The Dwyer Family Band – Is It True

Next to the aroma that comes from the kitchen, there’s nothing like music in the house to make you feel at home.
Fortunately, the Dwyers have cooked up enough to share with the rest of us.

“Is It True?” is the title of  the 2008 CD released by this now Port Townsend, Washington based band and the tunes should be familiar to HVBA members who remember the tasty mandolin and fiddle mixture of Jack (he’s the brother) and Katey (she’s the sister) backed up by Bill (he’s the dad) on guitar and Mindy (that’s mom) on bass. If you don’t remember, give a listen and you soon will.

“Is It True”

Traditional tunes are arranged and played with the unmistakable Dwyer touch and homage is paid to the founders of the genre with tunes by Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers. Selections from The Dawg, Bob Dylan  and Richard Thompson spice things up and provide a truly satisfying serving of home-style bluegrass.

“Jack trades sophisticated riffs with Katey reveling in jazz-inspired call and response techniques. It’s easy to see why older musicians seek them out to play with-their performance tends to ratchet everyone up.” – New York Daily News
“Rarely do you get to hear real music, recorded in the studio the way it was actually played.”  –

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Matt Bowe

Our reviewer Matt Bowe taught himself to play ‘Red River Valley’ on a red Montgomery Ward guitar when he was 9 years old. Thirty years later he taught himself to play the same tune on a red Gibson mandolin.

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