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Basic info
Name Varnish Cooks
Formed On 2007
# of Members 4
Homepage www.varnishcooks.com
 
Contact/Booking info
Name Ben Proctor
Phone
E-mail ben@benproctor.com
Misc Alternate contact: Ryan Griffith:
mcgryff@gmail.com

Description
The Varnish Cooks are musicians who pursue the old-time stringband tradition with intensity and emotional clarity. Based in Rochester, New York, they perform both original and old-time songs according to the impetuous and poetic spirit of American music.

Roster
Ben Proctor: vocals, 5-string banjo, guitar, mandolin
Greg Fair: vocals, mandolin
Greg Paul: vocals, guitar
Ryan Griffith: vocals, double bass

Influences
Dirk Powell, Foghorn Stringband, New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger, Fuzzy Mountain Stringband, Doc Watson, Tim O'Brien, and lots of other old-time/Americana stringbands and musicians.

History
Since their birth in the spring of 2007, The Varnish Cooks have stormed onto the Rochester, NY music scene. During the summer of 2007, they have played coffee houses, street and art festivals, folk festivals, and string band festivals, and were featured live on WRUR-FM. They have shared the stage with the likes of The Powder Kegs, Mac Benford, and Bob Carlin.

Their self-produced album, "Father, Get Ready When He Calls You," pays homage to nine select old-time tunes. Each song is performed with an abiding love for the tradition yet woven with the band's signature style as well.
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