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Three Bean Salad

Mike Black – Mandolin
Mike spent a lot of his early years as a heavy metal guitar player, which accounts for his love of power tunes. Mike turned to the mandolin in 1993 after his father got one the year before. In 2004 Mike was named the Kansas State Mandolin Champion. Mike plays the mandolin he built for himself while working as an apprentice for Summit Mandolins.

Dayle Dryer Black – Fiddle
Dayle grew up singing lots of protest songs while her Dad played guitar and family sang or whistled. Later Dayle received a Masters Degree in Classical Piano. Since a real piano couldn’t easily be packed for camping trips, she picked up the fiddle in the fall of 2003 after her first trip to Winfield and has been rocking out since.

Mike Yoder – Guitar
Mike Yoder is an award winning photographer as well as songwriter. Mike has won the song writing competition at the Walnut Valley Music festival twice. Mike is also a long time member of the renowned Alfred Packer Memorial String Band. Mike is the chief photographer at the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper. Some of his photographs can be seen in the books America 24/7 and Kansas 24/7. And most recently finished his own book of photographs for the 100th anniversary of the Vinland Fair.

Three Bean Salad was formed originally as a dance band with Mike Black on Mandolin, Dayle on Piano and the late Gary Hughes on Fiddle. The most recent line up of Three Bean Salad with Mike Yoder on Guitar was cooked up for the 2004 MandoFest held at the historic Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. Since then Three Bean Salad has opened up for several top name players such as Mike Marshall, John Reischman, Don Stiernberg & Butch Baldassari. Three Bean Salad has also played for Dance Weekends and instrument workshops.

Mike & Dayle Black have written nearly 40 tunes together and have won the Winfield Walnut Valley "new song showcase" in the Instrumental catagory in 2007 & 2009. They were also the Alternate Winner in 2008.