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Richard Gregory-Allen

Three Cats and a Dog
Address: P.O. Box 2341, ,

Three Cats and a Dog
Traditional tunes and old songs by …
Richard Gregory-Allen, on Fiddle, Mandola and Vocals;
Jim Shaw, on Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Soprano Sax and Harmony Vocals; and
John Alden, on Bass, Accordion, Guitar and Lead Vocals.

“Three Cats and a Dog” is a trio of musicians (and one sheepdog ambassador) who appear regularly around Cape Cod and Eastern Massachusetts. They perform a lively and eclectic mix of Celtic, American and Canadian fiddle tunes; traditional country songs (especially those by Hank Williams); as well as some blues, jazz, and acoustic old time music. The band consists of Richard Gregory-Allen on fiddle and occasionally mandola; Jim Shaw on guitar, banjo and harmony vocals; and John Alden on upright bass, button accordion and vocals. Richard is kept by the true star of the group, Shakkai (unfortunately, she is not allowed in some venues).

"Three Cats and A Dog" is happy to play almost anywhere! They have successfully played in restaurants and taverns, for weddings and private parties, and for concerts. In addition, they are a "contradance kit". John is a wonderful dance caller (Richard and Jim provide the music), who can interest advanced dancers, but he really specializes in getting beginners and "non-dancers" involved. He teaches and calls an interesting variety of New England contradances, square dances, and silly party dances.

Richard started out as a classical violist and then moved over to playing "fiddle" tunes. In addition to tunes from the Celtic countries and Eastern North America, his repertoire includes an interesting variety of music from other regions of the world. In real life, he is a mathematician and information systems business consultant. Along with John and Jim, he also performs with the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra.

Jim started out playing woodwinds, but switched to acoustic guitar during the "folk scare" of the 60's. He probably remembers that obscure Kingston Trio song that's been bothering you for the last 10 years! He has been playing “old-timey” music on the banjo for nearly 30 years. Jim is a (the) physics and astronomy professor at Cape Cod Community College.

John got his musical start on washtub bass and quickly got involved playing with an old time string band. He will play just about any instrument he can get his hands on, and loves to sing old country songs. John farms cranberries, coaches girls soccer, calls contradances, and is a building contractor. In that role, he specializes in creating solutions to difficult geometrical challenges (e.g. eyebrow dormers in log homes!).