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.
The Ampersand name is particularly appropriate since the whole of this group is definitely more than the sum of its parts!
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.
ChrisTOPHER’s mellow baritone voice and foot-stompin’ bones-playing add a depth to all the gigs he joins in on. Topher’s specialty is Early Music, including shape note singing, but he is willing to play those “modern” colonial-era tunes when need be.
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!