Geoff Bartley & Howie Tarnower sing in harmony and play pre-WWII country blues and Delta blues, primitive jazz, traditional folk music, southern mountain string band music, and songs Bartley has written.
Geoff is a nationally respected folk/blues guitar player, harmonica player, songwriter, and singer. His ninth record “Put the Big Stone Down” (2009) went to No.1 on the international FolkDJ Radio chart in January 2011. Some of Geoff’s songs have been recorded by other artists in New England, Nashville, and Canada, and some are included in the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine collection in Washington, DC. The song Cut by Wire co-written with John Gorka was recorded by Dublin’s Mary Black. Geoff plays guitar and sings harmony for folk treasure Tom Paxton at concerts and festivals in the northeast and elsewhere, and has done so since 1994. In the 1980s, Geoff won four guitars at the National Fingerpicking Championships hosted by the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. www.geoffbartley.com
Howie Tarnower is a multi-instrumentalist and well known veteran of the Bluegrass and Folk world. He has recorded and toured extensively with many bands including The Fiction Brothers, Country Cooking and Special Consensus. He has performed with many of Bluegrass' finest musical talents - Tony Trischka, Peter Wernick, Matt Glaser, Don Stover, Chris Jones, Hazel Dickens, and Rose Maddox to name a few. He has played on dozens of recordings, soundtracks and broadcasts from Prairie Home Companion to Car Talk. He continues to perform with many local artists as well as his own bands Boston City Limits and The Blue Suede Boppers.