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Delvers dig a lot of different music


In the hands of The Delvers, acoustic music manages to sound both laid back and unpredictable. Yes, the band plays folk tunes and classic singer-songwriter fare from the likes of James Taylor and Neil Young. But they'll also throw you a curveball from time to time — a George Gershwin standard, a Miles Davis jazz melody or a moody original number. Bassist Howard Anby took time to fill us in on the Delvers details.

Explain your name. It comes from our tendency to delve into many musical styles.

When did the band start? Originally formed in 1998, the group disbanded for a few years and reformed in 2004.

Who plays what? Mike Glass plays guitar, Dave Merrill plays guitar and harmonica, Jay Shenk plays viola. I [Howard Anby] play bass. All four members sing.

Where is your home base? James City County/Newport News

What's your style? Americana, Hot Club-style swing, blues- and jazz-flavored instrumentals all performed acoustically.

Who are your musical heroes? Bob Dylan, Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli, The Beatles, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Led Zeppelin

What's your favorite local stage? The Weekend Pub

What's your dream gig? South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas

Why you love to play? The joy of performing together and creating something new each time.

What's your ultimate goal? To be able to continue playing as long as we are enjoying it — and to finish the CD we're working on.

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