The Water Gap Band
Lorraine Dash- Guitar and Lead Vocals
Lorraine Dash is the inspiration and driving force behind the Water Gap Band. An extremely talented songwriter, Lorraine has written and produced many of the original songs performed by the band. Her pursuit of music has found her in the Nashville scene, and also at the Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society in E. Stroudsburg, Pa. With a vocal range and style that rivals many contemporary artists, Lorraine captivates the audience with her renditions of classic tunes and a variety of original songs.
David Sowinski- Mandolin, 5 String Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals
David plays mandolin and sings lead as well as background vocals. As a life long player, with influences ranging from Bill Monroe to Bucko Shuey, Hank Williams and the Dillards, David is among the best local mandolin players and really adds flair to the Water Gap Band. He is a song writer and also plays banjo on occasion. An all around good guy who knows the importance of a smile, it’s a real pleasure to have David in the Water Gap Band.
In David’s own words-
“Early influences were the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eagles and Led Zeppelin. After attending a bluegrass festival at Waterloo Village and seeing Bill Monroe I was absolutely hooked on bluegrass. Bought a 5 string banjo and took some lessons and never looked back. Around 2001 I began jamming at my church and fell in love with the mandolin, bought one and my band mates were great teachers and mentors. Have been working on the fiddle off and on and my goal is to master it and bring it into the music of the Water Gap Band.”
Kevin DeVine- Guitar and Vocals
Kevin is an extraordinary guitar player with a feel for folk and bluegrass with roots from the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Django Reinhardt, and a wealth of other comtemporary folk, rock and bluegrass musicians. His smooth vocals and harmony add a downhome feeling to the Water Gap Band. With more than forty years of experience and musical taIent it is an honor to have Kevin in the band. Kevin is a founder of the Water Gap Band, and a driving force at the weekly jam at the Westside United Methodist Church in Hopatcong, NJ. Whether it be a Tuesday night at the church, or a Friday or Saturday at a club, Kevin lends his talent to the other musicians creating a memorable experience for all.
Dave Emmons- Guitar and Vocals
Dave has been a musician for most of his life, appearing most recently in The Atlanta Cafe Band. Dave plays guitar, mandolin, and bass and adds his own style to every type of music. Dave plays everything from blues to folk, rock to bluegrass, and everything in between. With his crosspicking rhythm style, Dave adds flavor to all types of musical genres. Dave has appeared on WNTI 91.9 radio “The Radio Voice of Centenary College”, and has performed at the Black Potatoe Festival in Clinton, NJ. Dave has also performed at the Hank Williams Octoberfest Event in Georgiana, Alabama, and at the annual Hank Williams Fest at Hank’s childhood home on the “Big Stage” with the Slim Pickins Band with Frank Brannon, a renowned local legend. Dave has also recorded with Vinny D’Amico, a favorite at the festival, and a seasoned recording artist.
Dave’s influences include Jerry Jeff Walker, David Bromberg, Robert Johnson, Doc Watson, Hank Williams and a host of other Delta Blues artists and folk musicians.