Every time we see Dave Brown play, he seems to have a different supporting cast. Bass player Ron Penska seems to be the only constant, but Brown has been known to go the solo singer-songwriter route on occasion, too.
Actually, there are two other constants. The show is always entertaining. Whether by himself with a guitar over his shoulder and a harmonica rig around his neck, or fronting his current five-piece outfit, with whom he recorded his latest CD with, the act will always be billed as Dave Brown and The Dishonest Fiddlers.
It is rare that Brown’s band actually includes a fiddle. Just part of the dishonesty, he will tell you, with a chuckle. Here, in another trick, Brown features one. Mark Woodyatt’s delightful riffs, and his bluebird whistle, really compliment Brown’s guitar and singing.
Brown chose this song, Winter Wonderland, because it was written by a guy from Honesdale, which is near where he grew up. The song was supposedly inspired by the beauty of the town’s snow-covered Central Park.
Expect to see a regular lineup from Brown and the Fiddlers as they head out in support of the soon-to-be-released album. They are also working on some live, studio recordings and have plans to go back in the studio for another album that is expected to be released in the summer.
In addition to Woodyatt, who also plays mandolin, the Dishonest Fiddlers lineup is a stellar one, with the familiar Penska on bass. veteran guitar man David Hampton, and Cabinet alum Jami Novak on drums.
You can catch them New Year’s Eve at the Ritz Theater in Scranton, or at Mountain Sky on February 17. Dave Brown and the Dishonest Fiddlers are also currently scheduled to play the Scranton Cultural Center on March 23. Dave says a much fuller schedule, in support of the new release, will be announced soon.