...is a high energy acoustic band
(with a little electric) with a 5-string banjo, guitars, harmonica,
steel-top resonator guitar, lap steel, and an upright bass. Loosely
Strung plays lively, traditional American music — Bluegrass, Folk,
Country, old standards, a little Dixieland, and more. It is music you
know – music you remember! There is an occasional original song,
too…filled with clever lyrics, good stories, and catchy and memorable
Loosely Strung started playing together sometime in early 2001…can’t
really remember. The band just evolved as a result of participating in
various central Ohio jam sessions. The band members bring personal
musical experience to the group, having been in bands, choirs, and other
musical groups in high school, college, and elsewhere. Their musical
backgrounds include family music, square dance band, jug band, song
leading, gospel group, rock and roll garage band, and a blues group. You
can occasionally catch a tune or two that has been carried forward to
Loosely Strung’s eclectic and ever-growing playlist.
In late 2005, they added playing for square dances to the list of
options. Ted, with more than thirty years experience playing banjo and
bass in Heritage, Gene Parson’s square dance band, provides the
technical musical guidance. The Loosely Strung callers are ready to make
it a fun experience for everyone regardless of whether it the group is
beginners, well-seasoned dancers, or a mixture.
Loosely Strung enjoys playing for good friends, good causes, (and good
food), and other interesting events — anywhere good pickin’ and good
harmony are welcomed. The Cheshire Market, Pizza and Bait Shop in Galena
is a favorite. They try to play there at least once a month except
during the summer when their schedule is packed with farmers markets,
parties, and community concerts.
Check their schedule to see where they are going to be so you can stop
by and enjoy the music. Ted Christy, Dan Epley, Dean Gledhill, Jackie
LaMuth are Loosely Strung.