Steamboat Gypsy's rustic sound includes elements of bluegrass, country, blues and old time music and is inspired by present and past musical greats including John Hartford, Gillian Welch, Little Feat, Jimmy Cliff, Prince and many others.
Mild mannered children's librarian by day, wailing banshee musician by night, Mariah Sewall's soaring lead and harmony vocals are both stunning and rich. In Steamboat Gypsy her rhythm guitar and vocals give the band its soul. Mariah grew up playing guitar, piano and singing in the family band 'All Ways One' and also performs in the duo 'Porchlight'.
Craig Hensley is one of the leading mandolin and guitar pickers in Maine. Craig's vocal and performance abilities were honed with years of busking on street corners and market lanes, and his distinctive voice can be heard through subtle harmony or be powerful as a canon. Craig also performs with the bluegrass band 'Muddy Marsh Ramblers' and contradance band 'Desperate Measures'.
Fiddle player and vocalist Justin Schlawin's old-time style can be both rhythmic and rock-and-roll. Justin has been playing fiddle for 25 years, and the drive of his playing is what creates Steamboat Gypsy's high energy experience. Justin also occasionally performs with the string band 'Rough Sawn.'
Prior to moving to Maine, bassist Asher Barreras had been performing and teaching in New Mexico and New York City. Trained in Jazz performance at the University of North Texas, Asher is comfortable laying down rhythms or taking complex bowed solos.