The Elderly Brothers
Known for their tight three part harmony, Bill, Jack and Harry began singing for fun some thirty years ago. In 2006 they accepted requests to share their love of the music that nurtured their young souls by playing in public. “When people start clapping in the middle of a song, you know you’ve made a connection.”, says Harry Spring, guitarist and vocalist. Taking their name from the Everly Brothers seemed a natural since they’d been singing the close harmony songs of Don and Phil for years. It was when they were stumbling with lyrics they’d sung hundreds of times that Harry quipped they sounded more like TheElderly Brothers than the Everly Brothers. Right then they knew they had their name, one that has resonated with fans everywhere. “ The Elderly Brothers says it all. It’s a great marketing tool. Our audience already has an idea of what we sing by our name.”, notes keyboardist and vocalist Jack Casey.
Along with original songs, the group’s repertoire includes the songs of the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison,, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Neil Young, The Beatles, Jimmy Reed and other singer/songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s, even reaching back to some from the 50’s.
Mark Gorman joined The Elderly Brothers as bassist and vocalist in January, 2007. “He’s a wonderful addition...a great player and terrific vocalist, both on lead and picking up that third harmony on backgrounds. His talent overcame the age question...just too young to be Elderly?”, adds Thomas, longtime songwriter for the Captain Kangaroo Show.
Music educator and lead guitarist, Ed Ledwith, is all business with his stellar talent punching up each song with his brilliant solos.
The band took a break in 2015 from performing, but are now back doing a limited number of gigs with Ray Davis handling bass when available. Jack and Mark perform as a duo called The Playboys with Ed sitting in on occasion.
The Elderly Brothers all agree, “We have a great time and so do our audiences.”