2017 PADDLE FASTER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Congratulations to Todd Michael and family for putting on a top notch event! The 1st annual Paddle Faster Bluegrass Festival was fantastic and we hope there will be many more to come. We enjoyed spending the day at Hilltop Farm in Suffield, meeting many old and new friends, eating some great food, and of course, playing our two sets at the main stage. Hope to see everyone again in 2018.
FIVE GETS A NEW FIDDLE PLAYER
A hearty welcome to KAT WALLACE who joined Five in the Chamber earlier this year! Kat, a Connecticut native from Guilford, is a professional musician that can play many different music styles in all different venues. We sincerely welcome her with arms wide open! (Read more about her bio in "THE BAND" section).
2017 JOE VAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
We made our 6th consecutive appearance at the 32nd annual JOE VAL Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA. It was another spectacular weekend of music, fun, and catching up with friends. Thanks to all who supported our show on the Showcase Stage.
2016 HOLIDAY PARTY
We all celebrated the festivities at Vazzy's 19th Hole Restaurant in Fairfield. Great time had by all!
2016 PODUNK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
We all just got back from an incredible four days at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Hebron, CT. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who braved the heat and came out to see us play in the band competition. We are proud and humbled to announce that because of you all, we won the "Fan Favorite" band. Truly enjoyed meeting so many new friends and catching up...(and, of course pickin all day and night),...with our festival families. Congrats to Roger Moss and his team for once again producing yet another top shelf bluegrass festival. Del yeah! We couldn't think of a better way to spend the weekend.
2ND ALBUM RELEASE
We are excited to announce that we are back in the studio working on our second CD release. This time we’ll focus more on the songwriting talents of the band and release an album of full originals.
|Saturday, October 7th, 2017||Hindinger Farm Harvest Festival||815 Dunbar Hill Rd, Hamden, CT 06514||12:00 - 3:00|
|Sunday, October 22nd, 2017||UCONN Storrs Campus||Storrs, CT||1:00 - 3:00|
|Saturday, November 18th, 2017||Outer Space Ballroom||295 Treadwell Street, Hamden, CT||TBD|
Ken McEwen (Guitar/Vocals)
Ken picked up his brothers guitar at age 12 and never quit! Soon after, his vocal ability flourished and he became known for singing in choirs, the school chorus and later folk and rock bands. After attending his first bluegrass festival in 2001, Ken was hooked on the stylings of Flatt and Scruggs as well as contemporary bluegrass artists. Ken supports the local music scene by serving on the Board of Directors of CT Folk and performing at many non-profit organizations fund raisers each year.
Pete Kaufman (Banjo/Vocals)
Pete is a Milford, CT based five-string banjo player. In addition to Bluegrass, he enjoys exploring a wide range of musical stylings. Jazz, Irish, Rock, and Outlaw Country are all major influences. Pete is an active leader in the New England roots music scene, serving on the board of directors for several non-profit music and arts organizations.
Dave Casali (Upright Bass/Vocals)
Dave is from Glastonbury, CT and is the bass player for Five in the Chamber. Dave began his musical career in high school garage bands in the early 1970’s. When Dave purchased the Circle Album back in 1974, there was no turning back. Bluegrass was in his blood and continues to this day. Dave has been a member of several bluegrass bands in the past playing banjo, guitar, and recently, upright bass.
David Sasso (Mandolin/Vocals)
David hails from Indiana, near Bill Monroe's old stomping grounds. He was classically trained and has a degree in music composition from Indiana University. David met the rest of Five in the Chamber at his first bluegrass festival outside Boston in 2016. With February temps plummeting to negative 20 outside, David had nowhere to run to when the bluegrass bug came to bite.
Kat Wallace (Fiddle/Vocals)
Kat, a Connecticut native, is a recent graduate of the Ithaca College strings program. Classically trained, she drifts effortlessly between Johann Sebastian Bach and Kenny Baker. An accomplished and impressive instrumentalist...and vocalist... her fiddle chop adds texture and swagger to the sound of Five.
NEW VIDEO FROM OUR 2016 PODUNK PERFORMANCE
Click here to watch: Five in the Chamber opens with Twilight Lady at the 2016 Podunk Festival
Click here: Joe Val Festival, February 2016, Showcase Stage Click here: Joe Val Festival, February 2016, Showcase Stage We hope to have more videos coming soon! Some tunes off our live CD and at the WPKN radio studio. I'll Get Over You (LIVE) Raliegh & Spencer Fire on the Mountain - (Live on WPKN) Order your copy of our CD, LIVE IN THE CHAMBER