Bill and Bonnie Wisnowski are Dovetail, a father-daughter duo
Northeast with powerful vocals and soul-searching original songs.
Born into a musical family in the Boston area, Bill first learned the
violin before turning to the guitar in high school and later joining
country and folk bands. Bonnie was 7 when they first performed together
in a summer concert series in Worcester, Mass. Relocating to Danbury,
Conn., she was 16 when they formed an alternative band, Walking the
Dragon, that highlighted Bonnie’s classically trained voice and Bill’s
introspective songs. Besides sneaking her in the back door of local
bars where they played, they often drove into New York City to perform
at Nightingale’s or CBGB’s Record Cantina.
Fleeing the nest after high school, Bonnie used her voice as a tonal
instrument on a CD called “Olive Grain” and eventually moved to
Brooklyn, N.Y., and Bill remained in Danbury and became a member of a
popular free-range acoustic trio, My Dad’s Truck. During this time,
they seldom sang together except at family gatherings and their annual
Children of Christmas sing-along at a local coffeehouse.
A couple of years ago, Bonnie and Bill were asked to perform at an
outdoor benefit, so they rearranged Walking the Dragon songs and called
themselves Dovetail. A woodworking term also defined as “to fit
together closely or logically,” it’s an appropriate name for the
cabinetmaker father and visual-designer daughter.
Between Bonnie’s voice and Bill’s songs, many of which were written to
showcase her vocal range, Dovetail was so well-received that they
decided to perform as a duo again. Besides playing shows in the New
York tri-state area, they performed in guerilla showcases at the 2012
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference and got noticed,
especially by Bob and Lou Gramann of the Fredericksburg Songwriters'