Peggy Lynn, Dan Berggren, and Dan Duggan are three seasoned solo performers with more than 30 recordings to their credit. With their traditional folk roots and original songs, they are teamed up as a trio with unique arrangements and striking harmonies. In addition to their 2006 trio release, Jamcrackers, Dan Berggren has a new album titled Tongues in Trees and Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn’s new recording is titled Esperance, named for their farm in Red Creek, NY
Dan Berggren, a retired SUNY Fredonia professor, plays guitar and banjo, sings, and is an award-winning songwriter and teacher. While his music is rooted in the mountains, he covers fresh territory with beautiful melodies and thought provoking perspectives. Recordings of his music have crossed the country on public television and radio, and Dan has performed in Belgium, Bulgaria, the British Isles, Central Africa and Romania. His rich baritone is the perfect complement to Peggy’s expressive vocals.
Peggy Lynn, known as the voice of the Adirondack Mountains, writes songs about the women and the natural beauty of the North Country and is recognized for her extraordinary vocal versatility. She has released six solo albums and co-authored Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks. Peggy is passionate about her work with Creative Healing Connections, leading songwriting workshops at women’s retreats. In recognition of this work, Empire State College named her as a co-recipient of the Altes Prize for community involvement in 2013. Peggy and Dan Berggren each received the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Education Award in 2005.
Dan Duggan is known for his wizardry on hammered dulcimer and flat-picking guitar, for dulcimer workshops, square dance calling, and as recipient of the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. His dulcimer performance is featured on Paul Simon’s 2005 release, You’re the One. Dan’s original tunes range from graceful waltzes to intense foot-stompers, and have been published in the collection, Coming Home. Dan has released several recordings of original and traditional tunes, the most recent titled, For the Love of Friends.
The musical fun that Jamcrackers have on stage is genuine and contagious. They present a diverse blend of blues and folk, ballads and dance tunes. As a trio they have created a synergy which makes the combined sound greater than the sum of its parts. “These Adirondack folk artists have played plenty separately, earning their pedigree by releasing 30-plus albums.... When together, they bring fresh arrangements and brilliant harmonies to traditional and original songs." Schenectady Gazette