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ShoreGrass Band

Bio of the Band

ShoreGrass is a bluegrass band from the Connecticut shoreline comprised of Frank & Barbara Shaw (banjo & guitar) and various musicians on mandolin, fiddle, bass and Dobro. The full ShoreGrass band is usually a quintet, but they also frequently perform in smaller configurations, during which they sometimes call themselves SHORTGrass!  The group has performed locally as well as around the Northeast since 1996.

The very first time they called themselves ShoreGrass was in January, 1996 at a "Soup for All" benefit at the 1st Congregational Church in Branford, CT, with the Shaws, Dave Dietrick and Dick Hall. Through many seasons and many band changes, the music goes on based on family-oriented values, love of making music and the support of people who enjoy their music.

Their music is a lively mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, early country, gospel and folk songs as well as original pieces reflecting their roots in contemporary music with a local flavor. The group has several singers who alternate leads on 3-part vocal harmonies, and that unique bluegrass blend of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass and Dobro. Their musicianship demonstrates the range and uniqueness of each instrument as well as an unusually rich vocal blend, all delivered with the special sense of humor that marks all ShoreGrass performances.

ShoreGrass has released four albums, including "In Connecticut" (2001), "Songs of the Civil War Era" (2005), "Going Home" (2007) and "Hummingbird" (2014). Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called their "Going Home" album "a pleasant collection of down-home music that should attract considerable attention for the band."  Sing Out! magazine called ShoreGrass "a refreshing reminder of what bluegrass music is really all about:  a talented, family-based band that seem to truly relish playing and singing together."

Past performances include:

Apple Rehab Saybrook
Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Atria Larson Place
Audette House Concert Series
Babb's Bluegrass Festival
Bauer Park Harvest Festival
Beardsley Park ZooFolk Concert Series
Blackstone Library
Borderline Folk Music Club (NY)
Brandywine Senior Living
Branford Chamber of Commerce
Branford Elks Club
Branford Family Day Festival
Branford Folk Music Society
Branford High School
Branford Hills Health Care Center
Branford Historical Society
Branford River Festival
Bushnell Park Cafe
Chaplin Congregational Church
Cheshire Strawberry Festival
Community Dining Room
Comstock Ferre & Co, Wethersfield
Congregational Church in South Glastonbury
Connecticut State Capitol - BESB Awards
Country Corner Coffeehouse (MA)
Cromwell Hilltop Covenant Church
Deep River Concert Series
Dolly Madison Inn
East Hartford Community Cultural Center (EHCCC)
Elizabeth Park Pond House
Fiery Hill Festival (NY)
Firebox Restaurant of Hartford
First Baptist Church of Shelton
First Congregational Church of Branford
First Lutheran Church of New Britain
Fish Family Farm in Bolton
Guilford Savings Bank
Harbor Village
Hartland Hollow Bluegrass Festival
Haverstraw Library (NY)
Hearth at Tuxis Pond
Hilltop Farm in Suffield
Lyme Public Hall
Madison Farmer's Market
Madison Bauer Park
Middlefield Federated Church
Mineral Springs Foot Stomp'n Festival
NEFFA (MA) (New England Folk Festival)
New Haven Folk Festival
New London Unitarian Coffeehouse
Newtown's Edmond Town Hall
NOMAD Festival (Northeast Music, Art and Dance)
North Haven Congregational Church Pierpont Series
Old Fiddler's Convention (Galax, VA)
Old Roxbury Station
Old Stone Church Coffeehouse of East Haven
Overseas Ministries Study Center of New Haven
Owenego Inn
Performing Arts Center of Easthampton (MA)
Private parties galore....
Quarry Ridge Golf Course
Saybrook Point Inn
Seabury Community
Shady Creek Festival
Simsbury Community Farm (Chrysalis Center)
Sounding Board of West Hartford
South Farms Festival of Morris
St. John's Folk Traditions Night & Bluegrass Showcase
Stonington Village Fair
Sunset King Chapel, DeFuniak Springs (FL)
Temple Beth Sholom of Manchester
The Branford Festival
The Space (Hamden)
The Outer Space
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival with Al Hawkes Band (ME)
Trinity Church Newtown
Westchester Bluegrass Club (NY)
White Lilac Tearoom
Whitney Center (Hamden)
Willie's Steak House of Manchester
WDBJ (Roanoke, VA)
WPKN - live
WSHU - live

Frank plays banjo and is a retired manufacturing engineer. He is a multi-instrumentalist who was bass player and vocalist in the 70's folk / rock band Clean Living, which recorded two albums on the Vanguard label, and was winner of the 1st place old-time banjo award at the 2001 Roxbury Contest. He sings lead, baritone and tenor, whatever the song requires. Frank also teaches banjo, giving private lessons in both clawhammer and 3-finger style.

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Barbara plays guitar (and sometimes bass and fiddle), sings lead and harmony and writes original music for the group. She is a retired  information technology consultant and is currently a freelance writer (among other things, her "Bluegrass Benediction" was published in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine), photographer and gad-about.  She handles all the band business, one-stop go-to for bookings, publicity, web maintenance, graphics, online music sales, etc.

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Every show is different! 

ShoreGrass

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This page last updated 10/20/2014