Mixing folk,bluegrass and a honeymoon

Newlywed couple brings banjos, talent to town for concert

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2000

A pair of newlywed old-time musicians will play a concert next week while honeymooning in Juneau.

Stan and Annie Moser play old-time, folk and bluegrass music. Theyll perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Cafe Myriad.

We just got married last week, said Annie Moser. We had planned this vacation anyway. We decided it would be great to play someplace on our honeymoon. Well be up there kayaking and hiking.

Stan will bring two banjos from his collection of 17 instruments, she said. They both play guitar and sing, but in performances he concentrates on the banjo.

Both are classically-trained musicians who shifted their emphasis from classical music to old-time music.Stan studied guitar in Spain for four years when he was in his 20s, Annie said. He returned to the U.S. and played professionally and taught.

She said he found the life of a professional classical guitarist was not to his liking. He practiced three or four hours a day to keep his skill level high, and the demands were too great on top of performing and managing a musical career.

He had fooled around on banjo and switched pretty much to banjo, although we do a lot of double guitar stuff, she said.

Stan played in the Seattle-area contra dance group The April Fools, and has performed at numerous folk-music festivals and competitions. He has collaborated on recording projects and instructional videos.

She said hes a frailer, not a bluegrass picker, which means he favors the driving banjo style associated with old-time American music. They even do bluegrass songs in an old-time style. She has finger-picked guitar for years and recently made the switch to flat-picking, playing in the style that traditionally best accompanies the frailed banjo.

Annie grew up in Yakima, Wash., singing in church and for fun with her sister. She is a classically-trained mezzo-soprano and sang with the Cascade Foothills Chorale, a Washington choral group, and with the groups the Devine Sisters and Prism. She said shes always loved folk music. She and Stan both sing lead and harmony.

The couple met at a contra dance and began playing music together for fun about a year ago. They started busking on the Puget Sound ferries, playing for tips. They recorded a demo CD this spring and she said their musical opportunities as a performing duo just snowballed.

The cover for the concert next Thursday is $3 or a two-dollar bill. The Cafe Myriad is located at 230 Seward St.

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