I have been a performer of folk music for over 49 years, singing and playing multiple instruments, including guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, ukulele, and banjo ukulele. I perform for festivals, concerts, coffeehouses, school groups, civic events, libraries, receptions, weddings, and other events. My music ranges from Appalachian string band tunes and ballads to Celtic tunes to blues to contemporary singer-songwriters.
In addition, I teach workshops on fingerpicked guiter,
ukulele, and clawhammer banjo, and give lecture-demonstrations
on the histories of the banjo and the dulcimer.
Since September 2012 I am also co-directing and performing
with the Kentucky Music Ensemble, a student acoustic string
band at Centre College led by Prof. Nathan Link. I have also recently been playing with the bands Dr. Jan (consisting of me [Doc], Jeri
Katherine Howell, Alex Ruffner, and Nathan Link) and Cassiopeia (see below).
Some of my recent performances and workshop presentations have included the Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering, Dulcibrrr, The Great American Dulcimer Convention, the Danville Community Arts Center, the anniversary celebration of the Frankfort Folk Club, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, and the Kentucky folk music course at Centre College.
In addition to more information about me, the links at the right also provide information about the instruments that I play and folk festivals in Kentucky and the nearby surroundings. There is also a link providing information about the Raggedy Robin String Band, of which I was a member for eight years.
Kentucky Ensemble touring band Cassiopeia's spring tour of northeast U.S.
Cassiopeia, a subgroup of Centre College's Kentucky Music Ensemble, did a tour of the northeast U.S. in March of 2016. The band consists of Cassie Chambers (mandolin, vocals, cajon, spoons), Jeri Katherine Howell (lead vocals, guitar), Jimmy Kalb (fiddle), Nathan Link (bass, director), Conrad "Doc" Shiba (banjo), and Braden Urevick (lead guitar, vocals, harmonica, cajon). The following performances were done. Click on the Music tab for two of the songs performed by the group.