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1995 - The Noble Jones Project - Synergy


Feeling a bit camera shy


Back in January of 1995 five friends got together in the warmer climates of Bob Rubin’s recording studio to spend the day creating music togeth-er. What began almost 17 years ago as a pickin’ session they simply wanted to record eventually developed into an album mixed and mastered by Bill Wolf and David Glaser that would go on to receive four star reviews from both the LA Times and Chicago Tribune as well as rave reviews from Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. Due to their various commitments at the time touring internationally with such act’s as The McKrells, The Hickory Project and The David Bromberg Band, Synergy was not in a position to promote the magic they had captured on that January day, but that’s all about to change. Allow me to introduce to you SYNERGY.

Craig Vance – Guitar – Goshen, NY
“Laz,” as he’s known, has been creating music since childhood. He began his career as a solo act opening for such noteworthy performers as Doc & Merle Watson, The Country Gentlemen and Berline, Crary and Hickman. He has performed with master guitarist Norman Blake as well as toured with Bill Keith, Frank Wakefield, The McKrells and the Hickory Project throughout the United States and Canada. He has shared the stage with such well-known artists as Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, The Furey Brothers, Bela Fleck, Eric Weisberg, Tony Trischka, Mike Marshall, Travis Tritt, Lonestar and many more. Craig has taken first place honors at numerous guitar picking competitions including Sugar Grove Fiddlers Convention and the Chilhowie Bluegrass Festivals to name a few. Craig is a contributing Columnist for the bi monthly Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Craig has enjoyed playing the likes of Carnegie Hall, Berkley Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center and many other fine venues throughout the US and abroad.

Chris Leske – Banjo/Mandolin – Saratoga Springs, NY
“Bullets” began getting noticed taking first place honors in New York and New England banjo competitions as a young teen in the early 70's. In 1984, Chris earned First Place in the National Banjo Championship at the famous Walnut Valley Competition in Winfield, Kansas. Chris's abilities on lead guitar were featured on two European tours (1981 and 1982) with world renowned banjo master Mr. Bill Keith and Nashville producer Jim Rooney. He was accepted for a banjo seat at Opryland USA the same year, but declined- favoring the opportunity to tour France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Sicily with his then favorite bluegrass duo. Chris appeared in NYC's Carnegie Hall in 1995, and toured Ireland frequently with the McKrells.

Anthony Hannigan - Mandolin - Chambersburg, PA
Anthony has been playing since the age of 4. A human rocket on the mandolin, Anthony is also accomplished on the guitar and fiddle as well. He is the founder of the globally acclaimed Hickory Project as well as the Blue Merles. As an accomplished song writer Anthony has even enjoyed success at the top of the charts with Blues Of Your Love which went all the way to number one. He has played some of the finest festivals and stages around the globe and is the 1999 National Mandolin Picking Champion from the famous Walnut Valley Competition in Winfield, KS. Anthony has toured extensively across the United States, Europe, Ireland, Australia and more and has shared the stage with some of biggest names in bluegrass including Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Frank Wakefield and Vassar Clements to name a few.

Jeff Wisor – Fiddle – Addison, NY
Born into a musically oriented family, Jeff has been creating music his entire life. He began playing fiddle at age 15 playing round/square dances in the Corning, NY area. After a stint in the US Army, Jeff began making music with the likes of the Mississippi Gamblers, Voices of Blue Grass, Eddie Addcock and the Second Generation, the Hickory Project and many others. Jeff has been seen on stage with such legendary acts as Bob Dylan, Frank Wakefield, Liz Meyer and Bill Keith and has even spent 30 years on tour with David Bromberg. Truly accomplished, Jeff has won many fiddle contests including the New York State Championship and has received accolades the country over including from the Smithsonian Institute. Jeff has played with many well-known artists on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry as well as that of Carnegie Hall.

Steve Belcher – Bass – Woolrich, PA
Steve began his love affair with music in the 60’s. His roots began to weave the foundation upon which he gravitated naturally to Bass especially as his love of music began to focus on the acoustic and bluegrass direction in the 70’s. Steve started the band Burnt Toast and is one of the original members of the internationally acclaimed Hickory Project. Having developed a natural gift for promoting events, Steve started the Canyon Country Bluegrass Festival and helped found the Hickory Fest. He’s played many wonderful festivals both large and small the world over and many grand venues including one of his favorite