September 27, 1969
Bob White was born and raised in Michigan. He moved to Ann Arbor to get a job and play at the Canterbury House before it closed. He was a regular at the original Ark on Hill Street. As a touring folk musician, he traveled the US widely performing at folk festivals and clubs, mostly east of the Mississippi. For some years, Bob lived at The Ark for week or two before and after a show. In his days playing The Ark, Bob was a talkative performer, telling “stories that happened the other day.” He reports that he has written only one song: ”I like to be alone.” More recently, Bob performs with Bob White and the Wingers or Bob White & Co. based in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Pam Ostergren [Brown] (b. 1944) is an American singer and banjo player who was born and raised in McHenry, Illinois. As a young adult, Ostergren was a regular at The Heritage Coffeehouse in San Diego and helped organize events there. She toured the United States as part of a traditional folk duo with singer-songwriter Bobi Thomas. She continues to teach clawhammer banjo and is active in the Denver area folk music and dance community.
Grady Tuck (1926-1994) was a folk musician and banjo player based in San Diego, California. He performed at and helped manage open mic events at The Heritage Coffeehouse in San Diego in the 1960 and 1970s. He was a traveling partner of Michael Cooney and performed regularly in folk venues with Pam Ostergren. Musician Tom Waits name-checked Grady Tuck in his song “On the Nickle.”