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- All music is about love – too much, not enough, the wrong kind, and, hopefully, sometimes, it all comes together for a moment, so let’s love and laugh!
Bernadette has been writing songs for only about 7 years now, but she’s played guitar since she was 11. In college, she played in a (perish the thought) top 40’s band and a lounge jazz duo in New Jersey. Since moving to CT, she played in the folk duo, Crazy Quilt, worked as a church musician, and hosted The Words and Music Night at The Watermark until it floated downriver in the big flood. Golden Ratio came together in its first incarnation in 2005, and evolved into the band on Bernadette’s first cd, Unless. A second cd is being recorded now, by Hugh Birdsall.
Larry began playing 5-string banjo and 12 string as a teen. Influenced by John Fahey and Leo Kotke, he began experimenting with unusual tonalities (don’t get him started on Pythagoras), tunings, and home-built electronic and acoustic instruments. Individually, he’s writes beautiful instrumentals, and songs not meant for polite company.
In addition to now collaborating on songs, Bernadette and Larry also play improvisational music at quarterly Labyrinth Walks at Dragon’s Egg Studio, and have written original music and songs for a HS production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, and local performances of several somewhat obscure classics: Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Dantes’ Inferno, and the poems of Yeats, to name a few.
Jim Fitzgerald began his musical career when he wanted to play trumpet in the Jr. High band, and was handed a bass viol and a "How to Play" booklet instead. He was a band & orchestra nerd throughout high school. In 11th. grade he obtained an inexpensive Teisco Del Rey bass guitar and played in, what would later be termed, a garage psychedelia band. He soon also started playing about in the local folkie scene with the upright. Here in New London since 1982, he’s well-known in the local music scene, especially for his bass playing in Dogbite, and for his knowledge of, and insistence on playing unusual vintage hybrid string instruments, like the banjolin and mandola.