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Gary Wright


Gary Wright grew up playing electric guitar in rock and country bands and started delving into traditional music—including old-time fiddle music and West African guitar styles—in the early 1980s. For nearly 10 years, Gary was a member of The Hix, a band that the Philadelphia Music Press described as "sound[ing] like Doc Boggs meets David Byrne on the way to Lou Reed's House." He performed as lead guitarist with Lejeune Jones Band and Jennie Stearns Band, and toured with James Leva and Memory Theatre. With five recordings and countless festivals, concerts, and dances between them, Weiss and Wright began performing together in 2001. Based in Annapolis, Maryland, they host a monthly American roots night concert series and helped create—and play for—the Galesville Community Square Dance, a unique multi-generational dance series. For more information:

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/22/2015: Weekend Participate: Pre-Thanksgiving Square Dance

Enjoy an energetic evening of traditional Appalachian music and square dancing at the Pre-Thanksgiving Square Dance. Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar), Kate Brett (banjo), and Kevin Enoch (bass) rock the dance tunes, and Janine Smith teaches and calls the figures from 5–7 pm. You’ll be square dancing before you know it!

Gary Wright