The Old Time Bluegrass Singers play classic bluegrass, the high-energy American string band music with roots in country, old-time dance band and gospel music traditions, and share their enjoyment of this lively music with audiences across the country.
"Old Time Bluegrass Singers" was in fact the original name of Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys" That band originally featured
bluegrass pioneer a nd mandolin player Herb Applin, often singing high tenor over Joe Val himself. The band grew from those roots to move in its own direction, modern yet faithful to traditional bluegrass and song presentation.
Today's Old Time Bluegrass Singers band came together in 2003. Along with Mr. Applin on mandolin and fiddle are Dick Bowden on guitar, Lillian Fraker on bass, Robert Fraker on guitar and fiddle, and Terry McGill on banjo. All contribute vocals in the characteristic "stacking" of close harmonies.
The Old Time Bluegrass Singers are known for their slightly wacky onstage humor, which will presumably be in evidence at our Showcase, as well as for their for their tight harmonies, soaring vocals, and driving instrumental style. "Take note," says Bluegrass Unlimited magazine; "This is how it should be done."