The regular members of the Crew—Sherry Walrath on vocals, Doug Walrath on keyboard, Andy Buckland on bass and Scott Dixon on drums—will be welcoming a variety of guest artists to join in the evening.
Andy Buckland teaches and plays a wide variety of music – from Celtic to Jazz – throughout Maine. Scott Dixon who grew up on the South Strong Road began playing drums as a student at Mt. Abram High School. Sherry Walrath began singing in clubs in Detroit and Chicago when she was still in high school. Doug Walrath started playing jazz piano with local jazz groups while he was a student at Rutgers University.
The South Strong Road Crew has roots that stretch back thirty years in Strong. In the 1990s the late Boyd Richards joined with Doug and Sherry Walrath to bring jazz musicians together at their farm to play traditional jazz. Musicians from all over Maine gather every summer to play jazz just for the fun of playing it.
“We never know for sure who will join us until the day we get together,” Doug Walrath says. “But no matter who comes it works because we all have played the old standards for many years—some of us for more than sixty years! The spontaneity is part of the fun.”
This concert will offer a great evening of New Orleans style traditional jazz. There will be lots of lively and fun music.