meet the band
Bass, Lead Guitar & Drums
A true multi-instrumentalist, Mike is our (guitar playing) drummer who also seamlessly switches over to bass for many of our songs. In addition to serving as the band's arranger, Mike also produced and engineered our CD release, True North, and co-wrote several of the songs. A disciple of 60's and 70's pop music and, in particular, the lesser known artists from this era, Mike is responsible for filling out our repertoire with the forgotten favorites, hidden gems, lost classics and one-hit-wonders that have transcended their humble pop music origins.
Like her band mates, lead singer-songwriter Susan Schwartz-Christian is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who switches seamlessly from guitar to banjo to flute. When it comes to pinning down a style and genre, she isn't easy to classify. With a big voice that's deeply rooted in old school country, you might expect honky-tonk inspired tales of love and loss. But there's an edge and a sense of sophistication that quickly become apparent as the stories and melodies in Susan's finely-crafted songs reveal themselves. By combining these elements, Susan has developed a songwriting style that is unique, compelling and transcends what listeners expect from those who wear the singer-songwriter moniker.
Vocals, Guitar, Flute & Banjo
Lead Guitar, Bass, Uke & Melodica
Frank Doris is a guy who knows how to take a good song to the next level with beautifully melodic touches and the ability to bring on the burn when needed. A guitar player since the year after the Summer of Love, Frank has played in a variety of bands and diverse situations, including an opening slot for Duran Duran on their first-ever U.S. tour. Frank's musical influences include Roy Orbison, Les Paul, Blue Öyster Cult, Kraftwerk, Roy Buchanan, Gary Wilson, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Thelonious Monk, Love, the Kinks, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Dionne Warwick, James Brown, Merle Haggard and Shonen Knife (he also has a disproportionate affection for off-the-wall 1960s and 1970s pop).
Gary Schoenberger is the newest GFR member. But his long-time association with the band as both a close friend and musical comrade can be measured in decades. As an accomplished keyboard player, Gary brings a broad palette of new sounds and rich textures to the band. And with equal expertise as a guitarist and singer, Gary helps further define the "Folk" aspect of the band with an eclectic repertoire of roots music, contemporary folk and bluegrass tunes.
Keyboards, Guitar & Vocals
While no longer a full-time member, Bill is a founding member of GFR, whose tenure with the band can also be measured in decades. With more groove than a box of Motown platters, and a knack for playing what just feels right, Bill continues to share the stage with us at gigs that require a fifth member.