As a duo, Lissa and Corey have performed together for over ten years, since meeting in the Klezmer ensemble at The New England Conservatory of Music where they each earned a Bachelors degree in performance.
Lissa has released numerous solo albums as an accomplished fiddler and singer; she has recorded seven CD's, four solo and three with various groups. Her most recent, "Covers", was released in June 2013. A recent project has been to closely study the roots of the Downeast traditional music that she first heard as a young girl, leading to a pair of CDs dedicated to reintroducing some wonderful but largely forgotten songs and tunes from New England that she uncovered through archival research at the University of Maine and elsewhere. “Song”, released in 2008, contains ten timeless ballads that go back as far as the eighteenth century that she set to carefully crafted modern arrangements, while "Dance," released in 2010, featured fiddle tunes. "There is currently a lot of focus on traditional American music from the South", she explains, "and many bands are exploring and recording that repertoire, but no one is getting to hear the amazing repertoire of traditional music from the North. This is my first attempt at getting some of that music out there for people to enjoy."
Corey co-founded the band Crooked Still in 2001. The alternative bluegrass band, consisting of vocalist Aoife O'Donovan, banjo player Dr. Gregory Liszt, cellist Tristan Clarridge and fiddler Brittany Haas in addition to Dimario, was known for their high energy, technical skill, unusual instrumentation, and innovative acoustic style. The band has been on hiatius since 2011 so that members can pursue other projects.
Boston-based Matt & Shannon Heaton play traditional and updated Irish music with voices, Irish flute, accordion, guitar and bouzouk. Winner of Live Ireland's "Trad Fusion Album of the Year," the Heatons move seamlessly from harmony singing, to driving flute tunes, to lush guitar lines, creating a big, layered, modern sound.
In recent news, the duo raised funds from fans in order to finish recording "Tell You in Earnest," and then launch their soon-to-be finished CD at a release celebration in Suphanburi, Thailand (the town where Shannon got her start with traditional music) in January. While there they will also do some school shows for Bangkok's American Embassy and make a contribution to the Mercy Centre.