Monday, May 28th, 4-7 pm on the patio, Railyard Reunion, Bluegrass and Beyond! – We are so excited to have this group come play for us on Memorial day. They are an established group of talent musicians with music chops to spare. We want to let everyone in Santa Fe they are invited to come one down and enjoy one of the best bluegrass bands in the Southwest. If you’re a bluegrass fan and your looking for Santa Fe summer events to attend this is a jam session you do not want to miss.
Please take the time to take a look at the bands current line-up featured below:
Terry Blum – Bass
Terry is the newest member of our band and has played Bass in local Bluegrass, Jazz and Rock/Cajun bands in New Mexico for over 30 years.
Gemma DeRagon – Violin, vocals
Gemma became enamored with the fiddle at an early age after hearing musicians play the lovely waltz “Midnight On The Water” on a street corner on Whidbey Island, Washington. Packing away her guitar, banjo and mandolin, she picked up an old fiddle and hasn’t yet put it down. She received her CORE Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she performed regularly for contra, Scottish and English dances, she returned to New Mexico and has gone on to play many different styles of music in her career – from classical to jazz, folk to bluegrass. Gemma is a popular instructor of violin and fiddle at Baum’s Music in Albuquerque and Santa Fe School for Strings. She hosts her own website http://fiddle-tunes.com/ which contains instructional videos on how to play many of the popular fiddle tunes
Gus Kyriakos – Guitar, vocals
Gus was born in The Bronx, NYC, son of Greek Immigrants. At the age of about 3, picked up a toy guitar he got for his birthday and just started to play along with the song playing on the radio. Grew up listening to the Beatles, John Denver, and most light rock songs of the times, and never ever played in front of anyone other than family. Moved to Florida at an early age where many years later, wife Jeanie made him join a rock band of friends, playing songs from Hendrix, Eagles, CSN, Cold Play, Santana. One day, a friend said “you have to go to this old Florida Bar on the river, The Castaway, where they have been playing bluegrass music every Thursday for the last 25 years”. Well, the rest is history. Getting hooked on the first visit, never missed a jam, playing and sitting in with Bluegrass Bands in Melbourne Florida and lately in New Mexico. Gus designs electronics for airplanes by day, and plays bluegrass and light rock music by night.
Dan Michael – Mando, vocals
Dan started playing guitar in the 60’s focusing on folk music, finger picking, blues and the like. In the late 70’s early 80’s he became a card-carrying Turkey (inspired by Norman Blake) while playing with an Old-time/Irish band in Columbus OH during his grad school years called; you guessed it, Turkeys in the Straw. Playing with the Turkeys, the list of fiddle tunes flying around his brain kept expanding. Several years into the new millennium he picked up a Weber Mando, and can’t put it down. “Where has this been all my life?”. Playing mando for Railyard Reunion is pushing Dan into bluegrass and beyond… who knows where it will lead?
Tim Nolen – Banjo, vocals
Tim (the ‘ole cowboy) has lived about four lives already: rodeo rider (saddle bronc), jazz trumpet player, international opera star and Broadway leading man. Tim was The Phantom, in Phantom of The Opera, on Broadway! And he’s not even twenty yet! Well, maybe in dog years. His family always played bluegrass on the radio when he was just a young caballero. They called it Hillbilly music. He thought it was low class then and hated it. Kids. Humph. He’s gone back to his roots… it happens, folks. Now he’s playing the banjo and singing the good stuff again. Halleluah.