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Kevin

Kevin is a singer-songwriter who performs solo, in addition to playing keyboards in the British pop-rock cover band The Twiggenburys and in his band Dr.

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A bald man with thin glasses and a purple and white patterned shirt holds an clarinet while seated on the concrete entryway steps of a brick home surrounded by lush plants.

Chase

Chase is the Director of MusicWorks. He is also a freelance teacher and runs a clarinet studio. Chase: “How are things during the pandemic? There

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Jim and Nancy

Jim is Professor of Percussion at the University of Kentucky. He is the principal percussionist for the Lexington Philharmonic. He is a drummer with the

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A tattooed young woman with short hair stands in a garden holding an acoustic guitar while a young woman with long brown hair crouches among purple flowers.

Tree and Grace

Tree plays for Small Batch. Tree: “It’s been very lonely. Playing music with other musicians is a huge part of my life and has been

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Two women with long dark hair, one with bangs are seated on a front porch among wooden furniture. One sits with legs crossed while the other drapes her right hand across her knee.

Echo and Emily

Emily Woxihara performs with Ancient Warfare and is the drummer for Bear Medicine. She also performs solo as Emily Hagihara. Narrative from original post: Both

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Big Chill (2)

Big Chill performs with Driftwood Gypsy. Big Chill: “Don’t stop playing music. Don’t stop creating. Open up to other people. Right now I am starting

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Big Chill

Big Chill performs with Driftwood Gypsy. Big Chill: “I mask out of love. I love myself and I love the people who’re around me.”

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A man with a guitar and woman with a violin stand in neatly pressed Mariachi garb on the concrete driveway of an apartment complex.

Genaro and Sandy

Genaro: “Being a mariachi musician in Kentucky has been a unique experience. Where I come from, Mexican culture is everywhere. Everyone speaks Spanish and mariachi

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Sandy

“When I started my career as a mariachi musician 10 years ago I never thought I’d be doing what I love most in the state

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Genaro

“Being a mariachi musician in Kentucky has been a unique experience. Where I come from, Mexican culture is everywhere. Everyone speaks Spanish and mariachi and

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Chris and Robby

When we asked Robby how he is doing, this is what he offered: “In this age of fiberglass I’m searching for a gem”. –Bob Dylan

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Regan

Regan is the Director of Choral Activities at Transylvania University. She sings with the Kentucky Bach Choir. Regan: “I remember you asking me for my

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A young man with a beard and cap is seated on the front porch of a brick duplex holding a banjo seated next to a well worn orange upholstered chair.

Thomas

Thomas plays with Damned African Descendants, Long Jumper (his solo project), Jeanne Vomit-Terror, Ethos Jazz Quintet, and Tense Kids. Thomas: “We are all just improvising

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Cecilia and Josh

Cecilia: “Josh’s band is Bear Medicine, which I also play in. Josh also plays with Otto Helmuth’s band, and with Thirsty Boots, which is a

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John and Kim

John Ferguson and Kim Conlee are musicians and artists in Lexington, Kentucky. Kim performs with Bear Medicine, Jeanne Vomit-Terror, Big Fresh, ATTEMPT, The Nativity Singers,

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Sarah and Richard

Richard and Sarah: “We’re both conservatory-trained classical musicians, but don’t spend most of our days playing any more. We talk all the time about how

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Miles and Rebecca

Miles: “I’ve been practicing my saxophone and electric bass, and doing music theory exercises. Every day.” Rebecca: “Paths are changeable. Some we follow, some we

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A man holds a ukelele upside-down in colorful, knee-length socks crossed legged seated next to a young girl in brightly patterned pajamas next to a woman in a tan collared sweater and short hair on a patterned coushined bench in a screened porch with orange columns and teal trim.

Mick, Libby Lee, and Lucy

Mick played two songs for us on his ukulele: “Sunshine On My Shoulders” and “Anti-COVID Anthem #19” (to the tune of “Short’nin’ Bread”). He sang,

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A man with dark hair and beard with grey highlights in denim is seated in a green metal garden chair on the porch of a dark blue brick home holding a banjo while a leashed dog stands to his side.

Brett with Blue

While Blue watched on, Brett played “Rocky Island” on his 5-string banjo. He told us it’s a Burgee’s Creek/Knot County/Kentucky version of this traditional tune.

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