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