Mike DeGiorgi has been writing songs since he was 13 years old! Many Smith Mountain Lake area residents are familiar "There's No Dancin' at the Dudley", " Midnight On Windy Gap" and other tunes that are written about places near SML. Mike is also a member of the Panini Brothers, a local band that includes Larry Sakayama, Chip Conway, Mark Earnhardt and Scott Thomas. 

Greg Trafidlo has performed from Beijing, China to Cork, Ireland, -- the historic, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to Chicago’s Wrigley Field. His songs have been performed by folk icons such as Pete Seeger, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, and recorded by numerous performers including renowned bluegrass artist, Charlie Sizemore. Greg currently performs with folk icon, Tom Paxton, as well as his trio, Trifolkal (with Neal Phillips and Laura Pole). He has also performed with Bill Monroe, Peter Yarrow, Janis Ian, John Prine and with Kathy Mattea on Nashville’s WSM-Radio, and others.

Mike Franke's brand of easy finger-style, singer-songwriter, message-infused blues and folk ranges from gritty- edgy to wise-humorous to just plain hyphenated. Mike pays his friends to say he reminds them of people like John Prine, Chris Smither, Tom Rush, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Clapton unplugged, and lots of other famous people. His stage presence has been described as “warm and fuzzy like a chipmunk but much bigger.”

Larry Sakayama's  writing/playing styles runs from folk to rock, jazz to classical.  He's a former president of the Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association and currently heads the Blue Ridge Luthiers, a group of local instrument makers.  He plays with the Panini Brothers but for this gig he'll be going solo.

Larry Helms has been writing songs for years, but only started devoting adequate time to the effort after retirement six years ago. Now the songs aren't as bad.

Randy Williams has been writing songs since he first picked up a guitar as a teenager. In his early twenties, he was a member of a couple of popular bar bands. After receiving a degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech, he operated his own design/build business for many years. Now with his two sons busy with their own successful careers, Randy has renewed his interest in songwriting. His songs are lyrically unique and imaginative. His vocals are strong and soulful, with influences running from transistor pop to mountain blues. 

Celie Holmes is a vocalist, vocal coach, multi-instrumentalist and director of both the SML Harmeneers barbershop chorus, and Roanoke’s all-female a capella Star City Sounds chorus. Born in Norway and raised in England, she has called southwest Virginia home since graduating from Roanoke College oh so many years ago.

Radford, Virginia-based performing songwriter David Simpkins has been actively entertaining audiences for over 35 years — starting with 22 years in cover bands.  Since 2000, David has been focusing on writing and performing his own Americana-style songs. He was a finalist in the Appalachian Fair "Best Unknown Country Songwriter" contest in 2000 and was the winner of the Floydfest Showcase Stage "Best Song" in 2002. David plays regular solo acoustic gigs, and has performed at numerous songwriters-in-the-round events, festivals, benefits, celebrations, songwriters’ nights, and open mics. His music has been played locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on a number of commercial, public, and internet radio stations.

Backup  vocalists

Kathy Acosta has been singing harmony since she learned how by listening to the Carpenters in the 1970s. Whether singing with her sisters, her husband, or her fellow SVSA members, she’s happy to remain “20 feet from stardom.”

Britt Mistele lives in Floyd, writes a lot of songs and is much in demand as a backup vocalist for many local musicians and songwriters. He always has at least one guitar for sale on EBay!

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