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From Walnut Creek, California the Mt. Diablo String Band performs energetic old-time music, featuring inspired fiddle tunes and vocal numbers. The band has been performing periodically for the last few years in Northern California.
Carl Pagter plays clawhammer banjo. Carl is a retired attorney from Walnut Creek, CA and is a founder of the California Bluegrass Association and one of its prestigious, “Lifetime Members”. Carl has also played banjo with recording and touring group “Country Ham” for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY.
Harry Liedstrand is featured on fiddle and vocals. Harry, who has been playing fiddle since age 4, learned from his father. Harry played with Kenny Hall in the Sweets Mill String Band starting in the late 1960’s, and was a part of the Portable Folk Festival in the early 1970’s, which toured nationally. A retired elementary school teacher, he has lived in Lafayette, CA for more than 20 years.
Corbin Pagter. Carl’s son plays mandolin and sings with Mt. Diablo. He is also proficient on guitar and has been playing old-time fiddle for the past several years. Corbin is a professional photographer and a surfing enthusiast, and hails from Berkeley, CA.
Harry’s wife of 25+ years Cindy Liedstrand is the Diablo’s guitarist. She works at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek and has played guitar since early adulthood, and also plays old-time banjo. She and Harry are the parents of two talented children – daughter Farrin, who plays fiddle, and son Terrell, mandolin.
Rounding out the group is Matt Dudman on string bass. Matt runs PleasantValleyMusic.com, selling instruments and accessories, teaching lessons and engineering its recording studio. Well known in Northern California music circles, Matt made 3 well received recordings with Jake Quesenberry as the “MacRae Brothers.” He currently plays mandolin with his own band Matt & George and Their Pleasant Valley Boys.