A tight yet classic sound mixing old school country and bluegrass into a web of feel good sounds. Instrumentation is flawless with vocals that take you back to the golden age of Nashville. Sweet harmonies and even a yodel or two are sure to put a smile across your evening.
Minnesotan through and through, Mark Schirmacher’s introspective, image-rich songwriting looks inward and reaches outward; weaving folk, pop, and singer/songwriter influences together to create moody, expressionistic snapshots of people, places, and ideas close to the heart. His 2015 solo debut, “Broken Hearts Shine,” was recorded in NE Minneapolis and is available for digital download and on CD and Vinyl at shows and various record stores around Minnesota.
The unifying element of Debbie, Shawn, and Dawn is that they are dedicated students of Adam Granger’s. In choosing a name for the band, they wanted to recognize this connection and became Granger’s Moonshine. A definition of moonshine from the 1800s describes either: a) great ideas; or b) a bunch of nonsense—depending upon the dictionary you ask. Either way, the name fits and has stuck. The Moonshiners bring together a variety of guitar styles including fingerstyle, flat-picking, and slide for a robust acoustic sound. They play originals and covers from folk, alt country, and old time traditions, throwing in a jig here and there to spice up the mix. On occasion, Adam even joins in, adding flashy guitar leads and humor. You can hear Granger’s Moonshine at local venues around St. Paul and find each of the three playing in a range of musical configurations with friends and on their own.
The Wayward Creek Band includes Debbie Cushman, Elizabeth Giffin and Mary Nienaber. We play an assortment of folk, bluegrass, hymns and other music as inspired by the setting. Our trio had the good fortune of meeting through providing music for Wednesday evening chapel services at Unity Unitarian in St. Paul.
John (aka Aldo) has been performing and recording in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for over 25 years. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from Moorhead State University, where he was introduced to the field of musical scoring, he has since scored several television shows, documentaries, and other projects. John is most proud of the Upper MidWest Emmy award he won for his work on the PBS documentary, Delafield. Other notable projects include the nationally syndicated PBS series Painting with Paulson and the theme to the popular Prairie Public Television kids’ series, Kid’s Zone. His music has been picked up by national television shows, including the Today Show, As the World Turns, Last Call with Carson Daly, NPR, and the Rosie O’Donnell Show, among others. Additionally, he served as the music director of the Black Swan Dinner Theatre in Fargo, ND for one year before moving to Minneapolis to join a friend’s band, Nero’s House Band, that played throughout the Twin Cities metro area during the 1990s. John has released six albums under his nickname, Aldo, which he got tagged with at age 15 (long story). In 2002, he released Expressions, available exclusively through Cardtunes, a locally-owned promotional company. He can also be heard on the award-winning Acoustitherapy series from Colorado Creative Music. Learn more at www.powernote.com.