Bios

Here are the founding members of our group: (alphabetical)

lauckLauck Benson
Lauck, our banjo player, is a bluegrass and banjo historian with a vast knowledge of these subjects. A banjo teacher at Berkeley College of Music, Lauck delights in pushing his students to try anything, to expand the already rich repertoire of this wonderful instrument.

Lauck has played with countless bands across the country, but hasn’t often taken breaks in Dowland songs or livened up renaissance dance tunes. When Lauck plays these ancient dances you’ll know for sure there must have been some great dancing in the 16th century.

dougDouglas Freundlich
Doug has performed as a lutenist with the BSO, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Renaissonics, Venere Lute Quartet, and many other ensembles.

Doug teaches lute at the Longy School of Music, recently serving as acting Early Music Chair, and is active as a faculty mentor in Longy’s Teaching Artist Program. Other teaching has included Lute Society of America Seminars, Amherst Early Music, and the Boston Early Music Festival Outreach program. On the side, Doug “cross-trains” as a jazz bassist and recently retired from his job as Associate Keeper of Harvard’s Isham Library.  He has recorded for the TelArc, Titanic, Revels and LSA labels.

Anne Goodwin
Anne studied classical vocal technique in her college days and Medieval and Renaissance vocal music in the years following,  performed with Balkan ensemble Laduvane, and toured folk clubs in the US and abroad with various groups.  Anne lives in Arlington. Read more at: Anne Goodwin

PL_concert_soloPeter Lehman 
Peter performs on historic plucked strings: the Renaissance Lute, the Theorbo, and the Nineteenth-century Guitar. All demand different techniques, read from different notations, and come from a variety of musical styles.

But Peter also draws on other influences. Founding director of the Foggy Mountain Consort, Peter is considered by some to be the foremost bluegrass theorbist. Well at least, the only known one. Historically informed and rhythmically inspired – the Foggy Mountain Consort’s setting of Child Ballads are a perfect example of the eclectic mix Peter brings together. These oral tradition songs reach back to the 15th century yet still find their way into contemporary settings.

Peter holds performance degrees from Ithaca College School of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he received a Masters in the Performance of Early Music. Post graduate studies were at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois.

art schatzArt Schatz
Art has been a mainstay bluegrass and country fiddler in the Boston acoustic music scene for more than 30 years. Classically trained as a child, Art played in various community orchestras and chamber groups throughout college and after. He began fiddling in high school after hearing John Hartford, Vassar Clements, Byron Berline, and Richard Greene play with his favorite country, rock and bluegrass bands of the day. Art continues his love for baroque music, and maintains that JS Bach figured out everything that was possible to play on the violin with his solo sonatas and partitas. He currently plays with the Boston country and western swing band Honky Tonk Masquerade and previously played with fellow Foggy Mtn Consort member Lauck Benson in the Reunion Band (bluegrass).