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Trifolkal: About the Trio

Neal Phillips - Vocals, guitar, bass

With a Ph.D. in Ecology and over 30 years of musical experience, Neal Phillips brings a unique perspective to his collaboration with Laura and Greg. Neal plays acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, and bouzouki and sings lead and harmony vocals.

Neal’s song "Magical Forest" won an Earth Day song contest in Florida and "Carolina Sky" took first place in the folk category of the Louisville Area Songwriters Competition. Neal's "One Small Thing" was recorded by Glenn and Holly Yarborough for a nationally released album. "The Tumbler," Neal and Greg's outrageous parody of "The Gambler," appeared in Sing Out! magazine and has become a cult favorite. Dirty Linen praised Neal’s song "Midwinter’s Night" as “truly lovely and a keeper.”

An accomplished studio musician, Neal recently completed his fifth solo CD, “Heaven & Earth.” In addition to four previous CDs, “Clair de Loon,”“Still Life,”"Lovegrove Street" and "Magical Forest," Neal has co-produced the trio’s CDs and has recorded instrumental and/or vocal tracks for a number of artists. (You can also visit Neal's personal web site.)

Laura Pole - Vocals, guitar, piano, percussion

Laura is a “Cajunblend” from Louisiana whose music career dates back to 1973. Her voice is her finest instrument, and what an instrument it is---pure, beautiful and moving---often compared to Judy Collins, who indeed was one of Laura's early musical influences. Classically trained in piano and voice, she has over 20 years of experience as a music director for youth programs.

Laura gave birth to her first solo CD, “Born to Sing,” in January 2005. Many fans have come to “adore” Laura’s “baby”. Here’s what one of them, Dick Grossman, has to say about “Born to Sing”: “ A wide range of music is one impressive thing; a wide range in a singing voice is another. Put them both together and you have "Born to Sing" --- an angelically sung feast for the ear, the heart, and the soul.”

Laura has written numerous songs inspired by her experience as an oncology nurse. She created the Music, Touch & Laughter program which she presents with trio members Greg and Neal. Click the "Caregiver Program" link on the left to learn more. In addition to her musical talents, Laura is an accomplished chef and healing artist specializing in healthy, natural foods. (You can also visit Laura's personal web site.)

Greg Trafidlo - Vocals, guitar, mandolin, percussion

A Chicago-area native, Greg Trafidlo has been playing guitar since 1961, when he joined Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. His guitar and vocal work with the Greater Chicago Bluegrass Band and mandolin playing with the Bass Mountain Boys earned him early critical acclaim. His song "Foxfire" won the Grand Prize at the Louisville Area Songwriters' Competition. Roanoke Virginia's City Magazine named Greg "music person of the decade" for his contribution to the area's arts scene.

Greg's solo recordings, "Carved in Song,""Folk Singular," "Old Dog, New Tracks" and "Co-Writers in Disguise" received extensive airplay and widespread critical acclaim. In 1998, he received two WAMMIE nominations from the Washington Area Music Association for best album and best male vocalist in the folk category. Greg has co-produced all of the trio's recordings, as well as albums and demos for other artists. He appeared in theatre productions including Stonewall Country and Cotton Patch Gospel. Greg has been an advanced tai chi instructor and has certification from China in the oriental healing art of Chi Gong. With his advanced training in Music Evoked Imagery, he leads songwriting and creativity workshops applying Guided Imagery through Music (GIM) techniques. (You can also visit Greg's personal web site.)