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The Gaslight Tinkers were born when Garrett Sawyer (electric bass guitar) and Peter Siegel (mandolin, guitar, banjo picker and songwriter) met over coffee to craft a new sound. Peter, having played and recorded in the folk scene for decades with the likes of folks like Pete Seeger, Rodney Miller, and Noel Paul Stookey, brought a deep knowledge of traditional folk. Garrett, with his broad... more

The Gaslight Tinkers were born when Garrett Sawyer (electric bass guitar) and Peter Siegel (mandolin, guitar, banjo picker and songwriter) met over coffee to craft a new sound. Peter, having played and recorded in the folk scene for decades with the likes of folks like Pete Seeger, Rodney Miller, and Noel Paul Stookey, brought a deep knowledge of traditional folk. Garrett, with his broad experience in world music (having toured in the US with Senegalese hip-hop band Gokh-Bi System and the Caribbean with Trinidadian soca star Kurt Allen) brought an intuitive concept of danceable global grooves to the table. The two knew they needed a fiddler to realize their vision, and fortunately happened upon Zoë Darrow. Zoë, a Western MA favorite is an award winning fiddling prodigy and clogger who from the age of four has lead her own trio, “Zoë Darrow and the Fiddleheads,” performing Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton fiddle tunes for many enthusiastic crowds. What was needed to complete the package was ethnomusicologist and world beat drummer Dave Noonan, who brought his experience of performing with numerous reggae/world/dance bands including The Equalites, Ed Mann’s Dub Jazz Unit, Fenibo, and Little Shop of Horas to the table.

The Tinkers have been expanding their radius, playing up and down the east coast these last two years.

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