Located in Morgantown West Virginia performing solo and playing
with The Stewed Mulligans, a rockin' old time stringband who have been playing for over 30 years.
Also played 5 string bass for 7 piece Latin band Sabor Latino from May 2000 to April 2001
performing merengue's, bachata's, cumbia's, plena's, salsa's
Nashville Years, 1986-1998, 2002-2008
Session player and backup musician in Nashville. Wrote with and recorded for Dulcimer
legend David Schnaufer that also included Chet Atkins, Mark O'Conner, Albert Lee,and
Mark Knopfler. Played mandolin for Toni Price during her Nashville days. Recorded banjo for
Americana artist Hayseed that included Lucinda Williams. Opened for Townes Van Zandt and,
played the Everly Brothers Renuion with David Schnaufer. Recorded banjo for Michael Martin
Murphy's "A Cowboy Christmas" on Warner Bros. Records. Vince headlined at The Station Inn
in Nashville, and performed at Jim Roony's Birthday Party also at the Station Inn. Vince played
sessions for Garth Brooks songwriter Stephanie Davis with
Pat Flynn and Roy Husky Jr., and
taught "Reggae" Banjo at The Tennesse Banjo
Institute with Grammy winner Bela Fleck
and Ritchie Stearns from the The Horseflies. Vince played in a nine-piece
Country Reggae band
in a "Bubba-dub style" and recently recorded for Jim Roberts Ancient
Hands project, a pop tribal CD
with Ballaphone and Banjo that has Victor Wooten, Beth Neilsen Chapman, and Ezra Mohawk.
Vince played mandolin and dulcimer in Kim's Fables a Pop Rock band with Middle East flavor,
and he sang lead and wrote for his own
Reggae, Calypso, and Ska band The Flying Flamingo
in "Nashville...The Home of Reggae Music".
1999-2000 Lived in Austin Texas. Performed solo with the banjo and sang
Urban Roots, a mainstay of the Austin reggae scene. Vince was a member
of vocal diva
Toni Price's band and played at the famous weekly "Hippy Hour"
with her at the Continental Club.
1998-1999: Lived in Boulder Colorado fronting in his own reggae/ska/calypso
band Big Phatty
which toured the ski towns of the Colorado
Rockies. Worked with Leftover Salmon's Vince Herman as a duo.
Also played with local Old-time musicians at dances, weddings and festivals
and played rub-board in a Zydeco band
1972-1986: Home base was West Virginia where Vince first
heard Old-time music and took up the banjo and mandolin.
Traveled to various Old-Time festivals like Ivydale, Glenville and Galax. Met and picked with folks like
Sherman Hammons,Bobby Taylor, Frank George, JP Fraley, and numerous other Old-Time players.
Was in a number of
stringbands playing Mountain Music, Western and Popular Swing, Irish and a
and was funded by The West Virginia Arts
Humanities Council in 1975 and 1977 with The Boogerhole Revival.
Played banjo and mandolin for The Stewed Mulligans
a WV Old-Time Stringband that played on The Home Shopping Network
and Mountain Stage. In 1978 first heard the Reggae album The Harder They Come
and played bass
in the Mountain States first reggae band with Stu Archer and The Goodtones.
In 1980 Vince fronted for Small Axe who played
for the next 12 years.
0-1972: Grew up outside of New York City in Pearl River N.Y..
1965-66 started playing guitar when his Mom bought him and his sister guitars for xmas, and
he had one guitar lesson at 14. Vince was influenced by folk music of various kinds and early Bob Dylan,
and Woody Guthrie, and listended to the variety of music coming out of New York City in the 60's like Motown,
Underground Rock Radio, Jazz and Classical music.
Vince heard the album Will The Circle Be Unbroken
which tuned him into Appalachian Songs and Tunes, and he was also influenced by 60's rock music
like The Beatles,
The Stones, Hendrix, etc.
The summer of 1972 Vince and a friend hitchiked to Miami Florida to hang in People's Park during the
Democratic National Covention, then on to DC where at the National Mall he heard an old time band
The Highwoods Sting Band and it was a life altering occasion. Upon arriving in Morgantown
heard more old time and he fell in love with the WV mountains, culture and it's music.
Michael Martin Murphy- Cowboy Christmas, Warner
David Schnaufer-Dulcimer Deluxe, SFL Tapes and
David Schnaufer-Dulcimer Sessions, SFL Tapes and Discs
David Schnaufer-Rosie's Arms and Other Retreats, Boy Howdy Records
Adie Grey-How To Find A Rainbow, Hey Baby Records
Gove Scrivenor-Shine On, No Age Records
Bob Shank-Front Porch Music, Self Produced
Stewed Mulligans-Repeat Offenders, Arrghho Records
Jim Roberts-Ancient Hands, Self Produced
Bongo Java Coffehouse-Nashville Artists, Compilation
Hayseed-Melic, Watermellon Records
May McKenna-Shore to Shore, Mill Records
Moving Mountains-Voices of Appalachia, Falling Mountain Music
Vince Farsetta-For The Times, Boy Howdy Records
Vince Farsetta-EverMore, ZED RECORDS
Vince Farsetta-Skat, ZED RECORDS
Upper left- with Toni Price, with Townes Van Zandt, with Larry Keel.
Lower left- with Stu Archer and Tom Ambrose, with Uncle Earl, with Dough Dillard.
Groups and people Vince has worked with:
Stone Mountain, (aka The Foggy Minded Stringband)-Played banjo, mandolin, lead and back
String band playing a variety of old time, old country classics, bluegrass and acoustic
The Boogerhole Revival- Played guitar, banjo, mandolin, lead and back vocals.
String band playing a variety of Irish, Old Time, Bluegrass and songs of Bessie Smith.
The Rebel Yellers- Played banjo, lead and back vocals.
Old time stringband.
Three Penny Opera- Played guitar, lead and back vocals.
Old Time Stringband
The Story Peddlers- Played banjo, lead and back vocals.
Theater group with live music performing
Grandfather and Jack tales of the Appalachian mountains.
The Goodtones- electric bass, percussion, lead and back vocals.
Caribbean band playing a variety of reggae, calypso, ska, and soca.
Small Axe- rythym and lead electric guitar, banjo, lead vocals. Fronted caribbean band- reggae, calypso ska.
Dave Morris Band- guitar, back vocals. Backup band for West Virginia folk singer.
Fillet of Swing- mandolin, back vocals. String band playing acoustic popular swing.
Al Drive and the 88's- guitar, mandolin, vocals. Undefinable.
The Pit Bulls- guitar, lead and back vocals. Old time Stringband.
The Jake-Leg Wobblers- guitar, lead and back vocals. Old time string band.
Alan Freeman- guitar, lead and back vocals. Duo with Dulcimer.
David Schanufer- guitar, banjo, lead and back vocals. Duo with National Dulcimer
Cactus Brothers- banjo, back vocals. Original driving country and rock with drums.
The Bing Brothers guitar, back vocals. Old time string band.
The Freewill Savages- guitar, lead and back vocals. New wave stringband with drums.
Popeels Pocket Fisherman guitar, lead and back vocals. String band with Sam Rizzetta nd
The Flying Flamingo- Electric guitar, banjo, lead vocal. Original and cover reggae, calypso, and ska.
Herbal Essence- guitar, banjo. Acoustic reggae band.
Fretalizer- guitar, banjo, mandolin, lead and back vocals. String band with David Schnaufer
and Ricky Roberts.
Toni Price and the Jam Wranglers- mandolin, banjo, back vocals. 6 piece band with drums, pedal
steel playing a mix of country rock and
The Wolf Kids- String band with David Schnaufer.
Stephanie Davis- mandolin. Garth Brooks songwriter studio demo's.
Pamela Stansbury mandolin, dulcimer, back vocals. Singer songwriter of gothic songs with 5 piece
Kim's Fable's- mandolin, dulcimer, back vocals. Middle eastern rock band with drums playin
contempory pop sounds.
Chris Dicroce-mandolin, dulcimer, back vocals. Singer songwriter of pop styles with band.
Hayseed- banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, back vocals. Singer songwriter of Americana with band.
Jim Roberts and the Ancient Hand Orchestra- banjo, banjo uke, guitar, back vocals. Pop tribal
old time fusion recording project.
Nine Lives- electric guitar, banjo, back vocals. 9 piece band fusing country with reggae.
Fayne Fulton and the Blue Hat Band- mandolin, banjo, back vocals. Singer songwriter with
an old country sound. 5 piece band with drums.
Buck 50- mandolin, banjo, back vocals. Original alternative country with drums.
Gringo Flamingo- mandolin, electric guitar. 5 piece carribean and latin band with drums.
Canebreak Quartet- mandolin, banjo, dulcimer. 5 piece original acoustic.
V Squared- banjo, mandolin, lead and back vocals. Duet with Vince Herman from Leftover
Stewed Mulligan- banjo, guitar, lead and back vocals. 5 piece old time string band in West Virginia.
Big Phatty- electric guitar, 6-string banjo, lead vocal. Fronted 5 piece band of origanl
and cover reggae, calypso, and ska in Boulder.
Clawgrass 2K- banjo, lead vocals. Fronted 5 piece electric funk jam banjo project in Boulder.
Gerry C and the Zydeco Jerkoffs- rub board, triangle, back vocals. Zydeco band.
Urban Roots- electric guitar, banjo, lead vocals. Fronted 5 piece original and cover
reggae, calypso, and ska in Austin Texas.
Sabor Latino- 5 string electric bass. 7 piece latin band performing a variety of merengue's,
bachata's, cumbia's, plena's and calypso with Spanish lead vocals.
Everly Brothers Reunion- Central City Kentucky with David Scnhaufer
Open for Townes Van Zandt- University of Texas Student Union with David Schnaufer
Liberty Lunch- Austin Texas with The Goodtones
Armadillo World Headquarters - Austin TX with The Goodtones.
Station Inn- Nashville TN Headlined as Vince Farsetta Band.
Exit Inn- Nashville TN- Open for Walk The West with Flying Flamingo.
Fox Theater- Boulder CO. with Yonder Mountain Stringband.
Mountain Stage- NPR National Public Radio with Stewed Mulligan.
Open for Delbert McClinton- with Toni Price, Exit Inn Nashville.
Open for Lucinda Williams with Hayseed, The Sutler, Nashville
First Night- Annapolis MD with Stewed Mulligan.
Summer Lights- Nashville TN with with David Schnaufer.
Arts and Letters hosted by Rachael Worby- WV Public Television with Stewed Mulligan.
QVC Channel with Stewed Mulligan.
Godfrey Daniels- Allentown PA with Boogerhole Revival.
Bob Marley Festival- Austin TX with Urban Roots.
Open for Cactus Brothers Brothers- Solo Banjo, Exit Inn, Nashville.
Poor David's Coffee House- Dallas TX with David Schnaufer.
Lomax Family Reunion- with David Schnaufer and Toni Price.
Loyds of London- Conference party with Fretalizer.
Open for Leftover Salmon- Fox Theater with Big Phatty.
Boulder Theater- Mardi Gras celebration with Gerry C and the Zydeco's Lameasses.
Open for Southern Culture on the Skids- with Buck 50 at The Bijou in Knoxville Tn.
The Orange Show- Houston Tx with David Schnaufer.
Casa de Anna y David- Detroit Mi. with David Schnaufer
The Continental Club- with Toni Price, Austin TX
Threadgills - with Toni Price, Austin TX.
Open for Tony Triska- 123 Pleasant St. solo banjo.
Open for Leftover Salmon- 123 Pleasant St. solo banjo.
Bob Marley Festival- San Marcos Tx with Urban Roots.
Belcourt Theater with Yonder Mountain Stringband and Tim O'Brien, Nashville.
upper left pic 1) with Toni Price at The Continental Club, Austin., 2) with Joe Meade and John Murphy
3) Old Same Place ca. 1975, 4) with Tramp and David Schnaufer.
*Participant in Country Music Hall Of Fame's Words and Music Program that taught school childern songwriting from 1987-1998.
*Banjo player in band for West Virginia Modern Dance Society's Orchesis touring colleges with choreographed dance Orange Blossom Special
*Musician and actor in The Story Peddlers -Theater group with live music telling old Jack and
Grandfather Tales from the Appalachian Mountains. Funded by the West Virginia Arts and
*Musician for dance classes at The Augusta Heritate Arts Workshops. Elkins West Virginia.
*Taught Old-Time Banjo to a principal actor for the HBO movie Andersonville,
about the civil war Confederate prison directed by John Frankenheimer.
*Plays banjo in the full length feature film "American Outlaw" released in 2002.
*Builder of Acoustic and Electric Mountain Dulcimers since 1990.
*BMI Writer and Publisher
*Batchelor of Arts Degree- International Studies, West Virginia University, 1982