It was a brisk day but we had a good crowd in the Mangrove, sipping coffee and eating soup, while enjoying three really fun bands. The afternoon started out with Freaks of Nurture featuring Doyle Stewart and Jill Snyder... these two met when their teenage cello playing kids, Emily and Gabe, were dating each other. Doyle and Jill realized that they shared an affinity for American folk music... started playing and came up with a list of over 25 songs they could play immediately... harmonies included.... WAY too much time spent with the record player in the 60s and 70s!
The Celtic band, 317 features Jill Snyder, a mom of three and a classically trained vocalist with lots of experience performing producing and recording, she has some Irish blood and an Irish soul. Gabriel Plank works in the Geology Dept at UNR and plays a wide variety of instruments including the accordion and the washtub bass. He has played in classical music organizations (viola and violin) but specializes in sea chanties!!!! AND Kevin Lyons, a real Irish tenor originally from Ireland, he owns a computer company by day and by night (and on the weekends!) and spreads his Irish charm and heritage through music. He has travelled all over the world sharing Irish music. Alan Lyons, Kevin's son, on violin, currently attends UNR,plays all kind of music but with two parents from across the pond, his Celtic roots are strong.
Alan and Daniel Lyon who along with Kent Irwin performed with their folk/punk band ³bo deens². This group featured three talented young men ages 15 - 18, playing guitar, violin and mandolin plus the traditional bodhran, a unique Irish hand held drum.
Great Sunday afternoon music!