The two guitarists play music from the era of 78 rpm records. Remsberg describes himself as the responsible player and Mulherrin as the inventive one. “Mark’s playing is a sophisticated anarchy that works off of my steady reliability,” Remsberg said. The combination makes for a freshness, at once deeply respectful of the original music yet new and honest.
With a repertoire ranging from Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington to the Sons of the Pioneers and Ukulele Ike, the duo draws it repertoire primarily from Remsberg’s collection of 5,000 78 rpm records.
“These old records have such tremendous warmth in them. The challenge – and the pleasure – is in finding nuggets that work for us. Mark’s and my musical approaches are quite different, but what we share is getting lost in the deep spatial sound of the lost America that echoes in old records.”
The duo rarely performs in public and has no recordings, so this is a rare opportunity to hear them.