||Bill & Pam Gurley||Laurie Rose Griffith & Peter Mealy|
Bob was voted Fredericksburg's best acoustic act in a Free Lance-Star music poll in 1995, the year his CD Mostly True Songs was published. Since then, he has written a bunch of new songs and has begun recording for a second CD. Music Americana DJ Dick Cerri says "He's got a great sense of humor and had the audience in stitches." Washington Post critic Eve Zibart describes Bob as a "where's-my-Whole-Earth-catalogue sort of New Guy who'd rather be kayaking than fighting the good lawn fight."
Bill and Pam Gurley of Lancaster, Virginia have been mainstays of the Tidewater acoustic music family for many years. Since the early seventies, the couple has performed extensively at festivals and concerts, making many friends along the way. The Daily Press describes their music as "clean and polished yet rustic and natural--musical communication on a deep, honest level."
Pam's voice is known for its crystalline, warm quality. She accompanies her husband on the guitar as he switches with ease between fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin. Their live performances include hot licks, solid songwriting and soaring harmonies that appeal to listeners from all walks of life.
Recently, the Gurleys celebrated the release of their first CD together, Lights of Home. This collection of original songs and other tunes draws from Celtic, Bluegrass and Swing influences to create a unique and enjoyable recording that is being widely and warmly received.
Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy have been performing together for four years. In that time, they have established themselves as one of the preeminent acts in contemporary folk music. Their diverse musical backgrounds have enabled them to infuse folk, jazz, celtic and rock into their repertoire of compelling covers and award winning originals. They have performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and were finalists in the New Folk songwriting competion in Kerrville Texas. Laurie and Peter have received 10 WAMMIE nominations and their CD Tocoi Light won a WAMMIE for Best Debut album of 1996.
Laurie remains one of the most emotive, intuitive vocalists on the scene today inspiring World Folk Music Association's Dick Cerri to comment: "it's easy to fall in love when you hear her sing." Peter's creative guitar playing has earned him a monthly column in Acoustic Musician magazine. Laurie and Peter are committed to bringing unsung songwriters to a wider audience and their second album, which be available in early 1999, will present works by several lesser known regional artists as well as their own award winning original songs. Peter Mealy was one of the founders of the Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase and has been instrumental in its continued success.
Bob GrammanAlso take a look at Bob Gramann's Web page that contains information about performing at Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase
122 Laurel Avenue
Fredericksburg VA 22408
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