Northern Flyer soars into Burnham Hall this Saturday
Contemporary bluegrass band Northern Flyer will be performing for the Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall, 52 River Road, Lincoln, on Saturday, June 9. These four veteran Vermont musicians combine first-rate harmonies with extensive instrumental expertise. Their repertoire includes original songs, unique adaptations of exciting material, and enough traditional bluegrass to testify to their skills playing this demanding traditional music style.
The band appeals to bluegrass and Americana fans, and to all fans of fine vocalizing and strong acoustic musicianship. Band members include: Andy Sacher (mandolin and vocals), Mark Struhsacker (guitar, vocals, and song writing), Andy Greene (banjo, vocals, and song writing), and Kirk Lord (bass).
Andy Sacher started playing the mandolin in the early 1960s. After moving to Vermont in the 1970s, he played in numerous bands, including Dealers Choice, Bob Yellin and the Joint Chiefs of Grass, Stone Coane and Sacher, Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm, and as a founding member of Breakaway. Andy has a reputation for integrating material from other genres and making it sound like it belongs in the bluegrass framework.
Mark Struhsacker nails the demanding role of a bluegrass rhythm and lead guitarist and has mastered the cross-picking solo style made famous by George Shuffler. He founded the WDEV Radio Rangers. In addition to 26 years of weekly broadcasts, they opened shows for Asleep at the Wheel, Kathy Mattea, and Jim & Jesse. When he was working with Elizabeth Von Trapp, Mark sang our national anthem at Fenway Park.
Andy Greene is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. He was part of the original Bluegrass Gospel Project and most recently, the founder and guiding light of The Modern Grass Quintet. Andy’s sparkling banjo picking and tenor and baritone harmonies are key elements of the Northern Flyer sound. He is an astute musician and a major contributor to song arrangements.
Kirk Lord’s professionalism is evident with every solid bass note. One of Vermont’s most in-demand string bass players, he has worked in many of the best known bluegrass bands, including: Big Spike, the Bluegrass Gospel Project, The Modern Grass Quintet, and Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, kids and teens free. For more information, call 802-388-6863.
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