Greg Latta
Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist

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Live On The Air At WFWM
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Greg's Concert Schedule
Pictures from the MSAC Individual Artist Award Ceremony.

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Photos of Greg live on the air during his show
"Just Plain Folks" at the studios of WFWM 91.9 FM


Next Release Nearing Completion

I am nearing the completion of my next recording. I just finished recording one of my favourite songs, "The Butcher Boy" and need to record a couple more pieces to finish the project. Finished songs include the following:

Blackwaterside
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Click here to to listen.
Just for You
Gotta Get Back to the Mountains Click here to listen.
Walking Boss
Five in Twenty-Four Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
The Whole World Round
Choo Choo to You Click here to listen.
The Butcher Boy

Songs I am considering recording include "You're in the Jailhouse Now", "Summertime", "Let the Sun Shine Down on Me", "The Bonnie Light Horseman", and "Both Sides Now". Check back here for future progress reports.

Greg Receives an Individual Artist Award in
Solo Musical Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council.

For a second time, Greg was a recipient of a prestigeous Individual Artist Award in Solo Musical Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council. The award is based on three recordings that were submitted to the Maryland State Arts Council. The recordings were then sent to a blind, out of state panel of judges who did not know the identity of the applicant. The award is based solely on the artistic merit of the recordings. Greg used the award money to buy a Kala Elite Ukulele and a Nikon video SLR.

The recordings have been posted on the Maryland State Arts Council's web site and you can listen to them by clicking on the links below:

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - by Gordon Lightfoot

Gotta Get Back to the Mountains - by Greg Latta

Choo Choo to You - by Greg Latta

The recordings were done at Greg's studio, The Latta Sound Works, and are 100% Greg's work. He sings all of the vocals, plays all of the instruments, and was the recording and mastering engineer.

A ceremony for all of the award recipients was held Monday, June 2015 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. You can click on the link below for pictures from the awards ceremony.

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Pictures from the awards ceremony for the Maryland State
Arts Council's Individual Artists Awards

The Maryland State Arts Council does a tremendous job promoting the arts here in Maryland.
We owe them our sincerest thanks for hard work that they do!


Performance:
Greg Latta is a mesmerizing singer, songwriter, and award winning performer on the hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar, Irish bouzouki, cittern, harmonica, recorder, Appalachian dulcimer, and concertina. A hammered dulcimer virtuoso and champion, he is a three time winner of the Mid-Eastern hammered dulcimer championships and has twice been a runner up in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championships held at Winfield, Kansas.

Greg and Dulcimer



Greg and Instruments

Greg performs an eclectic mix of carefully chosen Irish, traditional and contemporary folk, Broadway, bluegrass, and original music. His repertoire includes original works, old coal mining songs, whaling songs, contemporary and traditional topical songs, and children's songs, to name just a few. His diverse performances have included a private performance for the Hungarian Presidential Cabinet, and performances at the US Olympic Canoeing and Kayaking Trials, the Rocky Gap Country Bluegrass Festival, the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, numerous school performances, and a performance with the prestigious modern dance company Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh celebrating the centennial of Frostburg State University.



A finger style guitar player who has played guitar nearly his entire life, Greg plays both 6 and 12 string guitars, and open tunings on the 12 string guitar are a particular specialty of his.

Greg and Guitar



Greg With Banjo Greg is also an award winning banjo player, having won second or third place five years in a row at the banjo competitions held in Friendsville, MD. His banjo style is a combination of traditional bluegrass, old-timey, melodic, and contemporary styles. He has even been known to let a Beatles tune or two slip out on the banjo!



Recordings:
Greg Latta's has released two recordings, "Headed for Home" and "My Favourite Things".

Headed For Home: With a total running time of over 60 minutes, "Headed for Home" is an acoustic tour de force featuring vocals and instruments such as the 6 and 12 string guitar, hammered dulcimer, recorder, harmonica, Appalachian dulcimer, and electric bass guitar. The album also includes unusual sound effects and percussion instruments such as the Mexican rain stick. The fine mandolin playing of Frostburg musician Randy Bandura is also featured on several selections. The album features 6 original works by Greg and 9 other works, some traditional, others by composers such as Lerner and Loewe, Jean Ritchie, Ewan McColl, David Olney, and Tim DeFrange..

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My Favourite Things Front

My Favourite Things:
"My Favourite Things", is a collection of hammered dulcimer solos featuring both standard and soprano hammered dulcimers. His eclectic tastes are reflected in the variety of styles that appear on the recording. Broadway tunes, traditional and contemporary Irish tunes, a traditional American tune, an ancient Galician, or Spanish piece, plus his arrangements of a Rossini theme, a Finnish polka, and a Beatles tune, "Here Comes the Sun" are on the album. He has also included his own composition "Mid-Spring".



Other:
Greg is accredited as a Visiting Performer in the Maryland State Arts Council Artists in Education Program. In addition to his stage performances and recordings Greg is also host and producer of the popular radio show "Just Plain Folks", which can be heard Saturday afternoons on WFWM - 91.9 FM, the Frostburg State University public radio station. He is also a member of the Frostburg State University faculty.

Greg Waiting

Photos By Dave Romero, VibrantImage.com


If you would like an informative brochure in Adobe© .PDF
format click on each of the links below:

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Contact Information

LetterIf you would like booking information or if you have
any questions or comments, you can send E-Mail to Greg at glatta@frostburg.edu


Greg's Public Performance Schedule
Updated 07-05-2016

After an extremely busy May and June I am taking the month of July off from performing to spend time on the recording studio working on my next release.

Sunday, August 7th: Constitution Park Amphitheater

Saturday, August 13th: Rocky Gap State Park


Hammered and Appalachian Dulcimer Lessons

If you are interested in learning the hammered dulcimer or Appalachian dulcimer, expanding your repertoire, or refining your technique, then you might like to take private lessons. Private lessons are available on an hourly basis. Greg is located in Western Maryland in the town of Frostburg, Maryland. Frostburg is about 2 hours from Frederick, MD and 1 hour from Morgantown, WV. It is easily accessible from Interstate 68. For more information (rates, setting up lessons, directions, etc.) you can leave E-mail for Greg at glatta@frostburg.edu

Hammered Dulcimer

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