12th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Feb 12-21

9:00 pm Friday, February 18, 2011
Peri'sHandicapped accessible21 and older show
29 Broadway Street
Fairfax, CA map
www.perisbar.com

The Trespassers have been playing original, string band music together for five and a half years. We are most often described as a Bluegrass band, but our influence stems from many genres. Bronco Ben's songwriting is gritty and gutsy, and, though we are acoustic musicians, his compositions take us through rock, blues, gypsy jazz, and country. Andy's original songs are most often inspired by old-time music, but instead of an Appalachian feel, they have a Western twist. Andy also writes melodic banjo and fiddle tunes, heartwarming folk songs, and all sorts of dancehall numbers. While the two of them write almost all of our original music, BennyLee and Sarah add spice, flavor, and flare with the double bass and fiddle. Most songs include two and three-part harmonies.
A long-time SFBOT performer, Kentucky girl Gayle Lynn Schmitt is best known to Bluegrass loving families in the Bay Area through her work with the Toodala Ramblers. She is returning from last year's performance with her Americana group Gayle Lynn & the Hired Hands. Gayle Lynn's alt-country originals are given a twangy, soulful sparkle with the help of Hired Hands, Rik Elswit on guitar, Jon Mitguard on dobro, Corey Losee on snare, Tom Drohan on standup bass and newest Hand, Jeanine Richardson on percussion. Brenda Hough of Bluegrass Breakdown says: 'Gayle's songs are like a fine Kentucky bourbon-smooth going down with a little kick at the end to makesure you didn't miss one of life's truths.'

The Trespassers, from the foothills of Yosemite National Park, have been playing original, string band music together for six and a half years. The most logical way to categorize their music is Americana, but their influence stems from many genres. Bronco Ben Goger's (guitar) songwriting is gritty and gutsy, and, though they are acoustic musicians, his compositions explore rock, blues, gypsy jazz, and country. Andy Robert's (banjo) original songs are most often inspired by old-time music, but instead of an Appalachian feel, they have a Western twist. Andy also writes melodic banjo and fiddle tunes, heartwarming folk songs, and all sorts of dancehall numbers. While the two of them write almost all of the original music, BennyLee Friedrich and Sarah Cupery Ottley add spice, flavor, and flare with the double bass and fiddle. Most songs include two and three-part harmonies, since all the band members sing. Listeners: prepare yourself to dance, sing, and be inspired!