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Tom Mank and Sera Jane Smolen have been performing and writing music together since 1994. Mank, a self-taught singer-songwriter, and Smolen, a conservatory trained cellist, blend their musical languages into an eclectic style. Guitar, voice, and cello have many ways of blending, with the cello as bass, and doubling with guitar or soloing. Mank’s eloquent writing of instrumentals is contrasted well with his poetic lyrics. Their latest CD, “Paper Kisses" (Release date: April 2010), was recorded in Bearsville, NY with both Ithaca and Woodstock area musicians and vocalists contributing.
They took this CD to The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany on their November 2010 tour. Their previous CD, “Where the Sun Meets the Blue”, received enthusiastic reviews in both the US and Europe and was rated one of the best CDs of 2008 by a reviewer at the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange. Previous to that, “Souls of Birds” was released on I-Town Records and was rated as the 5th best CD of 2004 by Real Roots Café in The Netherlands.
Frequent collaborating singers and musicians include Julie Last, Kirsti Gholson, Amy Merrill, Kathy Ziegler and Gait Klein Kromhof