Ted plays rhythm guitar and sings lead for Cribstone Bridge. A talented singer-songwriter, Ted has written over 100 songs and been a contributing member of some of the best bluegrass bands in Maine including The Oakhurst Boys, North Star, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, Bits and Pieces, and most recently Cribstone Bridge.
Ted’s songs have been covered by national and local bluegrass artists. He conducts songwriting workshops for the North Atlantic Arts Alliance at The Ossipee Valley Music Festival. Ted’s original songs are influenced by a wide variety of roots music, from Chuck Berry to Bill Monroe. Bluegrass, folk, and blues music form the foundation upon which Ted’s carefully crafted songs rest.
A powerful and emotional singer, Ted’s fluid rhythm guitar playing combines with Chris' bass to create a rock solid groove. Ted handles most of the emcee work for Cribstone Bridge, and he knows how to make connections with an audience.
Bobby St. Pierre
Bobby needs no introduction to even the most casual New England Bluegrass fans. A veteran of five decades of bluegrass music, and some of best Bluegrass bands in the state of Maine, Bobby’s come out of retirement to tour with CSB this season.
Bobby adds lead guitar, mandolin, and mandola to the mix, and CSB will feature several of his original instrumental tunes which have long been fan favorites.
A talented luthier, Bobby runs Maine Mandolins and Mandolas, makers of fine mandolin family instruments. He’ll be playing those fine instruments this season with Cribstone Bridge.
Taylor picked up the mandolin after marveling at Tim O'Brien's playing with Hot Rize. Tim led to Bill Monroe, and Mr. Monroe led Taylor to a decades-long love affair with bluegrass music. He's been playing with groups in the Portland, Maine area since 1999.
Taylor is pleased to play mandolin and guitar with the fine folks of Cribstone Bridge, and to sing harmonies with Mr. Ted DeMille.
Keith brings over 35 years of experience to the band, having performed all over New England with many of the area's top bluegrass bands. His interest in the banjo and bluegrass music started in the early 1970s listening to WBCN, Boston's innovative alternative FM rock station. It was on that station where he first heard Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys playing "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", the infamous theme to the Bonnie & Clyde movie. This wouldn't otherwise seem out of the ordinary, but Keith was a big Aerosmith rock fan at the time!
His mother Lois and his Aunt Karen gave him his first banjo at the age of 15. With the help of his banjo mentor Herb Rolls and the "Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo" instructional book, Keith was soon realizing his dream inspired by his local banjo heroes Bob French, Bill Hall and Don Stover. At age 19, he was touring with Bear Acker & Billings Gap while attending Engineering School at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Keith has played with and sat in with many bands over the years, including Billings Gap, All Thumbs Bluegrass, The Merrimack Valley Rounders, Herb Applin & The Berkshire Mountain Boys, The City Council, Stone Gap Junction, Monadnock, RFD, New Found Grass and now proud to be part of Cribstone Bridge.
Since starting on the bluegrass bass at age 15, Chris' musical resume spreads far and wide. Beginning in upstate New York in the late 70's, Chris has seen his musical path wind through the Carolinas and North Florida before arriving in Maine in 1990.
Along the way he has anchored a variety of bands, providing the rock steady beat of traditional bluegrass and more free form jazz-grass grooves that typify the contemporary genre. Chris has played in many New England bluegrass bands including The Oakhurst Boys, The Fogg Brothers, and most recently Wide Open Spaces.
On parole and augmenting his current gig with Wide Open Spaces, Chris graciously agreed to join Cribstone Bridge for this festival season.