The Wickers Creek Band
performs an eclectic mix of traditional American music, primarily in the Bluegrass tradition. The four-person group sings in close, blended harmonies backed up by varying combinations of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass. The band's repertoire includes classic and contemporary Bluegrass, country and Appalachian music, with a dollop of French Canadian, Celtic and New England dance tunes thrown in for good measure.
The group originally hails from the hills of lower Westchester County where Wickers Creek flows into the mighty Hudson River, but band members have recently been spotted migrating up the Hudson to Columbia County. Featured are lead singer Peter Paden on banjo and mandolin, Charlene Paden on fiddle, George Morrow on guitar, Andy Bing on mandolin and dobro, and Rob Bradley on upright bass. The band has performed at the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the annual Willow Creek Bluegrass Festival in Montgomery NY, the Columbia Land Conservancy’s annual Shad Bake, Manhattan’s Parkside Lounge and Millerton’s Manna Dew Café, as well as many public and private events around the Hudson Valley and Long Island.
“Letter From My Darlin"
The Wickers Creek Band has been playing together for nearly 20 years. All of us are amateur musicians (which means we have another way to make a living) and, apart from the band, have active involvements in various other musical pursuits. We try to reflect the history and tradition surrounding the origins of old-time and bluegrass music, but also to incorporate a lot of the wonderful developments that have evolved over the years. Traditional American string band music began as a community effort and an expression of community values, and we feel very fortunate to be able to have so much fun doing the music in the context of a band comprised first and foremost of good friends.