These Winter Joys
Tina Bergmann and Bryan Thomas have been performing together since 1995. Their mutual love of and interest in music of many cultures brought them together and they pefrom as a duo and as part of Hu$hmoney Stringband. Tina is a self-taught musician brought up in the aural tradition who became an instructor and played professionally at an early age. At age 12 she established a thriving private studio and went on to perform and instruct at festivals and camps around the country. She is known for her driving energy and syncopated rhythms and was described by Pete Seeger as 'the best hammered dulcimer player I've heard in my life.' Bryan was began music in his grade school string program on cello before he discovered there was something bigger and switched to the bass. He can be heard as a support musician as well as a soloist in an incredible array of diverse situations such as symphonic orchestras, salsa and swing bands, playing and singing jazz, blues, bluegrass, African music, American old time, as well as multi-media projects involving poetry, art dance, theater, visual arts and community works. The joy in the music they play is readily apparent, and a quote from their 2003 release All Roads Lead Home says it all '...[Our performances are created] from the melodies we love and how their language has influenced what we claim as our culture. Like most people, we are exposed to music and stories from all over the world. The common thread of the music here is how we've chosen to own what we've found. We travel many roads in our lives, and when we encounter something that rings true, we take it home.'