The Band

Big Hillbilly Bluegrass is honored to host a number of great musical talents. Here's who we are...

Mike Munford Mike Munford, vocals, banjo

Mike is a fiery soloist, yet simultaneously a real team player. His powerful technique, quicksilver improvisations, and seemingly inexhaustible reservoir of musical ideas have won him high-visibility gigs with the likes of Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, and Mark Newton. In a lifetime devoted to bluegrass, Mike has won innumerable friends and fans while acquiring an encyclopedic capability with all things banjo; tone, repertoire, set-up and repair. Talent of Mike's magnitude is truly rare.

Tad Marks Tad Marks, vocals, fiddle

Tad won his bluegrass spurs by touring with Del McCoury, Lynn Morris, Kate MacKenzie and James King. His playing reveals a grand knowledge of bluegrass, old-time, swing, Celtic and classical music and he can always be counted on for spontaneous, sly musical humor. With four solo discs to his credit, Tad is a prolific composer and an expert violinmaker. Marks may have more danceable rhythm in his bow than a "Soul Train" class reunion.

Elizabeth Day Elizabeth Day, vocals

Raised in Morehead, Kentucky, and educated in Abilene, Texas, this country girl is the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Kentucky fiddlers. As the "Big Hillbilly's" official good-will ambassador, her searing vocals and warm demeanor make her a genuine crowd pleaser everywhere she goes. If you hear Elizabeth sing only one song it can never be enough.


Bob Perilla Bob Perilla, vocals, guitar

Bob was reared in rural Maryland and honed his craft by playing with the Baltimore bands Satyr Hill and Jackstraw, among others. He is a consummate entertainer and an in-demand MC. Perilla is a 'fire & brimstone' rhythm guitarist in the grand tradition of Jimmy Martin and Vernon McIntyre. He has performed with Don Stover, Buzz Busby, Kenny Smith and Al Jones & Frank Necessary. He wrote the song "May's the Man," which "Big Hillbilly Bluegrass" performed on screen in the 2003 Dreamworks movie "Head of State". Bob composed and recorded the musical score for the hit play/TV movie "T-Bone & Weasel"

Craig Hopwood, sound

Craig has over 29 years experience in the world of sound, lighting, concert production and stage & road management. His current associations are with the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival where he has worked for 8 years as Lighting Designer & Stage Production Contractor. He does the recording and is the Live Sound Engineer for Cerridwyn's Coffeehouse in Silver Spring MD. Craig is also a specialist at Live Location Recording, Direct-to-Disc and Digital Multitrack in real-time. When he's not recording other folks, Craig plays the Dobro and the lap steel guitar. To contact Craig call 410-74S-OUND (747-6863) or send him an email at craig.hopwood@verizon.net