Bio

Lucy Allen (Singer/Songwriter)

Music that reveals and heals has been a constant in Lucy Allen’s life since childhood, when her musical parents filled the house with the progressive sentiments of folk legends Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Peter, Paul and Mary. Today, as a singer-songwriter touring the western Carolinas, Allen is putting her personal stamp on songs that recount life’s struggles and illuminate the possibilities of their lessons – whether they are original tunes or well chosen covers that display her formidable guitar and vocal skills. Those musical skills are obvious on her current CD, “When to Let Go... And Other Songs.” The 12-track collection includes her lovely interpretations of gems penned by such treasured songwriters as Cheryl Wheeler, and Guy and Susanna Clark, as well as three fresh songs of her own. “When To Let Go” not only celebrates the quiet beauty of life’s ordinary pleasures, but highlights Allen’s ability to openly wrestle with a personal issue until she discovers its universal message. In her rootsy live performances, Allen builds a connection with her audience by delivering these sometimes stirring, sometimes amusing, moments of truth, recognition and celebration. “We’ve all been snakebit at some time in our lives,” said Allen, whose affinity for both detail and timelessness dovetails with her Ph.D. in folklore. “So I’m always looking for ways to make people smile and let them know they’re not alone out there.” Allen starting playing guitar as an adolescent, then took voice lessons and stints in Gilbert and Sullivan productions, while attending a Quaker high school in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. It was during an internship at the Library of Congress that Allen first discovered the fascinating field of folklore and went on to study it, first at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and then in Newfoundland, Canada. Along the trail to that degree, she took several life-enriching detours – including playing solo and in a group in the Greensboro, N.C. area; and a year-long residence in England, where she swapped songs and experiences with new musical friends. Lately she’s been adding more experiences to her ever-widening musical palette: live radio, performing and emceeing at regional festivals, and hosting a traditional folk music series. The traditional music series, part of AcousticSeen at the Coffee Underground in Greenville, S.C., links Allen’s knowledge of traditional music with her love for contemporary songwriting. In the past few years, Allen has stepped up her own songwriting. She is gaining confidence in her ability to distill the essence of an experience and craft it into song. And she is taking guitar lessons again – to jumpstart her fingerpicking to the next level. A perpetual student of life, Allen is also exploring another realm of communication: becoming a massage therapist. “In both music and massage, I get instant feedback,” she said, noting the parallels. “In song, I get a response through music and words. With massage, I get a response through touch.” Healing comes in many forms through the hands and heart of Lucy Allen.

Marshall Goers (Multi-Instrumentalist)

Playing a wide variety of music—blues, bluegrass, oldtime, folk, and rock- wasn’t quite enough for Marshall Goers.  So he took an interest in playing a wide variety of instruments, too.  Although rooted by guitar and mandolin, he is also comfortable with harmonica, lap dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, and even bouzouki in his hands.

 

Goers took an interest in music early in life. He and his sister used to sing duets, including a variety of folk tunes and early Beatles songs, providing the family entertainment after dinner.

 

His first formal musical instruction was accordion lessons at the age of nine, while a shy person a la Garrison Keillor, living in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. When his parents had the good sense to move him to Kentucky, he acquired his first taste for Bluegrass and Appalachian music.  He studied piano, played some trombone, and sang bass in the choir before finally acquiring a guitar. His first guitar was purchased from his summer earnings as a tow boat deckhand in 1974. He soon learned to love playing it. His first "tour" was his hitchhiking trip to California and back in 1975.  The guitar was his worthy travel companion!  Early musical influences included John Prine, Bob Dylan, John Hartford, Norman Blake, Doc Watson and Sam Bush. 

 
Since moving to South Carolina in 1990, Goers has played with a number of musical groups, including Run For Your Life (bluegrass and folk), Watershed (mix of folk, folk rock, and original tunes), Saluda Grade (acoustic mix of pop tunes and originals), Gingerthistle (Appalachian and Celtic), Fluid Druid (Celtic), Square Root (Blues and Rock), the Piedmont String Sawyers (Old Time) and the Carolina Tunecroppers (Old Time/ Contra Dance Band).  He currently performs as part of a duet with singer/ songwriter Lucy Allen, performing a mix of contemporary and traditional folk music, original tunes, and old time fiddle tunes.

 

He has recorded with Gingerthistle on Grandad’s Porch; with the Piedmont String Sawyers on Sawing through a Few Good Pieces; a solo album called  Fresh Start; and a CD with partner Lucy Allen called Just Passing Through. 

 

 

AWARDS:

 

2002:   Halloweenfest Old Time Music Competition, Brevard, NC        First Place Dulcimer

 

2003:   Halloweenfest Old Time Music Competition, Brevard, NC        First Place Mandolin

 

2004:   Halloweenfest Old Time Music Competition, Brevard, NC        Second Place Dulcimer

                                                                                                            Second Place Mandolin

                                                                                                            Judge’s Special Award

            Pickens Upcountry Folklife Festival, Pickens, SC                      Third Place Guitar

 

2005:   Halloweenfest Old Time Music Competition, Brevard, NC        Second Place Dulcimer

                                                                                                            Third Place Guitar

 

2006:   Mount Airy Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention            Second Place Dulcimer

            Grayson County Old Time Fiddlers Convention                         Fifth Place Dulcimer     

            Halloweenfest Old Time Music Competition, Brevard, NC        Second Place Mandolin

 

2007:   Grayson County Old Time Fiddlers Convention             Fifth Place Dulcimer
            Happy Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention                 Second Place Dulcimer

            Pickens Ole Time Fiddlin’ Convention                           Third Place Guitar

 

2008:   Grayson County Old Time Fiddlers Convention             Third Place Dulcimer

            Halloweenfest Old Time Music Competition, Brevard, NC        First Place Mandolin

                                                                                                            Third Place Guitar

                                                                                                            Judge’s Special Award

 

2009:   Pickens Ole Time Fiddlin’ Convention                                       Third Place Banjo

2010:   Brevard Halloweenfest Old Time Music Competition                    First Place Guitar

                                                                                                      Second Place Mandolin

                                                                                                      Third Place Dulcimer

2011:   Brevard Halloweenfest 0ld Time Music Competition                    Second Place Dulcimer

                                                                                                      Second Place Mandolin

                                                                                                      Second Place Guitar

2012:   Brevard Halloweenfest Old Time Music Competition                    First Place Dulcimer

                                                                                                      First Place Mandolin

                                                                                                      Second Place Guitar

 

2013:   Appalachian State Old Time Fiddler's Convention                       Third Place Mandolin

 

Group/ Band Awards:

2004    Pickens Upcountry Folklife Festival, Pickens, SC                     

            Third Place Band (w/ Carolina Tunecroppers)

2006    Pickens Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Pickens SC

            Second Place Band (w/ Carolina Tunecroppers)

 

2008    Happy Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

            Third Place, Twin Fiddle (w/ Jeanne McDaniel)

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