About Us

This group interprets music from the folk and old-tyme American traditions on modern instruments with treasured songs and lively instrumentals — we find great joy in bringing this music to modern ears.

The core of Ampersand is Beth Lawton and Dick Hogle, whose duo work shines with the spark of vocal harmonies and a shared musical sensibility.
headshot of Beth Lawton and Dick Hogle
The Ampersand name is particularly appropriate since the whole of this group is definitely more than the sum of its parts!

Beth Lawton
Band manager and mother hen, Beth, incorporates a wide range of vocal styles to her music, adding harmonies that range from sultry to playful. Guitar, hammered dulcimer, and occasionally a banjo or mountain dulcimer, are her instruments of choice.




Dick Hogle
Bringing a warm bluesy style to the group, Dick offers guitar leads, a wonderful baritone voice, and more recently, some nice mandolin leads and banjo pickin’ to the mix.




Topher Lawton
ChrisTOPHER’s mellow baritone voice and foot-stompin’ bones-playing add a depth to all the gigs he joins in on, when visiting from D.C. Topher’s specialty is Early Music, but he is willing to play those “modern” colonial-era tunes when need be.


Dave Moore
Eastern Shore musician Dave Moore brings guitar, harmonica, banjo, and bass to the group, adding his marvelous voice to our rich harmonies.



Eamon Peach  Newest Ampersand member, Eamon Peach, brings versatility on both piano and bass clarinet, as well as a rich musical sensibility as he joins in on our many musical genres.



Francis Lindop
When we visit the north, Ampersand features fiddler Francis Lindop, whose joy in playing becomes evident when you watch his feet fly and dance as fast as his fiddle bow does!



Karl Neidhardt
Karl’s amazing bass-playing can be heard in a variety of groups in the Annapolis area – we are privileged to have him join in with us – whether providing the framework for a folk tune, taking a blues lick, or bowing a deep, sultry drone, he makes that bass sing!


John Hartge
Our friend from Sandy Spring, MD, John’s fiddle, mandolin, and vocals are a joyful addition to our sound.