About Jack Dwyer of Mando Planet


Jack Dwyer – Oly Girl Photography (Natalie LeClerc)

Jack Dwyer got his start in a family bluegrass band in the wilds of Alaska, and was a gigging musician in New York City before he entered his teens. Years of playing have put him onstage with many great musicians including Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, The Mammals and others.

These days he has found a home in the vibrant music scene of Portland, OR, where he teaches at Lewis and Clark College. His latest project is with multi-talented West Coast guitar picker Scott Law, and the group recently appeared at this year’s Wintergrass Festival. In January 2013, he collaborated with fellow Portland mandolinist and Lewis and Clark adjunct Tim Connell to release Mando Planet, a collection of instrumental world music mandolin duets.

Tim and I had the opportunity to travel to Wintergrass 2013 near Seattle – with Mando Planet: featuring Jack Dwyer & Tim Connell marked in our program as a must-see, and their show was a highlight of the festival. Their upcoming East Coast tour means you don’t need to travel to the Northwest to see them; they’re coming to you!

To save seats for their house concert performance at Chestnut House Concerts email Tim Lehman at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 717-940-9311. There is a traditional pot-luck at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $15-20 with all money going directly to the musicians.

Virginia is for (Music) Lovers ♥ – Part II

After a music-filled day at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival and a good night’s rest at a friend’s beautiful home in Waynesboro, we ventured out on Sunday, July 14th for breakfast, the flea market and wine (not all at the same place).

With the notes of the late night music of Sam Bush still ringing in my ears, I was ecstatic to find a couple New Grass Revival LPs at the flea market…in the same box with Act 1 – The Seldom Scene, Old & in the Way (all the greats…Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements and John Kahn) and my very first (yeah, I know…what took me so long?) Bill Monroe recording – Bean Blossom ’79. The Act 1 vinyl is not in the best shape, but what fun to listen to Mike Auldridge, John Starling, John Duffey, Ben Eldridge and Tom Gray in this 1972 recording and finally gain an understanding of the passion for The Seldom Scene that still exists today.


The perfect ending to a music filled weekend included visits to Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery and Flying Fox Vineyard in beautiful Afton Mountain.

If you’re a music festival lover who likes wine, or a wine lover who likes music festivals – you might want to make room on your calendar for the 2014 Red Wing Roots Music Festival where you can take in 3 days of great music and also visit a few of Virginia’s 150+ wineries.