From the stage of the Strawberry Music Festival in California to pubs and concert halls throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, the acoustic duo of Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried has delighted and enchanted audiences with a distinctive blend of bluegrass, old-time country, traditional Irish and folk into an engaging Americana fusion showcasing Pete’s exceptional lead vocals, Kathy’s amazing guitar work and sterling duet harmonies. The two musicians combine years of experience into a compelling, highly entertaining duet sound that extends from the “brother duets” of the 1930s to such iconic modern partnerships as Buddy and Julie Miller.
The duo’s first album, The Trestle, was released early in 2015 by FGM Music. The CD does a superb job of capturing the special blend of Barwick & Siegfried, with material ranging from Gene Autry and Flatt & Scruggs to Jean Ritchie and T-Bone Burnett, with a pair of Siegfried originals anchoring the song list. The Trestle has received international radio airplay and been met with widespread critical acclaim. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called the album a “sublime blend of two voices and two instruments creating a greater whole” and “an excellent debut release by two like-minded lovers of song who’ve found musical gold in their pairing.” Barwick & Siegfried’s second album, Long Time Gone, was released in June 2016, also to widespread distribution and critical acclaim.
Barwick & Siegfried have performed extensively throughout northern California and the Pacific Northwest, western Canada, and at such prominent festivals as the Strawberry Music Festival and such prestigious California venues as the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, the Palms Playhouse in Winters and the Monkey House in Berkeley. The duo successfully toured Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2014 and 2016, and was a featured main stage performer at the California Bluegrass Association's annual bluegrass festival, also in 2016.
Kathy Barwick, a native of Sacramento, has been widely hailed over the past 40 years as one of California’s most versatile acoustic musicians, known for her work in bluegrass, Americana and traditional Irish music. An award-winning multi-instrumentalist who’s adept on guitar, banjo, dobro, bass and mandolin, Barwick was a founding member of the All Girl Boys, a popular all-female bluegrass quintet, and has also worked with such bands as Nine-8ths Irish and the Mike Justis Band, as well as with Pete in the bluegrass band Mountain Laurel. Her first solo album, In My Life, was released in 2011 by FGM Music. Her second album, Braeburn, was released to critical acclaim in 2014.
Pete Siegfried, a Pennsylvania native who has lived in Grass Valley, California, since the 1970s, founded the bluegrass band Mountain Laurel in 1988 and sang lead vocals and played mandolin in the popular quintet until it disbanded in 2011. Mountain Laurel performed widely throughout northern California and Nevada, playing most of the leading festivals in the region, earning Pete a reputation as a peerless, distinctive singer with a soaring and expressive tenor voice. Mountain Laurel recorded three albums: Another Sunny Day in California, Trouble in the Mine and It’s About Time.