BOB PERFETTO (known professionally as Bobby Perfect) is a lifelong musician who plays electric and acoustic guitar, lap steel, bass guitar, violin, and sings. He has performed in venues all around the East Coast, West Coast, and in Europe, solo, or with a number of his bands, including, Blue Rhythm Sandwich, The Night Owls, Blue Fuse, the King Biscuit Blues Band, Good Neighbors, Bokum Road, and Lonesome Valley Riders.
Currently, he sings and plays guitar in a New York-based country band (The Smoky Parlor Boys), and a Connecticut shore band (the Back Porch Pickers). Bob and Leigh perform together as a duo called BlueBird.
His discography includes: Light Blue (a collection of his favorite songs by other songwriters), Shackles (a collection of his -- mostly original -- guitar instrumentals.) He has added lead guitar to tracks on the CDs Eclectic Chanteuse and Oh, Wow! by Leigh Harrison, and on BlueBird’s CD, BlueBird at My Window, and he has recorded and produced CDs for other artists.
LEIGH HARRISON has played guitar for many years and has written songs since the age of twelve. Her voice has been described as “a smoky alto” and “whiskey with a shot of honey,” that ranges from “funky to sultry to sweet.”
She plays acoustic and electric 6 and 12-string guitars, Dobro, banjo/guitar, and diatonic African flute. She has played percussion and performed as a lead or back-up vocalist with many blues and rock bands, including The King Biscuit Blues Band, The Night Owls, Cheyenne Social Club, Jukebox Jamboree, The Pick-Up All Stars, Magic Mechanism, High Park, Bokum Road, and Blue Rhythm Sandwich, and has played guitar with Johnny Winter, and flute alongside Jaco Pastorius.
Leigh regularly works in the duo BlueBird; SongCrew Music released a CD of their folk-rock and country-blues, entitled BlueBird at My Window. Leigh also has two singer-songwriter CDs of her originals and some cover songs, Eclectic Chanteuse and Oh, Wow!, both on the SongCrew label.
DON SNYDER plays 6 and 12-string guitar, 4 and 5-string bass (both acoustic and upright) mandolin, ukulele, and violin, and is an accomplished harmony singer. He is a self- taught musician who first learned guitar on a neighborhood-owned guitar with only 4 strings – an experience that may have led to his becoming proficient on both guitar AND bass.
Don has worked with an impressive array of bands and artists, including Grammy-winning artist Stacy Phillips (in the Stacy Phillips All-Stars), the Easton Banjo Society, Mountain Laurel, Mad River, Jackson Pike Skifflers, Apple Country Reunion, Irena Hart, the Leathermen, Home Made Jam, Long Meadow, the Back Porch Pickers, and has performed at the John Lyman Performing Arts Center (New Haven), Muscoot Farm Restoration, the Fairfield Theatre, and at the first Milford Oyster Festival.
His discography includes the Mad River CD Flow and the Long Meadow CD Greenwich Mean Time.
Sherrill and Don met Bob and Leigh at the Pickin' Party, hosted by Dan Stevens at the Nightingale Cafe in Old Lyme, CT, in 2019 during late summer/early fall.
Sherrill and Don had played together before; Leigh and Bob had performed together for many years as the duo "BlueBird."
Guitar, percussion, vocals
Guitar, lap steel, vocals
Upright bass, vocals
SHERRILL FARKAS, child of classical musicians, grew up steeped in music, beginning piano at five and playing viola in school. Although her family focused on classics, a door to pop music opened when she won a transistor radio at twelve, and she soon bought a guitar. In time the five-string fiddle became Sherrill’s prime instrument, and her lyrical soprano can be heard soaring in harmonies.
In addition to singing in many groups, Sherrill has also arranged, directed and taught music, and provided studio session fiddle. Some genres she has enjoyed working in are classical, folk, pop, rock, bluegrass, madrigals, gospel, Irish, and old-time jazz. Sherrill has sung with Salt and Pepper Gospel Choir, directed the vocal groups Calliope and Sassaphrass, and her past bands include Furious George, and Minstrel & Company.
Currently, Sherrill performs with her Irish band, The Coracles, the duo Not My Wife!, and occasionally sits in with the Back Porch Pickers and other CT groups. Her discography includes The Ballad of St. Brendan (Mitsein Records 2016).
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Upright bass & bass guitar
CARL GARBE started playing guitar in 1966 after purchasing a Univox electric 12-string guitar. His earliest musical influences were Jorma Kaukanen, Jack Cassidy (and their duo, Hot Tuna), the Rev. Gary Davis, Jim Kweskin, Leo Kottke, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Jefferson Airplane. In addition to playing guitar, Carl plays banjo, fiddle, and electric & stand-up bass, and has studied with John Renbourn, Woody Mann, Jay Ungar, Mary Flowers, Bob Brozman, John Cephus, Rodney Miller, Del Rey, and Ernie Hawkins.
In his career, Carl has worked on guitar, bass, or banjo with an array of bands in various genres, including Connecticut blues artist, Dan Stevens, CT songwriter John Brown (in his group, Whiskey & Aspirin), Bobby Perfect's country-rock band The Lonesome Valley Riders, the Drive-By Blues Band, and the Tabor Blues Band. His recorded material includes a track with noted jazz performer, John Renbourn. Over the years, Carl has performed at numerous venues in Connecticut, including the Old Lyme Tavern, The Bee & Thistle, Joe's Filling Station, and others.