Seth Wonkka grew up in a central Massachusetts town in a home where musical instruments were always within arm’s reach. At the age of 8 he began taking guitar lessons and singing and he continued throughout his high school years. It was while living in Boston, MA and Portsmouth, NH, however, that he began writing his own songs - simple songs about life, relationships, visions of the way he had hoped things would be some day and stories about the way things really were. Seth’s passion for songwriting and a desire to perform his music live were the catalysts that inspired him to begin the search for a band.
He found kindred spirits in drummer Sean Estella and bass player Robert West whose play for the song approach fit perfectly with his sound. In 2013/2014 the trio added Leeann McMorrow on violin and Pierre Belperron on cello, contributing melodic strings and helping to create a round, full sound. Most recently the band added Dora Lubin on backing vocals to build three part harmonies and create chorus depth during live performances.
The band has appeared at mainstays of the local Boston music scene (Hard Rock Café, Davis Square Theatre, TT The Bears, Precinct, McGanns) as well as venues on the North Shore, and Portland, ME. Their sound, inspired by artists Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Jason Mraz, and Howie Day can best be described as acoustic rock with hints of folk, pop, and even a little country.
Seth Wonkka's debut CD, “More Than Him”, was unveiled on December 15, 2012 at The Hard Rock Café in Boston where the group hosted a CD release party. The album, recorded by Brian Coombes at Rocking Horse Studio in Pittsfield, NH, expands on the band’s solid foundation, adding piano, cello, organ, and lush vocal harmonies.
Seth and the band are gearing up for a busy 2014/15. With a new record and new material in the works, the band plans to expand their performance reach across New England.