Festive dance tunes from world cultures near and far, played with zest and gusto! Mucho Gusto is a Spanish phrase that means 'Pleased to meet you' and also means 'I like it very much.' Both meanings apply to this Northern Shenandoah Valley quartet. Accomplished dance musicians as well as concert performers, they play festive tunes from cultures near and far, old and new, with zest and gusto - and a slice of lime- on a multitude of stringed and acoustic instruments. Venues have included Bluemont Concerts and dances, the Waterford Fair, the Smithsonian Institution, The Inn at Little Washington, wine tastings, weddings, festivals, dances and countless special events. The group's self-titled CD, featuring traditional dance tunes and five Sam Morgan originals, is newly released on the Falling Mountain label. Accompanied by mandolin, guitar and fiddle, the accordion provides the link to many ethnic styles, from Cajun to Quebecois, from Galicia to Venezuela, from Appalachia to Africa. Bass and cello, along with percussion and bouzouki, round out the Gusto sound. The band is: Sam Morgan: Mandolin, guitar, fiddle, piano, winds Sam is a composer and founding member of the acclaimed bluegrass group Hickory Wind. He is a versatile master of many styles including blues, swing, old-time, and Celtic. Tabby Finch: Accordion, hammer dulcimer, hammered mbira, harp A founding member of contradance band the Mighty Possums, Tabby also performs with The Bog Wanderers Ceili Band and Jug of Punch. A multi-instrumentalist of renown in the DC area, she is in demand at weddings, workshops and festivals, and an accomplished session musician with several CDs to her credit. Wayne Turner: Bouzouki, percussion Wayne is a composer, poet, graphic artist and founder of the progressive improvisatory Celtic-eclectic band Happy Creek. Wayne has been performing and producing concerts in the Virginia Piedmont area for decades. Ralph Gordon: Bass, cello Ralph performs and teaches full time in every musical genre from jazz to classical. He is in demand as a performing and studio musician and dance camp instructor, and tours worldwide. Info: email@example.com Tabby Finch PO Box 336 Round Hill VA 20142 540-668-7047.
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