Latta, Greg

PERFORMANCE: Greg Latta is a mesmerizing singer and performer on the hammered dulcimer, guitar, Irish bouzouki, banjo, 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 (1994, 1992 and 1990), and has twice been a runner up in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championships held at Winfield, Kansas. (1994 and 1992).

Greg performs an eclectic mix of carefully chosen Irish, traditional and contemporary folk, Broadway, bluegrass, and original music.

Though known mainly for his hammered dulcimer playing, Greg is also an award winning banjo player, having won second or third place every year in the 1994 - 1990 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!

Greg has played guitar longer than any other instrument, as can be evidenced by his driving "Travis" style of picking and varied fingerwork. He plays both 6 and 12-string guitars, specializing in open tunings on the 12-string guitar. His songs include original works, old coal mining songs, whaling songs, contemporary and traditional topical songs, and children's songs, to name just a few.

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

"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.

PAST ENGAGEMENTS:(2004 - 2001 Engagements Are Highlighted)Notable Engagements and Awards Are Underlined

  • Laurel Arts Soundstage, Featured Performer 2004, 2003, 2002
  • Cumberland St. Patrick's Day Hooley, 2004-2000
  • Piano Festival Benefit Concert With Joan Dixon and Susan Mills, 2004
  • Valentine's Day Benefit Concert With Joan Dixon and Susan Mills, 2003
  • Laurel Mountain Coffehouse, 2003
  • Mt. Savage Middle School 2003
  • Rocky Gap Music Under the Stars, 2003 - 1993
  • Swallow Falls Apple Butter Boil 2003 - 1997
  • Mon County Fair, West Virginia, 2003 - 1995
  • Frostburg State University Honors Convocation, 2003, 2001, 1999 - 1992
  • Concert at Matinak State Park, Denton. MD, 2003 - 1999
  • Concert at Tuckahoe State Park 2003
  • Frostburg State University Honors Convocation, 2003, 2001, 1999 - 1992
  • Garrett Lakes Arts Festival 2002
  • Performance at Frost Elementary School as part of Arts Alive! 2002
  • Performance at Mt. Savage Elementary School as part of Arts Alive! 2002
  • Performance At Beall Elementary School as part of Arts Alive! 2002
  • Windber Elementary School 2002, 2000
  • C & O Canalfest Cumberland, 2002-1998
  • Cumberland Heritage Days, 2002 - 1990
  • Concert at Deep Creek Lake State Park 2002
  • New Germany State Park Campground Coffeehouse 2002 - 1995
  • Concert at Assateague State Park, 2002 - 1999
  • Frostburg State University - Special Concert With Irish Supergroup Cuillin 2001
  • Sharpsburg Heritage Festival 2001
  • Westernport Elementary School 2001
  • Gandalf's Restaurant, 2001 - 1995
  • Bishop Walsh High School 2001
  • FSU Earth Day Folk Festival, 2001, 1999-1998, 1994 - 1992
  • Wiley Ford Primary School 2001
  • South Penn Elementary School 2001
  • Cumberland Celtic Festival 2003, 2001, 2000
  • Performance at Thrasher Carriage Museum, 2001, 1999
  • North Preston Farmer's Club Annual Fall Festival 2000
  • Coal Heritage Trail Workshop 2000
  • Performance for First Presbyterian Chuch of Cumberland, 2000, 1999
  • Cafe Frostburg Performer at Frostburg State University, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992
  • Fundraiser for Crippled Children, 1999
  • Regional Rotary Conference, Rocky Gap Lodge, 1999
  • American Cancer Society Relay For Life, 1999, 1998
  • Allegany Second Class of Leadership Dinner, 1999
  • Frostburg State University (FSU) Piano Festival, 1999, 1998, 1997
  • Frostburg State University Diversity Day, 1999
  • Bishop Walsh St. Patrick's Day Fund-raiser, 1999
  • Performance With Pittsburgh Modern Dance Company Dance Alloy, 1998
  • Performance For Cas Taylor, Speaker Of Maryland House, 1998
  • Scottish Rite Mason's Banquet, 1998
  • Frostburg Rotary Club, 1998
  • Cumberland TGIF Concert, 1998
  • Performance For Med-Chi, Baltimore, 1998
  • Lectures/performances for Music Classes at FSU 1998 - 1995
  • Folk Music Talk for Frostburg Heights Apartments, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1992
  • Washington Middle School Music Class Presentations, 1998
  • Somerfest Festival, Somerset, PA 1997
  • Concert in the Park, Cumberland Md., 1997 - 1995
  • Workshop Performer - Rocky Gap Country/Bluegrass Festival, 1997 1990
  • Cumberland Children's Arts Festival, 1997
  • Westside Elementary School Pre-Kindergarten, 1997
  • Garrett County Habitat For Humanity, 1997
  • Program for Grantsville, MD Rotary 1997
  • Program for Cumberland, MD AARP 1997
  • Maryland Victim's Rights Service, Hagerstown, Md., 1996
  • Hungarian Presidential Cabinet, 1996
  • WFWM Benefit Concert, 1996, 1995
  • Music At the Penn Alps, 1996, 1994, 1993
  • FSU Children's Literature Conference, 1996, 1992
  • American Heart Association Taste of Allegany County 1996, 1995
  • Performance/lecture for Watershed of the Chesapeake, AEL 1995, 1991-1990
  • PACE Reception, Annapolis, MD 1995
  • Meyersdale Maple Festival 1995 - 1990
  • Penn Alps Summerfest 1995
  • Henny's Restaurant, St. Patrick's Day, 1995, 1994
  • Frostburg Candlelight Tour of Homes, 1995 - 1994, 1991 - 1989
  • Picker's Paradise Songwriter's Showcase, Fredericksburg, VA 1995
  • Dick Cerri's Music Americana Radio Showcase - 1994, 1993
  • Meyersdale Christmas at the Manor 1994 - 1990
  • Workshop Performer, Allegany County Summer Fine Arts Camp, 1993
  • Folk Alley Coffeehouse - 1993
  • Maryland Railfest, 1992
  • US Olympic Canoeing and Kayaking Trials 1992
  • C & O Canal Boat Festival, 1992
  • Workshop Performer - Kent State Folk Festival, 1990, 1989
  • FSU Catch a Rising Star Series 1991, 1990
  • McHenry Highland Festival Performer and Emcee 1991
  • FSU Elderhostle 1991, 1990
  • Max's on Broadway, Baltimore, 1991
  • Upward Bound Program, FSU, 1991
  • Frostburg Downtown Festival, 1989
  • 1st Place, 1994, 1992, and 1990 Mid-Eastern Regional Hammered Dulcimer Championships
  • Second Place, 1994, 1992 National Hammered Dulcimer Championships
  • 2nd Place, 1994 - 1992, 1990 Friendsville Banjo Contest
  • 3rd Place, 1991 Friendsville Banjo Contest

INSTRUMENT PROFICIENCY: (All of these can be played and demonstrated)

  • Hammered Dulcimer
  • Soprano Hammered Dulcimer
  • 6 String Guitar
  • 12 String Guitar
  • Appalachian Dulcimer
  • Irish Bouzouki
  • Cittern
  • Bluegrass Banjo
  • Recorder (Tenor through Sopranino)
  • English Concertina
  • Limberjack
  • Bodhran (Irish Drum)
  • Diatonic Harmonica
  • Chromatic Harmonica
  • Latin Percussion (Afuche Cabasa, Guiro, Claves, etc.)
  • +Assorted others