Sarah Foard: fiddle, vocals. Sarah blends the clean sounds of a classical violinist with the energy of Irish reels and the soul of early American jazz. Sarah began studying the violin at the age of five in Huntington, West Virginia and completed a music degree at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music studying with Patricia Green, Laura Kobayashi, Piotr Melewski, and Rebecca Henry. Sarah has performed at many venues throughout the DC area including the Kennedy Center, the ATLAS Theater, THEARC, and Strathmore Music Center. She was inspired to play traditional folk music and jazz when she began contra dancing a few years ago. She now performs regularly with the Sligo Creek Stompers and is studying jazz violin with Eddie Drennon.
||Adrian Erlinger: upright
guitar, mandolin, dobro. Adrian was born, bred
in St. Louis County, Missouri. He cut his teeth on traditional music in
the late 1990s in Lawrence, Kansas where he formed the bluegrass outfit
Shoe and filled dobro and guitar
licks on OK Jones’ 2004 debut album Middletown.
influences are the titans of bluegrass and country music: Doc Watson,
Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Clarence White, Tony Rice and Lomax field
recordings. An audiophile and self-confessed music junkie, he has
styles ranging from Chicago blues to eastern European fiddle tunes to
Jess Eliot Myhre: vocals, clarinet, washboard, kazoo. A native Floridian, Jess grew up dodging alligators, swinging from banyan trees and wondering what snow was like. Studying the old records of southern singers like Bessie Smith brought her west to New Orleans, where she became mesmerized by the sounds of the street bands and second lines. She is forever grateful to Joe Braun and the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, who let her sit in every week at the Spotted Cat to learn the ropes of fronting a traditional jazz band. She is now thrilled and honored to be fulfilling her destiny by inciting riotous post-barn dance jam sessions with the Sligo Creek Stompers.
||Chris Ousley: banjos, guitar, upright bass, vocals, bodhrán. A DC Metro-raised boy, Chris tramped off to the hills of western Pennsylvania to study books, beer and banjos. There he woodshedded with old hill cats in barns outside of abandoned steel and coal towns playing any instrument he could take a turn on. His biggest influences in chronological order: Jerry Garcia, Ralph Stanley, Marcy Marxer, Tim Eriksen, Sam Chatmon, and Roscoe Holcomb. Come see Chris onstage with the Stompers, beard and banjo a'blazin'.|