Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
It was a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, head-bobbing time with the Garlic Mustard Pickers last night at the Fixx Coffee House in St. Francis.
Twenty-plus Fixx patrons braved a rainy night and sacrificed (or DVO-ed) the BCS national college championship football game between Ohio State and Louisiana State on TV to hear the South Milwaukee-based
Celtic band play Irish jigs and reels, slow airs, military ditties and rousing, audience-participation bar songs.
Fiddler Bobbie Groth regaled the group with tales of the songs’ background/meaning. Her husband, Don Lawson, played a hammered dulcimer and a recorder and led the singing – until his voice gave out. Bassist Mark Wooldrage, who also plays a penny whistle, took over vocals while Don relieved him on the bass. Such versatility!
Other band members include guitarist LaVerne Dietzel, violinist Debbie Wilhelm, her husband, Joe, a one-man percussion/rhythm section, and flutist Pam Uhrig.
The Fixx furnishings of tiled tables and natural-wood Windsor Arrowback chairs surrounding a conversation pit of dark leather sofas added to the ambience. Fixx coffee, other beverages and yummie baked goodies completed the experience.
Those who missed this enjoyable evening will have another opportunity when the band plays the Fixx again on Feb. 4, which is the first Monday of the month, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
From left: Don Lawson, Pam Uhrig, LaVerne Dietzel, Bobbie Groth (seated), Joe Wilhelm, Mark Wooldrage, Debbie Wilhelm