Lloyd Thayer is a unique performer, the likes of which you won't see often. He plays all of his songs on a 1929 National tricone squareneck steel guitar with the instrument laying flat in his lap, fretted with a metal bar. His musicianship is superb and he is a sight to behold. lloyd is an underground legend from playing on the streets and in the subways of Boston, where his funky style is always sure to draw a crowd. He is well known for his extended free improvisations, which incorporate many styles of music, including, blues, jazz, rap, folk, funk, middle eastern, indian, punk, hawaiian-often all in the same song! Or, to put it another way, it's not every day that you see someone on the sidewalk with a 77 year old guitar in their lap wailing away on a Run DMC song.
Lloyd has played clubs and coffeehouses all over the North Eastern U.S. including: Club Passim, The Coolidge Corner Theater, Haper's Ferry, The Abbey Lounge, The Sit n Bull Pub, Johnny D's, The Burren, The Middle East, The Bull Run, The Plough and Stars and many more. This gifted songwriter and musician brings a warmth and intimacy to the stage, where his performances are both entertaining and educational. He has written hundreds of songs and he shares his vast knowledge about the history of American folk music as a faculty member of the Passim Center School of Music where he teaches Dobro and Harmonica. Lloyd's songs are thought provoking, powerful and yet many are also absurdly funny and leave listeners laughing and thinking at the same time.
Described as a fiddler with both speed and savage energy, Gus La Casse’s repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and original tunes.
Based in Downeast Maine, almost-16-year-old Gus performs both as a solo artist and with area musicians Peter Lindquist, and also Carl Karush. He was the 2014 student in residence at The Acadia School of Traditional Music, appearing on the Canadian international television broadcast from the Congrès Mondial Acadian 2014. In 2016, Gus traveled to Ireland as part of the Young Tradition Vermont touring group, and is honored and humbled to take the legendary Club Passim stage again in January for the 14th Annual Boston Celtic Music Festival.
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