The Old Part of Town are Matt Douglass, Sam Nitzberg, Steve Raskin, John Seay, Brian Whaley, Marc Wexler
The band was formed after Matt and Sam collaborated on an EP in 2012, "Grayest Hits." Looking for a better performance vehicle for their catalog of originals, they recruited Davis Shingleton and Pat Sheridan to pitch in on mandolin, bass and vocals. After a year of performing and stretching out some arrangements, both Davis and Pat left to pursue other musical avenues, but not before recording some tracks for The Old Part of Town's first CD, released in 2015. Matt and Sam's longtime musical pals Steve Raskin (drums) and Marc Wexler (mandolin) joined, along with with John Seay on bass, early in 2015, solidifying the new TOPOT lineup, with electic guitarist Kurt Hammond joining the fray for a year or so, and fiddle/mandolin player Brian Whaley coming aboard in 2016.
Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry s a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore. From 2016-2018 ellen presented a new touring project called Portraits in Song that married her love of storytelling and her passion for history through songs and portraits of interesting women in history. She recently released two new recorded works (Portraits, The Thread) as a follow up to the very intimate, piano-based album entitled Please Don’t Sell the Piano (2012). She is the co-host of "Why Aren't You Famous?" podcast with fellow independent working musician, Andrew Grimm. ellen was an Artist-in-Residence at the Strathmore (2012) and The Studios of Key West (2014). She co-produced Mobtown Moon, a re-imagining of “Dark Side of the Moon” (2013) that featured over 50 musicians from Baltimore, with musician Sandy Asirvatham. In 2010, she wrote, recorded and performed a song for an Emmy nominated TV campaign and also composed the score for a shadow puppet piece entitled “Alonzo’s Lullaby”, which has been awarded the prestigious UNIMA Citation of Excellence that jump-started years of collaborative work with puppeteers. She has been awarded three Maryland States Arts Council Grants (2007, 2009, 2018), a Ruby Grant (2015), a Baker Artist Award (2011), and the Semmes G. Walsh Music Award (2011). ellen tours nationally and internationally, charming audiences from house concerts to festivals!
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