Somos El Mar
Pat Chen & Bill Davis, & sometimes a bunch of other musicians* are Somos el Mar. The group's name which means 'We are the Sea' in Spanish, comes from a folk song: Somos el Barco, and just as 'The Sea we are sailing on touches many lands' so the music of this group touches many themes. Traditional, Celtic, Caribbean, Original, Folk, Country, ... whatever suits the occasion. Their varied repertoire includes instrumentals, ballads, fun songs, originals, traditional tunes & more. Pat plays the fiddle & Bill plays guitar (6 & 12). Both Pat & Bill sing, write songs and have many years of experience performing alone and together. They are regularly seen at the Folk Club of Reston/Herndon, when they are not on the road singing Their CD appropriately called 'Somos el Mar' with 17 selections made with the help of many friends over a three year period was nominated for a WAMMY (Washington Area Music Association Award) in the Folk Traditional and Debut recording catagories. Pat's life revolves around her music and her five children and their education. Bill has been a pilot & flight instructor, he is also a balloon pilot (May 2000 he & Pat flew the balloon over the Bay Bridge before the annual bridge walk.). In the studio they are nearing completion of a 2nd album which will feature some of the favorite songs from their performances. * Pat Chen Vocals & Fiddle Bill Davis Vocals & Guitar Lynn Romano Vocals & Guitar (Louisiana Wedding Bells) T.M. Hanna Mandolin (appears courtesy of birdphuph records) Dilshad Hussain Violin Nadine Hussain Tabla Kelly Boyer Harp Cicely Ballangee Vocal Ron Goad Percussion Jim Houck Bass Jack Fretwell Harmonica Liz Donaldson Piano Karin Loya Cello Felicia Eberling Recorder Mike Harendza Piano Charlie Delos Overall Support Doug Johnston Cue Studios Engineer Sheila Egan Producer Janet Marano Cover Art (Somos el Mar) Gail Axtell Back Cover Art (Perfect Storm) Jim Sikes Graphic Aid.