Descendants of Prospectors
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Descendants of Prospectors

Murphys, California, United States | SELF

Murphys, California, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"Patrice Pike CD Release Party July 26!"

Another local, a great young musician from Murphys named Rick Moore, made a tremendous contribution to the production of this recording. Rick will be joining Patrice and company on sax and keyboard for this show, and his partner at Great Modulator Productions Kiel Williams will be sitting in as well. Have you heard these guys play? Sensational! Their band the Descendants of Prospectors will play an opening set. Jens Jarvie will also introduce his new CD! Going to be a great night of music. -

"Katy's Wild Weekend"

I spent that Friday at the Blackwater Café in Stockton listening to a two part show by local talent Kiel Williams and The Descendants of Prospectors, and Thick Soup. Both duos (yes, Thick Soup is now a duo) play folk music, they each own recording studios, and seem to have endless danceable original tunes. Kiel Williams and Rick Moore, the members of The Descendants and owners of The Great Modulator Productions play with several well heard of local bands including Alma, Wreswald Chat, and Jens Jarvie’s band "The Mindfully One". Their own music is an indie-folk-electronica blend which gives testament to their versatility and different styles and genres. “I’d have a hard time picking one song to play because of the variety of music we make,” Rick told me when I tried to nail down their favorites; but they did play my favorite song off of their album ‘Ace in your Pocket’ along with several covers by Townes Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen.

With an hour of keyboard, guitar, and saxophone harmonies, "The Descedants" set the stage for Thick Soup, who came together when Brian DeMassey approached them on behalf of his own label, Monkey Belt Records, with an offer to help fund a second pressing of their cd, "I and We." - The Mountain Chronicle


Kiel Williams and the Descendants of Prospectors - I and We 2010

Ginface and the Descendants of Prospectors - The Space Castle Establishment 2009



Descendants of Prospectors is an eclectic, experimental songwriting project formed by Kiel Williams and Rick Moore, graduates of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2005, Kiel and Rick discovered two unique sets of complimentary talents in performance, writing and engineering, which prompted the formation of Great Modulator Productions, a recording studio and music production company currently based in the beautiful Gold Rush town, Murphys, CA. Upon completion of their original studio album entitled "I and We" under the band name "Kiel Williams and the Descendants of Prospectors", Rick and Kiel began forming a group to perform the songs off the album.

Since then, "Descendants of Prospectors" has quickly become a staple of the music and art community of Murphys, a town whose wine-based culture and beautiful scenery demands a vibrant art and music scene. The last few years have seen an incredible surge of youth and fantastic events happening in the foothills, and it's the mission of the band to continue promoting a loving, joyous atmosphere through giving to the community!

"Descendants of Prospectors" now features:

Owen Ridings, on vocals and guitars, formerly of "The Fly". Owen brings a sultry singing voice, along with a spark and unmatched talent, including dozens of original songs.

Nicholas Lefler, on drums, founding member of the local latin reggae supergroup ALMA. Nicholas brings over 10 years of touring band experience to the group, and a rhythmic tightness and ingenuity that's simply unparalleled.

Kiel Williams, on vocals, guitar, and keyboards.

Rick Moore, on sax, drum pad, vocals, and keyboards.

Descendants of Prospectors is currently booking a late March 2012 tour. Want us to visit your town?? Contact us!