- Website: www.ottercreekduo.com
With 10 instruments between them and 53 strings to tune, Otter Creek burst onto the national Folk scene in 2012 with back to back hit albums on the Folk Charts. In the 4 years since the husband and wife duo began playing together, Otter Creek has won multiple awards for their virtuosic instrumentals, adept songwriting, and visionary arrangements of traditional and original tunes. They have drawn praise from around the country leading one critic to describe them as “a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect.” Their second album Shiver Into Spark (September 2012) has garnered attention as a collection of “songs that appeal to the heart and mind as well as the ear” and a work of “superb musicianship underpinned by stunning technique” (Greg Harness, Rootsworld Magazine).
Often compared to Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Pete and Anne Sibley, or Tim O’Brien, Otter Creek’s classical training, combined with Peter’s deep roots in the folk tradition enable them to cross boundaries among musical genres. They have performed with the Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society in the Utah and Nevada premieres of Carol Barnett’s Bluegrass Mass, and performed with the Utopia Early Music Ensemble in programs that blend classical and folk traditions. They are also sought after session musicians and in addition to frequent studio work have performed on stage with well-known singer songwriters Peter Mayer, Kate MacLeod, and Alicia McGovern and have opened for acts such as Claire Lynch and Mitch Barrett.
In addition to their polished sound as a duo, Peter and Mary’s daughters, (The Three Muses) often appear on stage with them. Drawing frequent comparisons to the Peasall Sisters their three part harmony and infectious charm never fail to put a smile on every face in the room.
Recent and upcoming performances include: Tom May's nationally syndicated "River City Folk", The Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS), Utah Arts Festival (Salt Lake City, UT), The Florence Folk Festival, (Florence, OR), SLCC TV "Brewin' Bistro", The Tucson Folk Festival (Tucson, AZ), Groovefest (Cedar City, UT), and the IAMA/Gallivan Folk and Bluegrass Festival.