Breakin' Strings

Breakin' Strings

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"Breakin' Strings is Maine's top Bluegrass Band without a doubt!!" - Blinnhill Music Productions "The Vocal and intrumental abilities in the the band will just blow you away!" - Brilo Audio Recording Studios

Biography

Cliff Randall -

Cliff if what the lonesome sound is all about. His powerful vocals and deep commanding sound differ from any other vocalist. Cliff cries out ballads, and preaches the message of any song he performs, receiving the attention of any audience.

Still in his teenage years, he is known as an accomplished mandolin and guitar player, working in several genre's of music. Cliff remained true to the roots of all music, while still learning the other genre's by playing with several different bands throughout; such as Dirigo Highway country band and The Gelina Family bluegrass band. Although still a teenager, Cliff has over ten years in the music business and has competed through the years winning several awards such as best vocalist, entertainer and the NACMAI (North America Country Music Assn.)Youth Ambassador award.

Cliff's talent is absolutely apparent when he performs and he also has been called one of the most gifted song writers around. Cliff's high lonesome sound and diverse talent make him a foundation and necessity for Breakin' Strings.

Andrew Bohrmann -

Andrew grew-up listening to everything from The Beatles and Frank Zappa to Mozart and Benny Goodman, but it was watching his brother Bucky play guitar in his bluegrass band that really made him want to play the guitar. “He is the standard to which I hold myself.” Says Andrew.

While living in Iowa, Andrew was reintroduced to Bluegrass by his friend, Mike Pelzer who loaned him the CD Every Time You Say Good-Bye by Alison Krauss and Union Station.

"Andrew's rock solid rythym and lead guitar playing rings true to the roots of Bluegrass Music,” says Steve Bixby. http://www.tidewater.net/~blugrass/Steve.htm

By 2004 Andrew was becoming an accomplished Bluegrass guitarist and flatpicker. A regular at festivals and field picking jam sessions, Andrew’s reputation as a high-energy Bluegrass guitarist began to take root. "We have known Andrew for quite a while now and have enjoyed playing music with him on every occasion. He plays his guitar and sings with energy, enthusiasm and with a distinct drive that makes it appealing to traditional and contemporary bluegrass listeners alike." Kip and Dale, The Hemingway Brothers. http://www.hemingwaybrothers.zoomshare.com/0.html

In the summer of 2007 Andrew met Cliff Randall (Gelina) at a late night jam session at the Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival. After playing a few songs, Cliff invited Andrew to join his reformed band Breaking Strings.

Edward Howe -

He was raised in a very musical environment as his parents are rabid fans of down-home string band music, often taking Edward and his younger brother, Thomas, with them to music festivals around the state. Edward took an interest in music at the early age of 4 and started learning classical violin using the Suzuki method. At the age of 7, he met fiddler, Pam Weeks of Scrod Pudding, and studied with her through the age of 15. While still quite young, Edward, Thomas (who was, himself a fantastic mandolin player), and their father, John, began playing together as the Howe Family Band. They performed extensively throughout New England playing a number of Bluegrass Festivals. It was while performing at Bluegrass festivals that Ed was encouraged to compete in fiddle contests. He proved to be a deadly competitor, taking medals in most.

In the late nineties, Ed met local Maine fiddler, Lissa Shneckenberger, who was, at the time, playing with Wake the Neighbors, a high-powered contra-dance band with a good deal of local renown. Ed sat in with the band a few times and before long had joined. It was while in Wake the Neighbors that Ed began his study of Celtic music. When Lissa left the band to study at the New England Conservatory, Edward was left to hold up the fiddle duties by himself, which he did with aplomb. Wake the Neighbors continued to play regularly for local concert series and contra-dances. Edward, an audio technophile runs his own small sound company, and is now developing his own signature line of violin pickups. He plays a turn of the century French violin that previously belonged to the late Rufus Thibodaux , legendary Cajun fiddler from Louisiana. He lives in Bristol, Maine. Now Ed is looking forward to the adventures of Breakin strings

Hunter Webber -

Hunter has been playing banjo since the age of twelve, his grandfather always had one in the closest and for as long as he can remember he have always taken it out and twanged around on it for a bit. of Course this drove everybody nuts :p
one day his uncle tuned it up for him and showed him the beginning to "duelin' Banjos'' and also showed him a few practices that he could work on. So since then he practiced on and off, until september of 2004. He went to thomas point beach (His second bluegrass festival ever) and He got to get an autograph from Earl Scruggs, and his picture taken with him. Later on that night Earl Scruggs played with his band, and he

Discography

In studio.... Cd coming soon

Set List

**Some Covers**
Bluegrass man
Lost and I'll never find my way
Maryann
Free Born Man

** Some Originals**
Jenny
Sara's Lament
Howling at the night

Each Set Ranges From 30 min to an 1 hour

Minimum of two sets