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SIDE BY SIDE
with Paul Prestopino &
Doris Justis and Sean McGhee are Side by Side. Their close vocal harmonies and guitars back their original songs and original interpretations of the best songwriters. The duo has shared the stage over the years with the Chad Mitchell Trio, Bill Danoff, Nanci Griffith, Debi Smith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom Paxton, Schooner Fare and the Limeliters to name just a few. They have performed on stages from the Kennedy Center to the Birchmere Music Hall — headliners at both in 1999 — Baldwin’s Station, Center Stage and at Washington’s Starland Café. They are featured each summer at the annual Paw Paw Folk Festival in West Virginia. Doris and Sean performed with John Denver’s band in two tribute concerts in Aspen, Colo., and are featured on the CD from that event.
Doris Justis has been a mainstay of the folk and acoustic music scene in the Washington area for several years. She also has appeared in Nashville and at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village among other venues. She has been on radio as a performer, producer and DJ with Dick Cerri’s “Music Americana” and her own “Folk Alley” program. Doris is a recipient of the Appreciation Award from the World Folk Music Association, honoring her years of supporting the music and musicians by producing showcases, coffeehouses and concerts featuring local, regional and national performers. Doris has three solo recordings: “Who To Turn To,” “Doris,” featuring Sean on guitar and as special guest vocalist and “Bright Paintings,” with guitarist Pete Marinovich. In addition, “Doris” includes her composition, “Rainbow Bridge,” inspired by special friends and family. Doris is currently working with keyboardist Dick Kait.
Besides having quick wit and an irreverent sense of humor, Sean McGhee is a master of the 12-string guitar and has an engaging tenor voice. He has been featured at the Birchmere as one of the “Three Folk Tenors.”
Paul Prestopino moves from piano to the harmonica, banjo, mandolin, Dobro, recorder, guitars and bass. He is a member of the dance band, Hold the Mustard and has accompanied the Chad Mitchell Trio (for over 50 years), John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Ron Greenstein has been a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio.
THE SQUID JIGGERS
The Squid Jiggers are a Maine-based folk duo comprised of inveterate musician-entertainers, Dave Rowe and Troy R. Bennett. They took their name from the A.R. Scammell song “Squid Jigging Ground,” a wonderful musical depiction of fishing for squid in the waters off Newfoundland. They combine their talents on guitar, bass, bodhrán, and tin whistles to lay down a thunderous musical base for their robust vocal harmonies.
Dave Rowe was brought up on the Maine music scene, learning the music trade literally at the feet of his late father, Tom Rowe, while the elder Rowe was traveling the country playing bass guitar with Schooner Fare. Starting out as a young roadie and coffee gofer for his dad, Dave began playing out professionally as a bassist at the age of 15, and hasn’t had a real job since! In 1993 the Rowe men got together and formed a duo, which eventually became known as Turkey Hollow when Denny Breau joined. With Tom’s passing in 2004, Dave formed the critically acclaimed Dave Rowe Trio, with which he continues to tour as lead vocalist, and guitarist. With the formation of The Squid Jiggers, Dave comes full circle, picking up his dad’s trademark Steinberger bass guitar and playing many of the songs he used to hear Schooner Fare perform so many years ago.
Troy Bennett grew up collecting Schooner Fare ticket stubs and albums. He started his professional career touring with the Portland, Maine Irish band, Rakish Paddy. Upon leaving Rakish Paddy he adopted the gypsy life, traveling Europe with his guitar, collecting stories and busking on street corners. He eventually buckled down, studying Anglo-Irish literature at University College Galway and the University of Southern Maine. On his return to the states, he started a Celtic duo called Bailey’s Mistake, as well as the Half Moon Jug Band, a high-octane folk group specializing in new uses for kazoos and banjos. The Half Moon Jug Band continues to tour extensively across New England.
“Naked Blue’s trademark acoustic-folk pop sound in its simplest form — good harmonies, a catchy hook and Jen’s breathy voice that at once soothes and intrigues. Whatever your taste, Jen and Scott seem to have something made to order and as the years go by, the selection grows greater and greater. Audiences will enjoy Naked Blue’s intriguing body of music that seems to delight in keeping one guessing.” ~ Leesburg Today. Jen and Scott Smith (Naked Blue), met at Gordon Miller Music in Towson, MD. Within a year, they had begun a writing, recording and personal partnership that has produced 5+ recordings and won critical acclaim. Their dynamic live performances, either as a duo or as front people for a full band, have taken them to 6 countries and across the U.S. creating life-long loyal fans wherever they go. “When you see husband-and-wife duos touring the country as musical partners, especially if they’ve been doing it for twenty years, you can be confident that they’ve achieved a level of communication and compatibility that guarantees the quality of the show. That’s definitely the case with Jen and Scott Smith, whose instinctive feel for progressive folk/pop music has resulted in legions of fans on the Eastern Seaboard, and long residencies on radio playlists across the country. Scott’s command of the electric guitar is almost ravishing, in tasteful service to Jen’s seductive lead vocals and solid rhythm guitar — maybe it takes at least twenty years to get this good…” “With the release of their new CD, Five by Five, Naked Blue has established itself as a vital player on the folk-pop scene.” ~ MetroBeat.
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