Dave Sammarco Band

Dave Sammarco Band

Dave Sammarco - acoustic and electric guitar, lead vocal
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Dave wrote all the songs on the four released Dave Sammarco Band CD's. Dave's career in music started as a solo act, where he sang and played guitar all over New England. Many of those shows were up in cozy taverns and lodges nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. He has also fronted several local bands including Desert Flowers, and the Boss Tweed Band. Dave has written over 300 songs to date and has created his own publishing company, Geronimo 69 Music.

Some of Dave's favorite Artist's include, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Johnny Cash, Buck Owns, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Bottle Rockets, Ryan Adams, Hank Williams, Social Distortion, Son Volt, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Earnest Tubb, Chris Whitley, Junior Brown, The Derailers, Old 97's, The Byrds, Patsy Cline, Black Keys, Black Crows, Tom Petty, The Replacements, Rolling Stones, Black Keys, CCR, Santana, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Dave is also a professional chef, having graduated from Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute. He has won national awards for his cable cooking programs, as well as awards for his chili and BBQ. He has made several television appearances, and has been featured in several national publications, including People magazine.

Bob Sweeney- drums

When his Mom and Dad got tired of him beating on whatever he imagined as being a drum, they presented him with his first drum kit for Christmas while in the first grade.

Bob learned drumming basics while attending Arlington High School as a member of the marching band. In turn that led to his playing congas for the school jazz band and drums for the symphonic ensemble.

Bob is currently banging the drums for the Dave Sammarco Band as well as Vintage Vibe, and he brings his A game to every show!

Jim Gildea - Bass Player

Jimmy G has been playing guitar and bass since high school. With a few detours along the way, he’s been playing rock, country, and reggae music in a variety of bands and projects. Jimmy spent four years playing regularly in a cover band doing mostly Beatles, Beach Boys, and other 60’s bands, doing a deep dive into the magic of Paul McCartney’s bass playing. Joining The Dave Sammarco Band he’s found a home rocking out on Dave’s original tunes and carefully curated selection of covers. Jimmy majored in History at Dartmouth College and also studied Music Theory as an undergraduate.

Toby Leith - violin
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A classically trained violinist who was nominated Fiddle Player of the Year by the Massachusetts Country Music Awards Association while performing with Robin Right and Right Country, Toby has played many different types of music ranging from country, Irish and bluegrass, to rock n' roll and jazz. Having recorded with Richie Havens and hung out back stage with Roy Orbison and Vassar Clements, Toby plays a five-string electric Ned Steinberger instrument and uses his rich melodic stylings to contribute to the band's success.

Willie Yates - Lead Guitar and Backup Singer

How many people have a band in their living room from their earliest memory?

Willie's older brothers were 12 and 13 when they saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. They both bought guitars the next day and started a band in their living room. By 12, Willie was sneaking into nightclubs to sit in on the guitar.

Willie has played virtually every venue in the Northeast, from the Chatham Bars Inn and Newport society functions to biker bars and nightclubs. Willie plays guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica, and mandolin, and is an accomplished recording engineer.