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The Bret Harte Breakers / Bio

The name came from the founding band members (two of which who have left the band for "real" careers elsewhere) who lived in the Bret Harte House behind the Arcata Co-op. They had heard about Bret Harte and admired him for exposing the massacre on Indian Island in the paper that he was visiting editor of at the time. Then my band mates added the little twist to the name.

The band is made up of myself, Gena Trimarco, on fiddle and vocals, Brett Vivyan on guitar and vocals, Daven Tyler on djembe and guitar, Barrett Shepherd on Bass and guitar and a few on and off musicians who make it when they can. Our first album, Wednesday Night, was recorded in a basement on a free trial version of Adobe Audition, so it's pretty rough. It is mainly the brainchild of two of the three founding members who have since left us. It's a lot of their original songs that aren't in our regular rotation much any more. But, our current band member Brett's song 'Brett's Riff' has been played more than a few times on KHUM, much to our excitement.

The BHB's have played different venues around the county including The Benbow Music and Arts Fest, Humbrews (our CD release party there was well attended, even though it was on a Wed. night with a $5 cover!), Blondie's, Mosgo's, Six Rivers Brewery, the McKinleyville and the Arcata Plaza's Farmer's Markets, The Lil' Red Lion and The Red Fox Tavern, to name a few.
We just finished our new single 'This Weekend' which Gena wrote after hearing KHUM's afternoon DJ, Larry Trask, challenge any local band to write a song about the weekend. He said if it was somewhat decent and didn't make his "ears bleed" he guaranteed he would play it every Friday afternoon with his montage of weekend songs. That was over a year ago and the song has gotten a great response from audiences. We'll see if Larry remembers his on air promise once we finally finish the recording and get it to him! If not, I'll still have to thank him for inspiring me, it turned into something much more than a ploy to get on the radio, it's something I'm quite proud of.
Hopefully we will record more of our songs soon and have an album that represents the current state of the band now.

General Info

Band Members
Brett Vivyan, Daven Tyler, Genevieve (Gena) Trimarco and Barrett Shepherd
Artist Name
The Bret Harte Breakers
Home Page
Active Since
Folk / Adult Contemporary / Bluegrass

Contact Info

Arcata, CA

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