meet the band
dave englund is a singer/songwriter whose inspiration comes from real-life stories of strangers and family alike. he sings, dave is inspired by lyle lovett, tom waits, wilco, radiohead, and the beatles, to name a few. he plays acoustic and electric guitars, irish bouzouki, and dobro. he says every time he picks up an instrument there's a song there waiting to be written.
steve wolfe is the bassist and provides much of the vocal harmonies for in lieu of flowers. by the time he discovered the beatles around the age of 10, he would pick out paul mccartney’s bass lines on his dad’s acoustic guitar and sing along. paul’s silly love songs had a major impact on steve and solidified the bass as a focal point of songwriting for him. steve has a wide range of bass influences, including james jamerson, bootsy collins and likes to emulate the style of joey spampinato of nrbq.
ernie plays violin and mandolin in the band. he leans towards the classical side of playing violin as opposed to the standard bluegrass fiddle sound which adds a unique blend to the songs. ernie first picked up the violin at age 5. he was the drummer in a hardcore band and a jam band in his teens. he plays in an orchestra in norwood, massachusetts. he is inspired by violinist and songwriter, lindsey stirling.
as a drummer/percussionist/vocalist, mark has performed with several national and local musicians. he performed on cruise ships and with show bands and toured with groups such as the drifters, the platters, and the coasters. inspired by steve gadd, a drummer who is able to make any project he works with come alive with groove, feel, and overall greatness, as well as don henley, a singing drummer and songwriter who is able to play for the song, find the pocket, and add an amazing voice! mark holds a degree from berklee college of music, he is often sought out to do studio recordings with jazz and blues musicians.