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STEEL & WOOD is a Bluegrass band based in Petoskey MI, offering an upbeat and heart-felt traditional bluegrass repertoire spanning the styles of Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, and others. Our sets have been well received at numerous outdoor Summer series and venues.

BAND MEMBERS BIO'S

John A. Neiswander - Lead guitar, vocals. From Petoskey. John's mother was a native of Kentucky. John started performing on the guitar at age 8 and has played in Bluegrass and other bands since 1978.

 

Irene Kazmers - Fiddle, guitar, vocals.

From Berkeley CA originally and a resident of Petoskey.  Started playing the violin at age 6 and guitar since high school. Interest in bluegrass and fiddling was fostered while residing in Lexington KY.

 

Bud Vanderberg - Dobro, steel pedal guitar, vocals 

From Battle Creek MI, Bud has called Petoskey home for many years, and brings a wealth of experience playing resonator guitar and pedal steel guitar.   

 

Kathy Tuinhoff - Upright bass.

A native of Greenville MI now living in Petoskey, Kathy started playing drums at age 10 and went on to become a classically trained percussionist.. She is a member of 

Northern Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Charlevoix City Band on drums.  She is self-taught on bass, which she learned in order to participate in bluegrass, which she has over many years in various bands.

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Paul Bachleda- Banjo

From the Detroit Metro area originally, Paul spent 10 years in North Carolina.  Since returning to Michigan 20 years ago, he has honed his banjo skills playing with talented musicians in the Tri-Cities area.  Based in Bay City, he enjoys spending time at his family cottage on Higgins Lake. 

Dave Eggebrecht - Mandolin, fiddle

Orignally from Saginaw, Dave is a veteran mandolin player and fiddler with decades of experience in the Bluegrass, folk and country genres. He resides in Kewadin MI

Steel & Wood gratefully performed outdoors amid the pandemic of 2020 at Harbor Springs Street Musique, Macknaw Trails Winery, Gabriel Farms and Winery and Uncle Frank's Apple Town. 

In 2019 we enjoyed playing at venues including Blissfest, Junegrass in Lowell, Farmfest in Johannesburg, Dunesville in Lake Ann, Charlotte Ross - Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) Summer Music series in Petoskey, East Jordan Music in the Park, Stroll the Streets in Boyne City, Music In Mackinaw in Mackinaw City, Street Musique in Harbor Springs, the Buckley Old Engine Show, Resort Pike Cidery and Winery, Red Sky Stage in Bay Harbor, Rotary Club of Gaylord Hoedown at Otsego County Fairgrounds, and Kentuckians of Michigan in Romulus.

We previously performed at Bidwell Plaza CTAC Summer music series in Petoskey, Lakeview Music in the Park, Cafe Sante in Boyne City, the "Water Is Life Festival" in Mackinaw City, the Old Boyne City Park Gazebo Summer music series, Creek Haven in Mason, MI, Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers show, Cross Village General Store Customer Appreciation Day, and "Have a Heart" benefit for Brother Dan's Pantry at Emmet County Fairgrounds, and various private events..

 

Our CD, "Along the Track" was released in March 2018, comprised of 16 first take tracks recorded at Runyan Media in Bellaire MI.

"...So credit Steel & Wood with conveying these songs with the authenticity and awareness that make for essential elements in this rootsy regimen. "Along the Track" is a textbook lesson in both credence and conviction."   -  Lee Zimmerman, Bluegrass Today