Cast for Summer 2016 Shows
Davis has been involved in theatre for 50 years and folk music for about the same time. He has played a role—acting, directing, or backstage—in some forty productions in Vienna, Alexandria, and most notably with the Elden Street Players. His musical career includes singing 1600 gigs with his group, Somos el Mar and on his own and for fun at the Folk Club.
Caroline Ferrante has shared the stage with Grammy winner Paul Williams, Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish, Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead, & Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin. She studied theater and voice at Northwestern University, and spent many summers on family farms in Kansas.
After decades of songwriting and a lifetime of avoiding performance- Caroline broke into the acoustic music scene in September 2011. Soon after, she opened for the Birds of Chicago at the Arts Barn Songwriter Showcase.
Her latest album, "Strand(-ed)" (released 3/20/16) is an 18 track exploration into Americana traditions, feminine identity, and healing. Caroline founded “Songwriters Against Sexual Assault” and on 5/1 launched their first event to raise awareness for victims of assault, and the social responsibility of songwriters who shape culture.
Tom Bodine is a singer/songwriter living in the Washington, DC area. Washington Area Music Association members nominated Tom’s debut CD “Bring Me Back,” which he released in 2013, for a Washington Area Music Award (“WAMMIE”) . Tom currently performs mostly in the acoustic duo “Song Garden” with Kathleen Huber. For more information, please visit www.tombodine.com.
Katie Chambers, Cellist in Washington DC, is an accomplished and passionate cellist. Her performances provide the perfect ambience to any occasion. Katie Chambers can be seen on "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?" on the Style Network, HGTV, Lincoln Center, The Strathmore, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Imagination Stage as well as many other performances venues throughout DC/MD/VA.
Retired from a high-powered job on the Hill, Jim Clark now writes songs instead of tax law. Of Welsh descent, Jim has traveled the world to explore the outer reaches of the Celtic Diaspora. His go-to instrument is a handmade Irish Bouzouki made in New Zealand. Heck, even his license plate reads “DADGAD”. His songs, whether witty or tender, ring with authenticity. For the last ten years, Jim has been one third of the Harley String Band.
Daughter of classical violinist, Marcy grew up backstage at Wolftrap, the Kennedy Center, and the National Gallery of Art. In high school she studied voice and taught herself guitar and in college wrote and sang songs while working towards an art degree. Around the turn of the millennium, Marcy attended Mark O’Connor’s Nashville fiddle camp. She is a member of Dead Man’s Hollow. she’s co-producing a documentary on the music of John Hartford.
Singing, acting, and writing songs are just three of Kestrel’s many interests. She has crewed on high school productions and played a school teacher in Fame Jr. As a youngster, she worked through the entire menu of the local Bach 2 Rock schools and accomplished something most cast members would like to say they have done: played the 9:30 Club.
Vic Cook (a.k.a. L. V. Cook) is a Northern Virginia singer-songwriter with two CDs to his credit ["Granite in the Mirror" (2004) and "Roads, Water and Orange" (2010)]. In 2003, his song "Family Reunion" won the Gold Award in the Folk Category of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. For his other life as a federal retiree, Vic serves as a consultant on food safety and international food trade.
Although Ron describes himself as “a barnacle on many ships,” Ron has been featured as a percussionist and vocalist on 80 albums. Six times he has been named “Most Supportive of Washington Music” by the Washington Area Music Association. Countless local musicians and songsters have launched their careers in showcases he hosts around town. Ron is a long-time board member and officer of Songwriters of America.
Chuck Haskins began playing violin in school orchestras at 10, and guitar at 13. Over the years, he's played and written a wide variety of original, improvisational music in numerous bands, primarily influenced by American "roots" styles (e.g. country, bluegrass, blues, swing jazz, and rock) and the great post-Depression songwriters.
Jim has been playing music since he was a teenager (many, many years ago). Over the years he has studied guitar, banjo, piano, violin, harmonica, and lately, has picked up accordion and Native American flute. Several of Jim’s songs have been recognized in songwriting competitions. As influences, he names "the masters": John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Lucinda Williams. For the last ten years, Jim has been one third of the Harley String Band.
Niels is making his theatrical stage debut as farm hand Lars Svensson in Rain Follows The Plow. As a musician, he's played bass for artists like Bryan Bowers at the Ozark Folk Center, Tony Trischka in the UK, and many others around the country. He was involved in starting several successful Internet businesses. Born and raised in the Netherlands, he now lives with his wife, singer and musician Holly Towne, in Northern VA.
John Keating is a soon-to-be 10th grader at Magruder High School. He has practiced and performed around the Maryland and Virginia area since he was young. He is currently training in vocals and theatre at the Strathmore. John regularly performs in his father's band, Know1Else. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Stevie Wade Potter
Steve Potter has been playing guitar and harmonica, as a soloist and with bands, for 30 years. Much of that time was spent playing electric blues & rock in the Northern Virginia area. Since 2008 the focus has been on acoustic Americana music, incorporating elements of blues, bluegrass, folk, jazz, and rock. The songs in his repertoire are recognizable and timeless. Steve plays finger style as well as flat pick and his greatest influences are two of America’s most treasured musicians, Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson.
Currently you can find him playing music in the Northern Virginia wineries, restaurants, and clubs. In addition he plays private parties, special events, and fairs. He also hosts open mics and sits in with other musicians.
Jeffrey T. Smith
Jeffrey T. Smith is a performing singer-songwriter from West Virginia. As a solo performer in clubs, house concerts, and festivals he has opened for Loudon Wainwright, Roger McGuinn, Donovan, REO, and Styxx. Most recently Jeff opened for Chris Smither at the Harvester Performance Center. Pit Stop Magazine said his album Human Wilderness featured, "heartfelt songs about life in small town USA (that) are true masterpieces of Americana".
Elizabeth Stone is a local singer-songwriter whose first instrument is piano/synthesizer. In addition to performances of her own material at several venues around town, she has accompanied various other musicians in many musical genres.
DC-area native Greg Vickers has a banjo, a guitar, a box full of harmonicas and an outlandish sense of humor. He recorded a cd of his original numbers, Not Quite There in 2004. He won finalist recognition that year in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for his take on our litigious society entitled I Think I’ll Sue McDonalds.
Greg particularly loves singing harmony behind a female vocalist, and recently played with the West Market Trio along with Reston, Virginia friends Nancy Truax and Matt Larsen.
By day, Greg is a membership manager for a national trade association in DC. He lives in the District with his wife, Gillian. They have two grown children, James and Melissa, and five grandchildren.
Western Pennsylvania-born singer/songwriter Tim White has been playing and writing music from an early age. After graduating from Penn State he embarked on a 31-year stint at the Fairfax County Park Authority where he retired as Director. After retiring, White quickly found himself immersed in the local music community. He has performed at venues and events throughout the D.C. area as well as in New York and Pennsylvania. A multi-instrumentalist, White performs solo, and also shares the stage with some of the most talented musicians in the D.C. area.