Traditional Brew

Growing out of an Irish session, and Dave’s Sunday morning porch music, is the friendship that we call Traditional Brew. With varying personal and musical backgrounds, the members of Traditional Brew have coalesced around the notion that Traditional music is not only alive and well, but is indeed great fun to play and share with friends new and old alike!

The band performs an eclectic blend of upbeat Traditional music, featuring vocals, mandolin, fiddles, guitar, concertina, flute, whistles and banjo. Our material is drawn from a variety of genre’s, including Quebecois, Irish, Folk, Old Time, Maritime, Blues, and Bluegrass among others.



Dave Fox grew up with a smattering of classical music in the house, a failed attempt to learn the clarinet and general indifference to music other than rock and roll. After college he became fascinated with banjo music and bought a cheap banjo. Eventually a mandolin became part of his life with the thought that after learning the left hand on the mandolin it would be easier to play fiddle. Now the fiddle is his primary instrument and southern Appalachian old time music his first love (a holdover from the banjo), although traditional Irish and Quebecois fiddling round out his repertoire. No formal music training (after the clarinet) has ever interfered with his playing, and being musically illiterate he plays by ear only.

Randy Severance is the guitarist for Traditional Brew.  He adopted acoustic music in college, learning standard folk, blues and bluegrass styles, and spent many years as an amateur musician, doing occasional performances with friends.  He regularly participates in Celtic, old-time, and bluegrass sessions.  Though he has dabbled in other musical styles, playing in a Dixieland band and other horn bands in the past, his main focus has been with the traditional styles, and brings the combination of his varied musical experience to Traditional Brew.

Linda Wade plays English concertina, Irish flute, whistle, ukulele and sings and arranges vocal harmonies. Her love of various music genres has resulted in a background that includes 10 years with a Renaissance band, 9 years in a Baroque ensemble, 5 years in an Irish band, and 8 years in a vocal and instrumental duet that performs songs from the early 20th century.

Michael Whitney  Singer-Multi-Instrumentalist primarily plays mandolin and fiddle with Traditional Brew. His penchant is in creating unique, creative and driving musical interpretations of songs/tunes that propel one into motion. On lead vocals Mike is soulful with a full, rich baritone resonance.


Past performances include:

Java Room in Chelmsford
Sandy Pond Schoolhouse Dedication in Ayer
Wilton Folk Cafe (NH)
Fruitlands Museum
Hebron NH Concert Series
Milford NH Library Acoustic Cafe
Bull Run Tap Room
misc. private events

Upcoming performances:

All performances have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please check back later for future updates.

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