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Bill Walach, Mandolin
Bill Walach’s eclectic tastes and wide ranging interests define a broad spectrum of performance possibilities for the mandolin. He performs both folk music and his original jazz compositions solo, with duos, trios, or with his own Electric Sextet. A resident of Connecticut, Walach continues to compose, to perform new works and to stretch the boundaries within which audiences of all ages can enjoy the music of the mandolin.

“Walach’s electric mandolin and eclectic tastes range over Irish, Spanish, Funk, folk, country, jazz, and categories that only the mercurial minded Walach could define” –The Hartford Courant

Bill is well known throughout the mandolin world as a “silver haired innovator,” an old school musician with new musical perspectives. A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, Bill has performed throughout New England and Europe in a myriad of musical venues including The rock festival at Roskilde in Denmark, Irish festivals in Milwaukee, Pittsburg and Cleveland, fiddle and folk festivals in New York, Nevada’s Burning Man festival, and classical concerts at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami, to name a few. He has also opened for Del McCrory, Dave Van Ronk, Boz Scaggs, Charlie Daniels, and Mel Tillis, and has played with the Morgans, Electric Sextet, and more recently, Finest Kind in Connecticut.

His personable and easy manner and musical mastery always generates an enthusiastic audience response resulting in a broad and diverse fan base.

Bill wrote three songs included in Not Your Usual Mandolin and Tuba Duo and penned most of the arrangements.
A resident of Connecticut, he continues to compose, perform new works and to stretch the boundaries of music for the mandolin.

Gary Buttery, Tuba
From his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Gary Buttery attended the University of Kansas and the University of Northern Colorado, earning Bachelor and Masters degrees in tuba, music theory & composition. An active performer, conductor, educator, and composer, he is published by Cimarron Music and Theodore Presser. Before his career in the United States Coast Guard Band as principal tuba from 1976 to 1998, Gary performed with the Long Beach (CA) Symphony, San Carlo Opera, and taught at Pepperdine University. He has the distinction of being the first tuba soloist to be interviewed by Johnny Carson and featured with the Tonight Show’s NBC Orchestra in May 1979.

Gary is the Director of Bands at Connecticut College and is the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Rhode Island. He is principal tuba with the Boston Festival Orchestra; he directs TubaChristmas concerts in Connecticut and Rhode Island and performs yearly in Europe with Alchemy. Numerous composers have written works for Gary, as well as his own Yves Tanguy-Images in Sound (for tuba & electronics) and Conversations With Grace (for tuba & humpback whale). Many of his compositions and arrangements can be heard on the Alchemy recordings, including the most recent CD Prelude and Groove. His other recordings include Tidal Wave with mandolinist Gus Friedlander, The Real McCoy with his group ‘Old Possums Jazz Band,’ Festival on the Erie with the ‘Boys of Wexford,’ as well as many other recordings over the years, involving folk, jazz, and new music projects.