July 22, 2016
Hudson Valley’s master bamboo flautist and saxophone player Steve Gorn presents an evening with Otter Creek. Steve says, “It’s a pleasure to bring my Utah cousins to the Cafe. Peter and Mary are wonderful musicians, and their music rings with soulfulness and joy. I’ll be there to sit-in and join the music.”
With 10 instruments between them, and 53 strings to tune, Otter Creek (Peter & Mary Danzig) have toured from the Golden Gate Bridge to Plymouth Rock with their virtuosic instrumentals, adept songwriting, and visionary arrangements of traditional and original tunes. They have drawn praise from around the country, leading one critic to describe them as “a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect.”
The title track to their third album The Fiddle Preacher debuted at #10 on the Folk Charts (November 2015).
Otter Creek’s classical training, combined with Peter’s deep roots in the folk tradition, enable them to cross boundaries among musical genres. They have performed with the Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society in the Utah and Nevada premieres of Carol Barnett’s Bluegrass Mass, and performed with the Utopia Early Music Ensemble in programs that blend classical and folk traditions. Their arrangement of “Down in the River to Pray” was featured in the 2015 Season Finale of TLC’s Sister Wives.
In addition to their polished sound as a duo, Peter and Mary’s daughters The Three Muses often appear on stage with them. Drawing frequent comparisons to the Peasall Sisters, their three-part harmony and infectious charm never fail to put a smile on every face in the room.
“Otter Creek combines folk music with old time, sprinkles it with a seasoning of Celtic and western roots, and produces a wonderful sound that is both unique and refreshing. Peter sings right from the heart while, at the same time, brings a magical musical talent to whatever instrument he picks up. Not only does Mary have a captivating voice, she coaxes tones from her fiddle that can only be matched by a first chair violinist in a national acclaimed symphony. Together they make a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect. These are two of the nicest people I have ever met and two of the finest musicians America has to offer.” –Gene Bach, Siskiyou Bluegrass Show, KSYC 103.9FM, Yreka, California
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