23rd July - Stone
Stone Junction is just three guys…Michael Prochak
(vocals, guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, accordion), Dan Lapins
(vocals, guitar, mandolin), Will Thomson (vocals, lead
Michael was born and raised in the rust-belt USA of Bruce
Springsteen and Jerry Douglas and has been an active contributor to the
acoustic folk scene on both sides of the Atlantic since the mid-1960's.
In 2010 Michael, with Dan, formed Stone Junction and began
working to develop the unique and beautiful multi-layered sound it showcases
Although Dan says he’s a fan of the music from 90s
and 00s, he also has an interest and a particular talent for putting a modern
spin on more traditional folk/acoustic songs. Inspired by his late father
who used to play folk music, Dan has developed a unique knack for unusual
harmonies and the ability to re-interpret the elemental and diverse sounds
of Celtic/Americana music. As a talented singer/song writer Dan has performed
extensively as a soloist and with various support line-ups and has appeared
in a variety of clubs, venues and festivals in Bristol, London and across
the south east. He has supported artists such as Mummra, Sarah McQuaid,
Niamh Ni Charra and Pilgrims Way and in 2015 Fairport Convention were in
the audience at one his gigs (at the hotel they were staying at after their
own gig)…and they were particularly complementary on his singing.
Musically, Will loves "anything with a groove"
and has played and composed since the early 70s. He started with classical
recorder aged 7 and picked up a guitar for the first time aged 10. Throughout
the 70s & 80s, he played with bands Felix, Aircraft, Liane Carroll and
his band Wide Open were winners at the Inner London Jazz Awards in 1977.
He also played support for 'Lindisfarne', 'Argent', Wilko Johnson and other
well known 70's bands.
This trio has such a pedigree - not to be missed!!!