Left to Right:
Ken Torke, Chris
Smith, Dave Walker and Jeff Zieba
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The Mighty Crows
is a Bay Area bluegrass band with a traditional style and
repertoire reminiscent of the seminal bluegrass acts of the
‘40s and ’50s. The band is built around the powerful
trio singing of Chris Smith (guitar), Jeff Zieba (banjo),
and Mark Wardenburg (fiddle). Dave Walker keeps the bass thumping
and front man Ken Torke plays mandolin and keeps things moving
as they gather around a single mic.
The Crows made
their first public appearance at the 2004. They've since appeared
at a growing list of events.The
Crows have been performing to rave reviews at venues and festivals
from Etna to Sanger including the San Francisco Old Time and
Bluegrass Festivals, Wolf Mountain, Kings River, Plymouth,
and Good Old Fashioned. They've played cozy bars like the
Riptide and on concert stages such as the Redwood Bluegrass
Associates and the Freight and Salvage. They have appeared
on radio shows such as Ray Edlund's Pig in a Pen (KPFA Berkeley),
Peter Thompson's Bluegrass Signal (KALW, San Francisco) and
Mike Russell's Monday Night Bluegrass (KKUP, Cupertino) and
were featured on Stranger Music, a weekly, alternative-music
series airing on KMVT Television (Mountain View).
Check out our list of
gigs and come visit us some time. You can also join the
email list by contacting the Crows.
Mark's baritone fills out most of the Crow's trios, although
he drops down to bass for the gospel crowtets. He's plays
a fine fiddle and is having fun.
Ken Torke: Ken
plays the mandolin, does most of the MC work, sings an occasional
lead for the Crows, maintains the web site and agitates for
Chris cranks out leads and high tenor harmonies for the Crows.
He plays rhythm guitar and even takes a break or two.
Dave plays banjo with the Homespun Rowdies and is way into
the bluegrass. He wanted to put in some time on the bass and
we're happy to have him.
Jeff Zieba: Jeff
plays banjo (and accordion) and sings lead and is occasionally
called upon to sing baritone.
The Crows have been lucky enough to have several pals
who play bass. We shure would like to send a tip of the hat
to every one of them.
Alex left the Crows but remains forever in our hearts.
Bruce Cambell: Bruce plays with
a bunch of bands and fills in for the Crows on occasion.
Dave Walker: Dave plays banjo
with the Homespun Rowdies and thumps bass for us now.
John Kael: John plays everything
well and helped out the Crows for a year or so.
Paul Knight: Paul is sound man
and bass player extrordinaire, but he lives far away.
Roz Lorenzato: Roz is our most
attractive bass player.
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