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The WhipperSnappers
Three good friends who have been making music together for over three decades, the Whippersnappers individually are touring and recording members of nationally known groups. Together they have assembled and mastered their own rich and unique repertoire of string band music. All singing lead and harmony and playing a variety of instruments,
this lively trio... more

The WhipperSnappers
Three good friends who have been making music together for over three decades, the Whippersnappers individually are touring and recording members of nationally known groups. Together they have assembled and mastered their own rich and unique repertoire of string band music. All singing lead and harmony and playing a variety of instruments,
this lively trio presents an entertaining mix of songs and instrumentals. Included are: acoustic guitar, 5-string banjo, solo and twin fiddles, viola, guitar and piano. Styles featured are: stately Old-world tunes, rousing mountain music and bluegrass, sprightly celtic jigs and reels, Uncle Dave Macon songs, and old and new folk songs. Here’s more about the
individual members:
George Wilson-is one of the most highly-regarded and sought-after fiddlers on the Northeast’s contra dance circuit, is also a versatile multi-instrumentalist at home in many different musical settings. In addition to his fiddle specialties - Quebecois, New England and Cape Breton styles, George also does uncanny renditions of Uncle Dave Macon’s old time banjo playing and vocal style and Leadbelly’s 12 string guitar style. George’s
impeccable rhythmic lilt and drive enliven any musical idiom. He is He has toured Europe with the late fiddler Allan Block and appeared as an accompanist or band member on many recording projects. He is a long-time member of Fennig’s All-Stars, a seminal hammered dulcimer group with whom he has made several recordings, appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion”, and played many large festivals. George’s own CD’s,
“Northern Melodies”, and “The Royal Circus” are showcases of his signature fiddling and sizeable tune repertoire.

Frank Orsini-could be called the instrumental specialist of the Whippersnappers, playing exclusively fiddle and viola on the various styles in the group’s repertoire. His versatility as a fiddler has kept him in demand as a free-lance instrumentalist and accompanist on a variety of styles (country, bluegrass, blues, swing and more,) both in
live performances and recordings. As a bluegrass journeyman he has played in bands with mandolinist Frank Wakefield and also banjo great Bill Keith. He is also a long-time member of the band led by hammered dulcimer player and singer Walt Michael, with whom he has made several recordings and toured extensively in the United States, as well as taken three tours to Ireland, Scotland and the Shetland Islands.

Peter Davis-is another multi-instrumentalist of impressive scope, playing more instruments and styles than can be encompassed in one group’s repertoire. With the Whippersnappers he plays guitar, piano, 5-string banjo and clarinet, but in other groups he adds tenor banjo, saxophone, and others to the list.. Peter also performs as part of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s band, for their monthly radio program, “Dancing on the Air”
and for festivals and other special events. He appears on Jay and Molly’s Cds including the Lover’s Waltz” and “Relax Your Mind.” and played with them on many productions of “A Prairie Home Companion” in the 1990s. Peter also leads his own swing and jumpblues band called “Lindy Hop Heaven” which is at the forefront of the Northeast’s swing
dance scene. They play many dances, festivals and camps and have released two CD’s: “Lindy Hop Heaven” and “Goin’ to Lindy Land”. Peter also regularly plays with “Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers,” the house band at the Saratoga Racetrack (tenor banjo) and “the Clayfoot Strutters,” featuring the great folk fiddler Pete Sutherland. In the 1980s, Peter was part of the back-up band for John Phillips and the “Mamas and Papas” with whom he did some international touring. In recent years, he has shared the stage
with David Bromberg, Natalie Merchant, Peter Schickele, Pete Seeger and many others.

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