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Biography

Hi, and thanks for your interest! Wanigan is a group of six guys from the Lewis-Clark Valley area that plays a lot of original works in addition to bluegrass and folk classics (for example Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Blackberry Blossom). The boys like to describe their sound as "bluegrass, etc." due to other stylistic influences that come peeking through every once in awhile (Folk, Celtic, Appalachian, Blues, etc.).

The name 'Wanigan' is taken from the annual log drive that took place each year down the North Fork of the Clearwater River. The wanigan served as both sleeping quarters and cookshack for the men who risked their lives to free the logs every spring.

ON GUITAR AND LEAD VOCALS: Warren Akin
A solid guitarist and vocalist, Warren is also a fantastic songwriter.

ON MANDOLIN, GUITAR AND VOCALS: Tim Gundy
In addition to being a killer mandolin player, Tim is about the humblest guy you'll ever meet. He just rocks, but you'd never hear it from him!

ON BANJO AND VOCALS: Dale Vallandigham
Dale's technique is just superb. He's also a killer vocalist (with barbershop quartet experience) and a fantastic yodeler.

ON GUITAR, MANDOLIN, AND VOCALS: Mike Haberman
Wanigan's newest band member, the boys are so proud to have Mike. An excellent songwriter, Mike is a veteran musician with a family full of great musicians. He recently released a CD with his daughter, Olivia Haberman.

ON BASS, MANDOLIN, GUITAR AND VOCALS: Denis Hackwith
Born in a musical family, Denis has been playing bluegrass, folk, and other roots music his entire life. He's an incredibly solid bass fiddle player who adds the foundation to all of Wanigan's music. The boys also like to bring him forward to show off his mandolin style.

ON VIOLIN, MANDOLIN, GUITAR AND VOCALS: Jason Hackwith
Jason, Denis' son, also grew up playing roots music, but branched into all kinds of musical styles throughout his life (everything from opera to alt rock). He studied classical violin for a decade, majored in music with a voice and guitar emphasis, and has been writing funky, bluesy-folk/acoustic rock music since high school.

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