The Gadabouts are all about rhythm, energy, connection and presence. Whether playing for contra dances or performing for folk festival crowds around the state of Florida, the entire aim of this band is to delight their listeners whether they be dancing or sitting. Audiences can count on being treated to tight instrumentation and vocal harmonies, interesting rhythmic textures (driving and/or poignant) and lots of energy from every performance.
Band members are Marietta Massey (banjo, percussion and vocals), David Massey (fiddle, keyboard, guitar and vocals), John McEwen (guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin, percussion and vocals), Bill Paine (mandolin, guitar, tenor guitar and vocals) and (when orchestra permits) Kathy Aagaard (fiddle and vocals).. Together, they bring many years of experience with a myriad of different musical styles into the group, producing the fine “gumbo” that their audiences delight in. They’ve been exposed to and/or played and performed old-time, classical, Celtic, Cajun, country, rock and roll, West African, Middle Eastern and reggae. This eclectic approach provides the right setting for their wide and varied repertoire of traditional, covered and original tunes and songs.