THE WICKERS CREEK BAND

 

The Wickers Creek Band has been playing together for nearly 20 years. All of us are amateur musicians (which means we have another way to make a living) and, apart from the band, have active involvements in various other musical pursuits. We try to reflect the history and tradition surrounding the origins of old-time and bluegrass music, but also to incorporate a lot of the wonderful developments that have evolved over the years. Traditional American string band music began as a community effort and an expression of community values, and we feel very fortunate to be able to have so much fun doing the music in the context of a band comprised first and foremost of good friends.

Peter Paden, a resident of the Town of Taghkanic, is the Executive Director of the Columbia Land Conservancy. He has been playing traditional music since he was a teenager in St. Paul, Minnesota, where, to their mother's eternal frustration, he and his brother Don whiled away countless hours exploring the virtues of old-time and bluegrass music.

Andy Bing lives in Castleton-on-Hudson and has been executing bluegrass music for over 25 years. He's been a fan of Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs since childhood and started playing the resonator guitar when he lived in Washington D.C. in the early 1980s. Andy is also known to sing and play the mandolin and banjo on occasion.

Rob Bradley divides his time between Long Island and Hillsdale. A native of Montreal, has been singing and playing folk, bluegrass and French Canadian music in the Hudson Valley for many years. He is also the webmaster of the wickerscreekband.com.

Charlene Paden, currently spending a great deal of her time as a goatherd and cheesemaker, became interested in New England fiddling in the 1980's through contra dancing in Columbia County, but her true downfall occurred when she met Peter in 1983 and was introduced to bluegrass. After all these years, she's still in recovery, but the prognosis is good.

Vivian Walsh is a native of the Hudson Valley and enjoys a career as an accountant for a local philanthropic foundation. She began playing bluegrass bass in the mid-nineties. Preferring to stay in the background, she quickly learned the bass player cannot hide. She started joining her husband and friends at jams, and has been playing with local bands ever since.