with Rick Veras and Paul Kaye
Dona, Rick and Paul are a dynamic trio who perform a mixture of delicate waltzes, traditional Irish music, lively fiddle tunes and high spirited, toe-tapping old time favorites presented with contagious enthusiasm that lead to fun and enjoyment for all. Their talents combine perfectly, each playing off the other, to create a beautiful tapestry of sound.
Dona Benkert is an accomplished hammered and mountain dulcimer artist whose arrangements are rooted in the traditions of the British Isles, New England Country dance music, Appalachian fiddle tunes, and the music of Irish harpist Turloch O’Carolan. She is a well-respected performer and teacher, presenting concerts and workshops throughout the Midwest, and is celebrating 29 years on staff at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Dona is the recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Award, and has won numerous awards for her work with special needs children. She is the owner of Folk-Lore Center music school in Naperville. She enjoys sharing her love for traditional music, helping to preserve a bit of our musical heritage.
Fiddler Rick Veras is adept at any style of music and can be found playing in many bands throughout the Chicago area, as well as being involved in musical productions. His fiddle rings out with just the right harmony, lead variations, or counter melody, blending perfectly to produce an extremely energetic sound. Rick has many years of experience in not only performance, but teaching as well.
Guitarist Paul Kaye is a respected soloist and sideman in the professional blues community. His skillful guitar work provides a solid rhythm, as well as intricate solos. He is a multi-instrumentalist, excelling at many styles of music, including old time fiddle tunes. Paul has been teaching for 35 years and although Blues guitar has become his specialty, he enjoys teaching guitar, mandolin and 5 string banjo from beginner to advanced students.