The five musicians who comprise Brewflies have been playing, performing, arranging and recording traditional and contemporary acoustic music for three decades. All have played in award-winning bluegrass bands, appearing with Tony Trishka, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The New Grass Revival, Oscar Brand, The Pogues, the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, David Grisman, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Larry and Billy were key figures in the old-time/bluegrass music scene in the New York Metropolitan region from the 1980s into the early 90s, organizing several bands, hosting bluegrass festivals in Queens and Long Island, and opening a number of venues in a vibrant traditional music circuit. Their band, Jumbo String Band, headed festivals in Switzerland, Scotland, Germany, and England.

Jeff, an award-winning frailing-style banjoist, headed a number of bands that combined bluegrass with Brazilian-flavored jazz, specializing in a mandolin style influenced by Sam Bush and David Grisman.

Kirsti is a singer/songwriter and singer living in Woodstock, NY. She is also a member of the harmonic-overtone choir, "Prana". Kirsti's most recent release, "The Summer I Stopped Whining", was released under the title "Little Green Blackbird".

Dan has been playing banjo for over 20 years and has developed a versatility over that time that compliments the Brewflies diverse repertoire. Dan can play the traditional style or breakout into jazzy and swing modes.

Larry Brittain - guitar, vocals

Billy Clockel - bass, vocals

Kirsti Gholson - vocals

Dan Levy - banjo, vocals

Jeff Schmich - mandolin, banjo, vocals


Brewflies’ first CD release, On the Fly, showcases many of the styles the band has incorporated into its unique sound. After several years of quiet experimentation in home studios with the aim of shifting from a six-piece bluegrass band to a three-piece acoustic ensemble, Brewflies decided to team up with New York area musicians of equally eclectic backgrounds and, with only a minimally sketched-in arrangement and virtually no rehearsal, see what would result.

Recorded in Woodstock, NY, and New York City (Mark Dan, Engineer / Mark Dann’s Studios) over a period of 18 months, the album features Grammy-award winners banjoist Bill Keith (pioneer of the “Keith-style” melodic banjo style) and fiddler Lisa Gutkin (Klezmatics and Whirligig). Cellist Mark Murphy, drummer Dan Hickey, keyboardists Joshua Pearl and Mike Mindell, guitarist Dave Mason, and supporting vocals from Woodstock natives Kirsti Gholson and Bar Scott, Jim Coleman, and Carl MaultsBy’s Rejoicensemble appear on various tracks.

Brewflies' latest release, Hard Travelin', expands both the boundary and direction of the music. With the full time editions of Kirsti Gholson and Dan Levy the diversity and talent they brought created music that pushes Brewflies to a new cutting edge Americana sound.

Again recorded in Woodstock, NY, and New York City (Mark Dan, Engineer / Mark Dann’s Studios), the album includes talented support from a number of musicians: Grammy-award winning fiddle Lisa Gutkin, and fiddlers Gary Oleyar and Larry Packer, drummer Dan Hickey, Keyboardists Keith Slattery and "Professor" Louie Hurwitz, Concertina Jody Kruskal, guitarist Dave Mason and dobro Jimmy Heffernan.