Brad Bensko & Kathleen Parks and The Bakers
- Folk Pop
- Indie Folk
Kathleen Parks & Brad Bensko
- Indie Folk
Drawing from 50s and 60s pop, American Songbook standards, and much more, this newly formed duo channels and fuses these influences through two voices, a guitar, mandolin, and violin to bring you a mixture of original songs and dusted off covers from the past.
This duo consists of Brad Bensko on Vocals and Guitar, and Kathleen Parks on Vocals, Violin, and Mandolin. While busy with performing and writing, they are also in the process of recording their first LP of original material. Join them to hear selections from the upcoming album and fresh cuts from their favorite time periods!
Brad Bensko- Guitar, Rhodes, and Vocals
Kathleen Parks- Violin, Mando and Vocals
Emily Haviland Baker is a locally-grown, up-and-coming performer & music therapist in the Greater-Boston area. She was raised in Essex County in Massachusetts, and was born into a family of musicians. With her parents being a classical pianist and a classical trumpet-player, and her Aunt being a professional violinist in New York City, Emily chose to play the violin at the age of five. She started with the Suzuki method and moved onto a more vigorous path of studying viola at New England Conservatory Preparatory School from 2002 – 2006. There she studied with Gillian Rogel in her final year, and was in Benjamin Zander’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for her last two. (Some of her other accomplishments during this time: In 2005, Emily received first chair in Massachusetts All-States Orchestra, and also went on a 3 week-long tour of Brazil and Venezuela in 2005 with NEC’s YPO.) Emily studied classical viola for one final year in from 2006-2007 with New England Conservatory’s James Buswell.
After a life-evaluation at the age of 18, Emily decided to step away from music and two years later, entered the corporate-world in an administrative role. Her final two and-a-half years were served as the Administrative Assistant to the SVP of Product at Sperry, a men’s & women’s footwear brand. Another life evaluation was due after year five in her corporate-gig, which is when Emily decided to return to music, newly inspired by the folk and bluegrass scene. After receiving a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and shortly after becoming a full-time student again, she realized that not only was performing in her future, but so was serving her community, and that would be through the channel of music therapy.
The Bakers are:
Emily Baker on fiddle & vocals
Ben Baker on cello