TAYLOR ARMERDING has been a passionate participant in the New England bluegrass/roots/Americana scene for more decades than he now admits. A founding member of the Boston-based progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights, which recorded nine albums, won a Boston Music Award and a nomination for Song of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association, he achieved national prominence, including appearances at major festivals and tours with Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements. In 2001, Taylor joined the beloved Vermont ensemble The Bluegrass Gospel Project, which delivered a diverse selection of sacred and secular material to audiences throughout New England until early 2017. Taylor also toured extensively with folk legend Jonathan Edwards, and since 2010 has been a member, along with his son, singer-songwriter Jake Armerding, of the acoustic supergroup Barnstar!
ANDY GREENE is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and one of Vermont’s most versatile acoustic musicians. During the 1980s, he performed with the acoustic group Up the Creek. By the end of the decade, he joined the award-winning contemporary bluegrass band Breakaway as guitarist and principle songwriter; they toured along the East coast and released several acclaimed recordings until the year 2000.
Andy was a member of The Bluegrass Gospel Project from 2001 until 2005, and in 2009 he formed The Modern Grass Quintet. The MGQ performed in Vermont and New York, recorded two CDs, and remained active on the festival circuit through 2015. In the fall of 2016, Andy was enlisted to play the banjo with Northern Flyer. He also teaches music and facilitates studio production.
KIRK LORD is a sought-after bassist and a well-respected member of the New England bluegrass community. His early years as a rock ‘n’ roll and R&B musician includied a stint with The Truth, and from the 1980s to the early 2000s, he performed with the northern Vermont-based groups Bob Degree & the Bluegrass Storm and Big Spike Bluegrass.
In 2008, Kirk became the bassist for The Bluegrass Gospel Project and a year later he helped form The Modern Grass Quintet. By 2016, he added to his list of credits membership in Northern Flyer.
Along with his extensive background as a bluegrass bassist, Kirk has shared the stage with numerous New England folk and Americana musicians, including Patti Casey and Colin McCaffrey. In addition to performing, he is an experienced stage and studio tech.
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