Co-founders Garry Greenland and Pat Moore are joined by banjo player Sean Lundy, who is quickly “earning his stripes” as a solid and well respected musician. When filling out a four piece sound, Maple Hill invites the best to join them, like Kevin Golka of Concession 23, or Gilles Leclerc, of the Dusty Drifters.
Founded in the early 1980’s, Maple Hill played bars and festivals throughout the Ontario, eastern Quebec, and northern New York State regions. After winning “Recording of the Year” in 1988, band members moved on to other projects, and now they are back at it, having reformed the band in late 2011.
A veteran of bluegrass, Garry went off to play banjo for Frank Wakefield when he was still too young for a legal drink, and later played for the late great Charlie Moore. He’s shared the stage with bluegrass legends Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and many others. From about 1970-73 he played with the popular band Cody with Mike O’Reilly, and later was a regular fill-in with the Humber River Valley Boys. He has been featured in several bands, and is a sought after session player, advisor, and producer. In the early to mid eighties, he co-founded Maple Hill.
In addition to his performances, Garry is an accomplished and highly respected bluegrass teacher. For over 30 years he has taught Scruggs style banjo, mandolin, guitar, and “band” classes (teaching folks to play together, to understand the music as a whole and to support the singer and each other.) Garry has taught dozens of serious players who have gone on to be successful band members.
Pat grew up in a house full of music – from show tunes to folk, rock, and pop. Her voice has a warm and expressive quality, as perfectly suited to a rich ballad as it is to an up-tempo power song.. She honed her skills playing dog-house bass and singing lead and harmony in Maple Hill in the 80’s. Later, Pat ventured out on her own, writing, and releasing her debut solo CD, The Time’s Never Been Better, followed by her second CD, Take it to Heart, with her band The Vinyl Frontier. Audiences love her heartfelt performances!
Pat is the creator and producer of the (annual) Ottawa Opry in support of Amnesty International, producer of the annual Christmas GOOSE concert (the Ottawa Food Bank), and a popular show host on CKCU. Recently she has added “childrens’ author” to her credits with the 2011 publishing of Clean Water for Lukong,.