Northern Flyer is no longer an active band. The train has pulled into the old station for the last time.

The CD “Northern Flyer” is still available. The Recordings page has a link to CD Baby where you can download songs or order a CD.

You can also contact me at for CDs or any other information.

Private: Band Bios

Northern Flyer from left: Mark Struhsacker, Andy Sacher, Kirk Lord, and Andy Greene. Photo by Lauren Stagnitti


Andy Sacher (Mandolin)


Andy started playing the mandolin in the early 1960s. After moving to Vermont in the 1970s, he played in numerous bands including: Dealers Choice, Bob Yellin and the Joint Chiefs of Grass, Stone Coane and Sacher, Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm, and was a founding member of Breakaway. Andy has a reputation for integrating material from other genres and making it sound like it belongs in the bluegrass framework. Andy brings about half the material to Northern Flyer, and utilizes his vocal versatility to sing lead and various harmony parts.


Mark Struhsacker (Guitar)


Mark nails the demanding role of a bluegrass rhythm and lead guitarist and has mastered the cross-picking solo style made famous by George Shuffler. Raised in New Hampshire, Mark moved to Vermont in the 1970s. He founded the WDEV Radio Rangers. In addition to 26 years of weekly broadcasts, they opened shows for Asleep at the Wheel, Kathy Mattea, and Jim & Jesse. When he was working with Elizabeth Von Trapp, Mark sang our national anthem at Fenway Park! He is a fine singer and songwriter. Like Sacher, Struhsacker sings lead and various harmony parts and contributes about half the band’s material.


Andy Greene (Banjo)


Andy is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. In his youth, he played banjo in Up the Creek before becoming the guitarist and a founding member of Breakaway. He was part of the original Bluegrass Gospel Project and most recently, the founder and guiding light of The Modern Grass Quintet. Andy’s sparkling banjo picking and tenor and baritone harmonies are key elements of the Northern Flyer sound. He is an astute musician and a major contributor to song arrangements. Andy is in great demand as a music teacher.


Kirk Lord (Bass)


Kirk’s professionalism is evident with every solid bass note. One of Vermont’s most in-demand string bass players, he has worked in many of the best known bluegrass bands, including Big Spike, the Bluegrass Gospel Project, The Modern Grass Quintet, and Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm. Perhaps Kirk’s rock-solid bass playing springs from his family’s deep ties to Vermont’s granite bedrock. We’re honored to have this fine musician and most affable fellow covering our “bottom end.”

Private: Gallery

!!Live Performance photos – SPECIAL!!
Use the link below to see photos by Harry Goldhagen (Thank you Harry!) at the Meeting House on the Green in East Fairfield on Friday August 25:


Recording Rik Palieri’s show at VCAM studio in Burlington VT January 28, 2017.


NF at BCA 4-6-17-crop
At BCA (Burlington City Arts) Burlington VT on April 6, 2017. Photo by Anna Blackmer


Cover of Mark’s 2012 recording, “Cold Outside.” Photo by Lauren Stagnitti


Kirk on stage with The Bluegrass Gospel Project


Andy S and Mark


Andy S. with Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters in May 2016. Photo by Mark Tegtmeier.


Andy G.

Here Are a Few Historical Photos

Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm in 2011. Andy S. and Kirk are joined by Bob Degree on guitar and Andy Bromage on banjo.


Mark on the steps of the statehouse in Montpelier with the WDEV Radio Rangers in 1998. The other Rangers are: Tony Washburn (fiddle), Dave Rowell (bass), and Danny Coane (electric guitar).


Andy G. in 2006. Photo by Andy S.


Andy G. (guitar) and Kirk with the Modern Grass Quintet.


Stone Coane and Sacher (Gordon Stone, Danny Coane, and Andy Sacher) were together for about four years beginning around 2005.


Breakaway c. 1993. In a rare photo, we are standing in the stairwell at Nector’s. Andy S and Andy G are joined by a very happy Pete Riley (bass) and Gordon Stone (banjo). Fiddler Gene White is missing from this photo. Photo by Glenn Russell.

Private: Contact

We’d love to hear from you and will respond quickly!

Thanks for visiting Northern Flyer. We hope to see you soon!