Andy, Monique, Stephanie and Greg met in 2010 while singing together in an intergenerational family folk music group in Greater Boston with their families. They pretty quickly discovered a common passion for the lyrics and emotion of those timeless murder ballads, stories of jilted lovers, train disasters, infidelity and pursuit of eternal glory that comprise the core of American roots music.
So they took their banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, ukuleles, hands and feet, and added three and four part harmonies to some of their favorite traditional tunes. Since then, WFN has been playing its joyful blend of American folk, roots, old-time and bluegrass music throughout Greater Boston.
Waiting For Neil brings its down-home approach to traditional songs as well as original songs that allow them to sing about current themes that move their spirits.
Andy Rogovin is a multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, guitar and banjo) and WFN's principal songwriter. His songs have been been performed in four-part harmony by inter-generational family folk chorus, the Newton Family Singers.
Andy and Monique also form acoustic husband and wife duo Crowes Pasture, bringing their leather and lace harmonies to contemporary folk music in an intimate setting.
Monique Byrne plays guitar, clawhammer banjo and banjo ukulele. She brings vocal power to WFN, with her bluesy leads and improvised harmonies. Monique's roots in traditional folk music took hold unexpectedly in her childhood, much of which she spent learning traditional South American folk dances.
Stephanie Cogen is ready to sing anytime, anywhere. Her vocals can be grounded and homey, as easily as they can be airy and light. Stephanie's ease with timing and rhythm keeps the music lively and dynamic. When not singing, Stephanie can be found actively greening everything around her and acquiring tambourines.
Greg Peverill-Conti has been playing fiddle for as long as he can remember. With a passion for old time music (the older the better), Greg's fiddling transports you to a different era when music was learned by ear while sitting on the front porch, and songs were made for dancing.
Don Shulsinger plays banjo, guitar and bass with a variety of local Boston bands including Maynard-based bluegrass band Mill Town Rounders. While best known as a Rock and Roll guitar player, Don is passionate about bluegrass music and refining his banjo chops.