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Rob Sharer
Rob's unique musical voice draws from his grounding in folk, rock, classical, and jazz. A guitar player and singer, he also plays Irish flute, double bass, fiddle, and mandolin.

He has performed solo and with numerous bands throughout his career. In 1998 Sharer traveled to Ireland to absorb the music there. Settling in Clare, Sharer became a fixture for several years on the session scene, playing with many of Clare's finest musicians including Kevin Griffin, Terry Bingham, Christy Barry, Denis Liddy, and Michael Hynes.

Sharer first toured nationally in 1997 with Rounder Records recording artists the Burns Sisters. During 2001-2002, following a brief stint with the San Francisco band Luce, Sharer spent time in Germany, where he produced and played on Dublin singer Shane Brady's recording A Light Shines Out To Sea. In 2003 he appeared with Denis Liddy and Michael Hynes on the acclaimed CD Waifs and Strays, a collection of Clare dance music. The tour to support this release took the trio from Clare to America, Europe, and China.

In 2006, he returned to his native North Carolina, where he teaches Irish music. Sharer's solo recording Vines features his own compositions for fingerstyle guitar.

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David DiGiuseppe
David has been performing professionally since 1978. He is known for his fiery and emotive playing, and is equally at home performing Irish tunes in a pub, French musettes in a cabaret, contra or Cajun music for a dance, or in the intimate setting of a concert hall.

In addition to playing with the trio, DiGiuseppe tours nationally with his ensembles FootLoose and Contrazz, and works with numerous other bands. As a singer and storyteller, DiGiuseppe presents solo concerts to schools and family audiences. Previously, DiGiuseppe has toured and recorded with acclaimed Cajun singer and songwriter J.J. Reneaux, the Big Zucchini Washboard Bandits and many others.

DiGiuseppe has released three recordings showcasing his playing of music from the Celtic, Parisian and American traditions. Reviewer John O'Regan of Ireland wrote "a player of immense talent and vision, David is a musician worth encountering." DiGiuseppe is featured on four releases by his band FootLoose, a new CD by Contrazz, and appears on numerous CDs backing other musicians.

He has also published two written collections of traditional fiddle tunes arranged for accordion through Mel Bay Publications, plus his newest book The Mighty Accordion: The Complete Guide to Mastering Bass/Chord Patterns

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Jim Roberts
Jim has been fascinated with percussion since childhood and still keeps the kid as part of his percussive art. He performs with instruments from all over the world including West African djembe, Cuban cajon, Middle Eastern dumbek, and Brazilian panderio.

Jim has recorded and performed with Flecktone members Futureman and Victor Wooten. He has performed with The Horse Flies, Shane Theriot (Neville Brothers), and Billy Dean (1995 Reba McEntire tour) and recorded with Jan Pulsford (Cindi Lauper, Thompson Twins).

Jim has released three recordings--CapeTown with South African singer Paul Petersen; Two Traditions, featuring the Horse Flies; and Tranze is the Danze (Ancient Hand Project) featuring Beth Nielson Chapman and Victor Wooten.

As a producer and studio engineer, Roberts has worked with diverse musical styles such as African, Afro-pop, Cuban, folk, bluegrass, rock, alternative, and experimental.

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