
Eric has won the 1997 Portland Songwriters
Association "Songwriter of the Year" award
and is currently a finalist for this year's award!
Previously a ball-bearing salesman, this now famed
musician will provide soul moving and soul
captivating music. Contact - (608)250-3256
- Dave Stoddard on piano and
guitar, Dave delights audiences with folk, blues, and
jazz based piano. He has commonly been compared
to Randy Newman and Loudon Wainwright III. At
any given time in the last seven years, Dave has
played in the following types of bands:
bluegrass, blues, jazz, country, and heavy metal.
- Emily Melcher is a veteran performer, a singer,
songwriter and guitarist with a warm, powerful voice,
extraordinary sensitivity to lyrics and a confident,
easy performance style. She'll move you to laughter
and tears with her personal and thought-provoking
originals, sensitive renditions of folk style ballads,
passionate interpretations of love songs, and
acclaimed translations of Swedish troubadour songs.
- Lee Murdock - Great Lakes & Maritime
Music. To listen to Lee Murdock's music is to
visualize the long deck of an iron ore freighter
being rocked by malevolent waves, to join in singing
a Great Lakes adaptation of a deepwater shanty, to
nurture a love for an isolated shoreline, or to chill
to a ghost story, or legend in song.
- Lisa Johnson is
a singer/song writer with a beautiful and intricate
guitar style that accompanies her rich vocals and
insightful lyrics. She also plays some tunes on
autoharp and bowed psaltery. Lisa performs original,
traditional, and contemporary folk songs. Some of her
favorite song writers include Bill Staines, Stan
Rodgers, James Keelaghan, and Eileen McGann.
- Jim Schwall [ed. - can
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- Dave Fallow [ed. - can
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- Art Paul Schlosser - Here are some samples of his work.
- Chris Powers [ed. - can
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- Lis Harvey
- Tim Hoger [ed. - can
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- James Travis [ed. - can
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- Tracy Comer a native of Wilmington, NC now living
in Madison, WI, is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter
with a varied musical background that includes
classical, folk, rock, show tunes, choral music,
early music, and more. Tracy's original songs are
introspective acoustic creations subtly flavored by
those musical experiences. After years of training and emphasis on classical
music, Tracy is now enjoying a focus on contemporary
and traditional folk music. She currently performs as
a guitar/vocal soloist, sharing her original songs
along with covers of artists such as Dar Williams,
Cheryl Wheeler, and Shawn Colvin. Tracy is also a a member of the trio Sticky Fingers (with Damon Bourne and Michael
Bryant) which performs traditional folk, fiddle and
pipe arrangements as well as new instrumental and
vocal creations by group members. In Sticky Fingers
Tracy plays guitar, cello, and hammered dulcimer, and
a bit of fiddle, with Michael and Damon on guitars
and mandolin. She also plays with Alchemy (with Mary
Driscoll and Faye Bruggink), an instrumental ensemble
which plays new interpretations of Early music and
traditional folk melodies.
- Sticky Fingers focuses on Celtic, traditional
folk, and original pieces. As a trio, we push each
other in our creative expression as collaborative
members of a group and as soloists. Writing and
arranging music for an acoustic trio is challenging
and rewarding as we enjoy knocking ideas around and
experimenting with new instruments and sounds to make
interesting and satisfying music.
- Richard Fallow [ed. - can
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- Buffalo Trail - formed 1992, members - Glenn
Gourley, Nelson Graham - Discography from the Folk Lib Index. Contact - Buffalo Trail Productions,
5114 Buffalo Trail, Madison, WI - (608) 238-8847 - email@example.com
- Art Stevenson & High Water (here is another blurb from SWBMAI) is a traditional
bluegrass band from the heart of Wisconsin. Their CD
"Dusty Boxcar Wall" has won the 1998 Crossroads Gold Star Bluegrass Music Award. They
play every Wednesday night at the Northland Ballroom,
Hwy 49 between Rosholt & Iola, WI, (at
Junction of Hwy 49 and CTH C, 8-11 pm; (715)457-4720; Its
Free!. Here is their schedule from their website. Contact -
Art Stevenson, 2958 County Highway G, Junction City,
WI 54443, (715)457-4720, firstname.lastname@example.org. Art is also, organizing the Northland
Music Festival. The First Annual festival was held
Aug. 26, 2000, contact Art for more information and/or
check the events on the SWBMAI website. Here is an article about the First Annual Northland Music
the Portage County Gazette (it looks like a winner). For more information,
visit the Northland Bluegrass Festival website, or
contact them by email! http://www.highwatermusic.com/northlandBGFest.htmVisit Art Stevenson
& High Water at their website:http://www.highwatermusic.com/
- Generations of Mazomanie, Wisconsin. Share
in the warmth and enthusiasm of this charming mother-daughter
duo of Holly and her mom, Candy. They offer an upbeat
warm mix of folk music accompanied by an assortment
of instruments including guitar, and Celtic harp,
featuring "pitch perfect" young Holly as
the lead vocalist. Their songs range from
ridiculously playful to stunningly beautiful and they
fill their program with harmony vocals and
interactive musical frolic; in short they provide
ideal family entertainment. Over the five years since
they've been performing professionally, they have
produced two highly acclaimed audio recordings of
songs for the family entitled Dream Maker, and Lift Me, both 1998 recipients of Parent's
Guide Children's Media and Parent's Choice national awards! See WisconsinMade.com to order CD's.
- Outskirts Trio, including Candace Kreitlow
with Vicki Mecozzi (AKA Bergan Riley) & Corinne
Rockow, performing both harmony vocals &
sparkling instrumentals on Celtic harp, hammered
dulcimer, flute, guitar, banjo, bass, penny whistle,
& whatever else fits into the studio! See WisconsinMade.com to order CD's. Note:
Outskirts is on hiatus since Corinne moved to the U.P.
- Heartwood - Displaying a strong Celtic/Appalachian
flair, Heartwood performs traditional and
contemporary American and British Isles folk music,
as well as an abundance of original material. Though
folk in nature, Heartwood's music has a classic and
elegant sound enjoyed by groups of all ages, and can
be catered to fit a variety of programs as a concert
or as background music. Because of their unusual
assortment of instruments, which include Celtic harp,
lap and hammered dulcimer, guitar, fiddle and vocals,
Heartwood adds a unique quality to any gathering. See WisconsinMade.com to order CD's. You can find a
schedule for them at Katie Waldren's website - this
is a frames based site - you may have to manually
click on For Your Information to get to their schedule.
Contact - Heartwood Productions, Box 113 Mazomanie,
WI 53560, (608)795-4680.
- Mike and Amy Finders (pronounced finn'duhrs). They
play their own tunes, as well as classics from their
favorite folk, blues and bluegrass artists. Her voice
has turned many a head, and he's the second-best flat-picker
in Galena. They sing together like they're
related or something. They are located in Galena, IL
and are full time musicians.
- Voices of Peace from eastern Wisconsin perform
"The finest in Southern Gospel Music". They
are available for Concerts, Churches, Campgrounds,
Dinners, Fund Raisers, Retreats / Resorts, Tour
Groups, Parties, Retirement Villages, Festivals,
Fairs, Conventions, Bible Camps. For Bookings Call -
Tom at (920) 853-3352 or Bud at (920) 756-3830, also
feel free to contact them via e-mail - email@example.com. They have been a complete
band since Decmber 1997 and they've created their own
style of music, combining country and bluegrass. In
November 1998 they completed their first CD/video.
- Far From Home - is a quartet of musicians
specializing in dance tunes, songs, and airs from
across the Celtic world. "The source of their
musical inspiration and repertoire can be found
primarily in the long-standing but still vital dance
and vocal traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany,
- Public House Ceili Band - "plays straight-ahead
traditional Irish dance music... Their extensive
repertoire and mastery of style and technique
generate a high-energy rhythm that elevates ceilis
and the newly popular set dances into a genuine
experience of craic. Band members - Dan Cobb:
banjo, Dave Delgado: wooden flute, tin whistle, Bob
Newton: octave mandolin, bouzouki, Alan Ng: fiddle."
- Rolliana Scheckler - "is an award-winning
singer and player of Celtic harp who specializes in
music from the ancient Celtic traditions, especially
of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, dance tunes from
medieval and renaissance periods and European and
American art music, both past and present. She
performs from the heart, often using her own
arrangements, improvisations and original
- The Snug - "is a Madison, Wisconsin trio
which performs traditional Irish dance music and airs
on authentic acoustic instruments. Whether as feature
concert artists or as musicians for ceilidh dances (Irish social dancing), they concentrate on
both the hauntingly beautiful airs from the vocal
tradition and the infectious, driving dance tunes
from the traditional music sessions where the The
Snug was formed."
- The Stone Ring (formally known as Standing Stones
Celtic Band) is a five member band based in Madison,
Wisconsin.They play traditional Celtic music on
acoustic instruments. Their three singers have a huge
repertoire of Irish and Scottish ballads, war songs,
rebel songs and drinking songs, and have performed at
Milwaukee's Irish Fest, Highland Games, at the Irish
Cultural Heritage Center and in concert halls all
over the Midwest.
- Navan is a Celtic vocal group from Madison,
Wisconsin singing in the languages of Ireland,
Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of
Man. Contact: Síle Shigley firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-244-7849.
- Rocky Road - Dan Lickel, 5 Hallows Circle,
Madison, WI 53704, (608)241-2545.
- Rosewood Moct - Based in Madison, Wisconsin
- performs Ethnic Folk music bridging continents,
cultures and genres. Russian and American folk songs
and instrumentals, old-timey fiddle tunes, swing,
bluegrass and music from Ireland and Cape Breton are
all part of Rosewood Moct's continuously evolving
repertoire. Contact - (608)240-3529, (608)238-8847, email@example.com. Glenn Gourley - fiddle,
vocals; Natasa Gourley - piano, bandura, vocals;
Steve Tesmer - guitar, vocals, Bill Kreamer - sound
- Yid Vicious ..."plays a fairly
traditional brand of klezmer. We fuse it with
fragments from our individual musical backgrounds.
Klezmer has always evolved by absorbing elements of
the music around it, consciously or not... Our
ensemble includes clarinet, fiddle, trumpet,
flugabone, baritone horn, accordion, percussion,
guitar, and electrified bass." Contact - Daithi Wolfe, (608)257-6994.
- Szászka performs village dance music
from Transylvania and Hungary for events and
workshops in the Midwestern U.S. The band was
founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1996.
- Our friends from the Reptile Palace Orchestra "delight concert goers
with their original mixing of East and West, Funk and
Folk and skin-shedding torch tunes. Gypsy Rock?
Traditional toe-twisters? Balkan Lounge Funk? There's
a lizard trying to fit into a pigeonhole. Elvis +
Armenia + Funkadelic + Bulgaria = RPO."
- Walkin' Jim Stoltz - Jim has backpacked 24,000
miles in the last 20 years, along the way writing
songs and photographing America's wild places. You
won't want to miss this fascinating multi-media event! He is known far and wide as Walkin' Jim,
sings his songs with a definite sense of having been
there. Indeed, he has. It all began innocently enough,
walking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. That
was in 1974. After a year and a half spent walking
from the Atlantic to the Pacific, folks just
naturally started referring to him as "Walkin' Jim."
- Joel Mabus - One of my all time favorites.
Why he is not hugely famous is beyond me.