vocals, piano, clarinet
Hailing from the sandhills of North Carolina, Sarah Lawing began studying classical piano and clarinet in her youth and grew up singing in school and church choirs. She earned degrees in voice/music education and clarinet performance (UNC-Greensboro), as well as masters and doctoral degrees in clarinet performance (UGA). Sarah is a freelance musician, teacher, and multimedia producer.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Brian Smith moved to Athens in 1995 to study guitar at the University of Georgia under the tutelage of John Sutherland. Brian is a founding member of the Georgia Guitar Quartet, Revien, and the Odd Trio. In addition to performing, teaching, and recording, Brian is a session guitarist for musical theater companies in Athens, Gainesville, Atlanta and Lawrenceville, Georgia.
David Adler is a guitarist/singer, writer and music educator who has worked with a wide variety of artists in settings including jazz, rock/pop, gospel, cabaret, musical theater and more. He has written liner notes for such influential jazz artists as Dave Douglas, Harold Mabern, Al Foster, Wallace Roney, David Binney, Orrin Evans, Ryan Keberle, Dayna Stephens and Alex Sipiagin, among many others.
Dylan has been playing drums for 30 years, since he got his first kit on Christmas day in 3rd grade. He studied music throughout school and college, while playing music with friends in various bands over the years. A high school technology teacher during the day, he's grateful for the opportunity to continue performing on the weekends with talented friends like the ones in The Lonesome Dawn.
Having escaped his hometown of Binghamton New York in his early 20s, Dan has chosen to punish himself in other ways, mostly by playing bass in the same semi-unsuccessful indie-rock band for 34 years, Five Eight. Meanwhile, he has gotten himself an upright bass and has branched off into Klezmer, jazz, and folk. In other words, he is in way over his head most of the time. For the past 11 years (which seems short to him), Dan has headed up Klezmer Local 42, spreading Klezmer as far as Mexico and Watkinsville.
Adam Poulin is a gun for hire! Sawing on the fiddle and playing it hot, Adam is equally as accomplished as a guitar player and classical violinist. He started playing violin at age 9. A few years later, at age 15, he began studying guitar. By age 24 after moving to Athens, hard work and talent turned him into one of the most sought-after professional musicians around, including as a studio player. Adam’s high on-stage energy and musicianship makes him worth any admission price to watch and hear.
guitars, mandolin, vocals
Middle Georgia native, Sean Thrower is a versatile guitarist that has performed in a wide variety of settings and venues across the world. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance from the University of Georgia where he studied classical guitar. Sean has published three instructional music books, and in 2017, he founded Guitar Ramble, LLC, a business dedicated to the sharing and education of music. He has taught many students through his Thrower Guitar Studio and is currently on staff at Berry College and Kennesaw State University.