Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Zoe is an author and journalist from Washington D.C. with roots in the sugarcane fields of Louisiana, a topic she has written about, both as a journalist and songwriter. She’s been playing guitar since her father gave her his Guild 12-string when she was 13 and has played in a number of Bay Area bands — Bear Flag Republic, Raven’s Way, Do Wrong Right, etc. She currently performs with the Dylan-inspired Rolling Thunder band and with a group of local journalists,The Deadliners, but Sugartown is her baby and favorite child.
By day, a long time public defender, by night, Brian looks for any opportunity he can to sing and play guitar. Guided by Duke Ellington’s observation that there are really only two kinds of music, good music and the other kind, Brian enjoys playing everything from Son Jarocho to swing. He's a founding member of Bay Area bluegrass band, Don’t Look Back. He’s the lead guitarist in local Bob Dylan tribute band, Rolling Thunder. His main musical project these days is singing and playing guitar for Sugartown, which he founded with Zoe Carter in 2016.
David Boyden is a violinist and fiddler born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of San Francisco School of the Arts and San Francisco State University, he currently works as a freelancer and teacher. In addition to being the “fiddler whiz kid” in Sugartown, David plays with the Pine Needles (bluegrass, rock, jazz), the 29th St. Swingtet (gypsy jazz and swing), and Kaptain Bottletop, a group dedicated to exploring Scandinavian music.
Dan Seamans grew up in Washington, DC playing bass guitar in rock bands. He discovered string bass as a student at U.C. Santa Cruz where one of his professors encouraged him to quit his job as a tree surgeon’s assistant and to get serious about practicing, telling him, “If you keep playing like that you’re going to be ‘New Jersey Dan.’ Do you know what that means? It means No Job Dan.” Happily, he got serious, got better, and in the mid-1980’s moved to Oakland and co-founded the New Klezmer Trio, which toured in Europe and the United States. While he continues to perform as a jazz player around the Bay Area, he joined forces with Sugartown in 2016, bringing his jazz-and-Klezmer-inspired sound – along with his harmony and lead vocals -- to the group, much to their ongoing delight.