|Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase||Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy|
Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy have been playing music together since 1994, and have been married since 1995. They’ve played hundreds of shows all over the country, and have traveled the world together.
They have recorded two CDs, Something Good and Tocoi Light, of their own songs as well as songs written by unsung songwriters who they are fortunate to know. Their repertoire is broad. They are versed in traditional and contemporary folk music, music from the British Isles, lots of pop, rock and jazz, as well as a large body of original music.
They are a fully functional duo. They both sing, and between them play guitar, mandolin, string bass, and harmonica. They also often work as a trio or quartet with their good friends Kent Ippolito, and Henry Hubbard, who bring a variety of stringed instruments and vocals to the mix.
Their first CD, Tocoi Light, won a WAMMIE for Best Debut Album Of The Year, and They have been nominated for a bunch of other ones as well. They were finalists in the Kerville Newfolk Song Competition, and were nominated for the Virginia Governors Award for Artistic Excellence. They’ve played the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Birchmere, The Kennedy Center and countless bars, house concerts, spring, summer and fall festivals, wineries... and they never tire of it!
They played full time for a couple of years until they decided that balancing a performing career with a steady income created a more desirable lifestyle.
They still managed to play about 90 shows a year until this year, when they gave birth to their first child, Adrian Rose. They still play almost every week, but raising their daughter has become their primary focus.
Laurie earned a Masters Degree at Ohio University in International Development and, after playing full time for a few years, landed a job in DC, where she worked on projects for the federal government in drug and alcohol research. She relinquished her commute to DC a couple of years ago to work for Marstel-Day, an environmental consulting firm in Fredericksburg.
Peter has managed Picker’s Supply, a stringed instrument shop in Fredericksburg, since 1980, which has been a great base of operations for him as a performer, teacher and author.
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Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy appeared in the November 1999 Showcase, November 2000 Showcase, November 2001 Showcase, November 2002 Showcase, October 2006 Showcase, November 2007 Showcase, January
2011 Showcase, Noveber 2011 Showcase, and the November 2012 Showcase.
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