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Greg Shupe: Bio

Greg Shupe has been performing around the US, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and the Caribbean since his college days in Minnesota and West Virginia. Accompanying himself on guitar (and occasionally mandolin or concertina) he has played at festivals, clubs, colleges, coffeehouses, benefits, and rallies. Thousands of people have heard him share his eclectic repertoire of folk, blues, country, gospel, bluegrass, traditional, swing, political, and humorous songs from around the country and the world. He also writes and performs his own songs, several of which are featured on his CD - Midnight Train.

Born in southeast Arizona, Greg grew up in southern West Virginia, where the influences of traditional mountain tunes, country music, and union songs had a profound effect on his musical orientation. Over the years he has performed in bands, trios, duos, and solo. He spent three years singing 50's and 60's songs in the Blue Moons. He and Jeffrey Tveraas formed the duo Two Grits. He played in the Washington DC area with two groups, Late for Dinner (Dave Shepp and Tom Shaffer) and Thin Ice (Tom Shaffer and Fred Crozier). He has sung and played guitar with Doris Justis and Linda Baer. He was guitarist and vocalist for the West Virginia String Band. He has also performed with Harmony Dem, a vocal group from the US Virgin Islands.

A social worker by trade, he has worked for AARP and Ralph Nader's Public Citizen, as well as for the states of Maryland and West Virginia. From 1992 until 2009 he was involved in the issue of homelessness, administering programs for Baltimore and for the state of Maryland.  After 25 years living and working in Baltimore, he retired in 2009 and moved to Milford, DE while also spending as much time as possible at his retreat in Chincoteague, VA.

He is performing now with various incarnations of his band, Men With Issues, featuring Dennis Diamond on mandolin, guitar, dobro and more, Zachary Diamond on fiddle, mandolin and percussion, and Duane Geruschat or Mark Ashby on bass.  Unfortunately for the band, Zach has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and is leaving in late August, 2010, for Peru for the coming year.

Greg is also performing as half of the duo the Eclecticians with longtime friend Dave Shepp.  He may even crank up the electric guitar for some of these gigs.