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Ptarmigan is a modern band of the powerfolk ambioPop genre formed in Columbia, Missouri in 2007. Evan Walton, Peter Marting, and Ted Carstensen create intricate, powerful explosions from simple folk roots and catchy melodies over levels of ambiance. Their debut album "Our Ancient Friends" was released on April 18, 2009.
Also, a former band went by the same name. Ptarmigan formed in 1970, when Michael Bieling introduced guitarist James Lithgow to vocalist/recorder player Glen Dias. The trio began writing songs, with Bieling accompanying the two instrumentalists on congas. They soon added Dennis Lelonde on alto sax, piano and vocals, Monte Nordstrom on 12 string and vocals, and a second percussionist, Shawn Mullins. They combined together to create a bizarre acid-folk sound, but being entirely instrumental. They only released one album, "Ptarmigan", in 1974 with three members.
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